Eloping in Italy

Everything you have always wanted to know about elopements in Italy

Eloping in Italy: why, how, where, when, how much | A comprehensive guide


Everything you need to know when you choose to

elope in Italy

Elope in Italy, one of the best choices you could ever do! If it is true that Italian people are not very familiar with this formula, it is equally true that Italy is one of the favourite destinations chosen by many couples for their elopement abroad. And we absolutely love elopements in Italy, our homecontry, so if you need help planning your day go ahead, get in touch and book a free consultation!


Elopements have evolved immensely over the past years. Back in the days couples that decided to elope were “simply” secretly getting hitched without telling anyone about their plans. Nowadays an elopement is a full experience, a day (sometimes even several days) focused solely on the couple that chooses to share a one of a kind experience in some stunning destinations around the world. And Italy has everything to offer: from outstanding natural landscapes, to historical cultural cities, from perfect weather to the most delicious culinary experience.

So, let’s dig deeper and let’s have a proper tour about elopements in Italy!

Couple that just eloped on a beach in Sicily enjoying the first light at dawn.


1. Elope in Italy: Why choose Italy for your elopement abroad?

2. What do I need to elope in Italy?

3. Where can I elope in Italy? The best destinations for your Italian Elopement

Destinations of outstanding Natural Beauty

Northern Italy

3.1 Italian Alps and Dolomites

3.2 The Lake District

3.3 The Italian Riviera

3.4 Elope in Portofino

Central Italy

3.5 Chiantishire and Val d'Orcia

3.6 Apuan Alps

Southern Italy & Islands

3.7 The Amalfi Coast & Sorrento

3.8 Apulia

3.9 Sicily

Historical Cities

3.10 Elope in Venice

3.11 Elope in Florence

3.12 Elope in Rome

4. When is the best time to elope in Italy?

5. COSTS of an elopement in Italy. What are the average packages of an elopement in Italy?

6. You might also like

Couple during sunset on their elopement in Tuscany, Italy


The reasons why one should choose Italy for their elopement destination are several. Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, so versatile and full of many options for all the tastes.

Whether you love the mountains or the seaside, whether you love historical cities or the countryside, in Italy you can find every option you might think of! 

Also, you can turn your elopement destination into your honeymoon destination! Most of our couples decide to invest the money that they would have spent on a big wedding back home on a beautiful trip, either around Europe or around Italy. And how can we blame them? We often meet our couples half way through their adventure. Once they have eloped, the second half of their trip instantly becomes their special honeymoon.

One great thing about Italy is that it is a small country, with a short drive or train trip, you can be anywhere you want. With only a couple of hours drive you can easily travel from the mountains to the seaside, as well as exploring historical cities of different regions.

As elopement photographers based in Italy, we are always more than happy to help our couples lay out an itinerary for their special trip in our country and share all our expertise and knowledge with them!

View of the Colosseum during elopement in Rome
View of San Galgano Abbey during elopement in Tuscany
View of a little borgo on the Ligurian coast line
Aerial View of Volterra during elopement in Tuscany
View of Cervo, Liguria while eloping on the coastline in Italy
Mountain view on an adventurous elopement
Mountain lake view while eloping in the Italian Alps


Legal Information about eloping in Italy

What is required to get married in Italy? What are the legalities for an Italian wedding?

One wonderful thing about marriages in Italy is that they do not require you to be a resident. Also, Italy legally recognises both religious and civil weddings. Please note that if you do not speak Italian, for the ceremony to be legally binding, you will need an official translator. 

Tip from the photographer: have a symbolic ceremony instead!

Having a symbolic ceremony will definitely be one of the best choices you can ever do on your elopement day! We always advise to take care of all legalities back home and have an intimate exchange of vows here in Italy. It will make things cheaper, easier and most importantly very flexible. If you choose to have a symbolic ceremony, you can have it anywhere you like, whether it be on a beach at dawn or surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks at sunset!

