Amalfi | ITALY
Wondering where to get married in Italy? Planning a wedding in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast? Without a doubt, Italy is one of the world’s most popular choices for destination weddings, and its spectacular Amalfi Coast is among the most marvelous and romantic options available.
This country in the Mediterranean is really blessed! From the amazing vineyards and villas in Tuscany to the hills of Amalfi coast. The romantic Venice and the elegant Lake Como.
On this post, I will present you shortly two of the most popular wedding venues in Ravello in the Amalfi Coast.
With a number of gorgeous little villages to choose from, what makes a Ravello wedding more special than weddings in Sorrento or Positano, or even its main town of Amalfi? In my opinion, it’s the unique mix of arts and culture, combined with an ever so slightly ‘off the main strip’ location that gives it pole position. A wedding in Ravello is definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
Situated high on the hills overlooking the stunning Mediterranean Sea, Ravello is widely regarded as the most panoramic town on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. I will dare to say that it resembles a lot the views of Santorini! These two places have a lot in common actually. Both places have astonishing vies and are popular wedding destinations. Aside from Ravello weddings, this chic and romantic destination is also popular for tourists thanks to its breathtaking views, beautiful historic buildings and elegant formal gardens. Ravello is also long associated with the arts and is still regarded as a cultural point to this day thanks to its annual music and arts festival. All of which presents the perfect opportunity for a magical Ravello wedding day!
What makes Ravello a great wedding destination?
Did I speak about the views? Ravello is graced with some of the most spectacular landscapes that Italy has to offer. Not only does it boast views of the impossibly blue Mediterranean Sea, but it’s dotted with beautiful ancient buildings, colorful formal gardens and pretty cobbled streets lined with flowers. Needless to say, there’s no scarcity of photogenic locations for your Ravello wedding photos and even your wedding ceremony. Civil weddings can take place in the ancient 12th Century town hall, or by arrangement, in some Palazzos or gardens. For those who prefer a religious ceremony, there is a selection of beautiful ancient churches in the town, including the magnificent Duomo, overlooking the main town square. Ravello is also the perfect base for exploring the remaining towns along the Amalfi Coast, with Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi, and the island of Capri all close by.
How to get legally married in Ravello?
Well, the best answer is to have a wedding planner! They can take care of all the technicalities and make sure your wedding is a dream. Of course, investing in one of the best wedding photographers covering Italy will make sure this dream will last forever!
Civil weddings can take place either in the beautiful, ornate Palazzo Tolla (Town Hall) or it’s stunning adjoining garden, Principessa di Piemonte. Ravello weddings are officiated by the Mayor or his delegate and can take place on any day of the week (however your paperwork may only be presented at the Comune di Ravello on weekday mornings, and only by prior appointment). You will be asked to present two adult witnesses, to attend your wedding ceremony and you may also require a translator. Although, these can generally be arranged and provided via your local Ravello wedding planner if required so. As Ravello is an extremely popular wedding destination, you should contact the Comune di Ravello as soon as possible, to arrange an appointment and also to reserve your chosen wedding venue (either the Town Hall or the adjacent garden). Again, your Ravello wedding planner can usually arrange this for you.
Couples wishing to get married in a Catholic service in Ravello have a choice of three breathtaking historic Catholic churches – The Duomo of Ravello, Santa Maria a Gradillo or San Francesco d’Assisi.
Catholic wedding ceremonies in Ravello are legally binding, provided that the couple provides all of the relevant legal paperwork and providing that the ceremony is conducted by a local priest (you may not provide your own parish priest if you wish to have a legally binding wedding ceremony in Ravello). If however, you have already legally married in a civil ceremony (either at home or elsewhere), it is possible for a Catholic wedding ceremony in Ravello to be symbolic only.
Catholic wedding services in Ravello are conducted by an English speaking Catholic priest and they may take place on any day of the week, however, no Catholic wedding can take place during Easter week.
Two of the best wedding reception venues in Ravello are:
The ancient Villa Rufolo is located in the center of Ravello and you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views that the Amalfi Coast has to offer. Of course, having a stroll at the picturesque “Garden of the Soul” is an experience you will remember for life!
The 11th century Villa Cimbrone is definitely a must for your visit to Ravello. You can stroll the gardens and enjoy the spectacular view from the “Terrace of Infinity”. On a clear day, it’s often impossible to see a separation between the all blue sky from the sea. Visitors or your wedding guests can stay the night at the villa’s hotel or have dinner in the onsite Michelin starred restaurant. Villa Cimbrone is also available for wedding and for many good reasons, is one of the most popular venues for a Ravello wedding. Couples can get married in the grounds of the villa (legally binding Protestant, Jewish and Waldensian ceremonies are possible) or hold a symbolic ceremony. Onsite receptions and cocktail functions can also be held in various spaces within the gardens. A bridal portrait on the “Terrace of Infinity” is a must for your wedding album. There are just so many photographic opportunities in this amazing Italian villa!
Highlights and things to do in Ravello
If you happen to visit Ravello between the months of July and October, please make sure to book some tickets to the annual Ravello Festival, and watch a performance by a world-renowned orchestra performing on a stage perched over the Mediterranean sea.
Make also sure to enjoy a glass of the famous local Limoncello liqueur, probably the best in the world, and the perfect aperitif to serve at your Ravello wedding.
So, I can tell you for sure from my scouting that a wedding in Ravello on the Amalfi coast will be an experience that you must have!
Hope that post will help your planning a destination wedding in Italy!