Couple on their symbolic ceremony during their elopement in the Alps


The best destinations for your Italian Elopement

Narrowing down the potential destinations you can choose for your elopement in Italy is not an easy task given the variety of options. To make this overview a bit easier, we will divide the potential destinations into 2 big groups:




- Italian Alps and Dolomites
- The Lake District
- The Italian Riviera

- Chiantishire and Val d’Orcia
- Apuan Alps

- The Amalfi Coast and Sorrento
- Apulia
- Sicily 


1. The Italian Alps

At the very top of our list we have the Italian Alps. If you read our blog and follow our work, you will surely know that there is nothing we like more than mountains. We love spending our free time outdoors, trekking, skiing or climbing and this is also one of the reasons we want to promote a sustainable way of living and of planning a wedding. Our three top picks for an elopement in the Italian Alps are:

The Dolomites

Valle d’Aosta

Alta Valle di Susa

We recently posted a full comprehensive guide about Eloping in the Italian Alps where you will find everything you need to know about the locations above. Just follow the link below:

The Ultimate Guide to Plan an Elopement in the Italian Alps

Couple on their winter elopement in the Italian Alps

2. The Italian Lakes of the Lake District in Northern Italy

Nothing beats the colours and atmosphere the Italian Lakes in Northern Italy can create!

For elopements at the Italian Lakes, the most popular destinations are:

Lake Como

Lake Maggiore

Lake Garda

Just married couple enjoying the view of Lake Como in Northern Italy

Tip from the photographer: Why not consider Lake Orta instead? Much less known than its most famous siblings, Lake Orta is second to none in terms of charm, beauty and magical atmosphere. Opting for a less popular destination will surely pay off when it comes to avoiding the crowds!

Couple eloping in the Lake District in Northern Italy
Couple photoshoot during their elopement in an Italian Lake

3. The Italian Riviera: Le Cinque Terre and Portofino

If for your elopement you are looking for a seaside destination, with pristine waters, old typical stone towns surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, cobblestone little roads and secret narrow “caruggi” (typical Ligurian alleys), then the Italian Riviera is the place for you. 

Cinque Terre” literally means the Five Lands, it is a coastal area in Liguria that stretches within 5 beautiful towns,  Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you love hiking and you’d like to explore one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy at a slow pace, enjoying the surroundings to the fullest, then you should check out the Blue Path (il Sentiero Azzurro). A 12 km easy trail that connects the 5 fishing towns and will take you on a stunning walk through beauty and history.

Couple eloping in Cervo, Liguria
Couple photoshoot an Cerco, on the Italian Coastline
Elopement in Liguria, on the coastline in Northern Italy
View of Cervo, Liguria


Portofino is a little gemstone on the Ligurian coast: rich in Mediterranean personality, Portofino is a town that's been loved by artists and writers over time. The famous "Piazzetta" and its typical colourful houses, have been the source of inspiration for travellers, visitors and artists for hundreds of years. Its perfect and always mild climate makes it the ideal destination in any season.

Italian elopement in Portofino, Liguria
Italian elopement in Portofino, Liguria
Italian elopement in Portofino, Liguria
Italian elopement in Portofino, Liguria
Italian elopement in Portofino, Liguria

Italian elopement in Portofino, Liguria


1. Chiantishire and Val d'Orcia

Probably two of the most famous regions in Tuscany and for very good reasons. All the most iconic images that will come up in your mind when thinking of the Italian countryside will be those of Chiantishire and Val d’Orcia. These two regions nestle some of the most beautiful venues in Italy, surrounded by endless hills of vineyards and olive groves. Homes of several UNESCO site heritages, the Chiantishire and Val d’Orcia are spectacular destinations all year round, although Autumn and Spring are our favourite periods!

For a better understanding of Val d’Orcia and its uniqueness, have a look at the recent guide we wrote here below:

Visit Val d’Orcia

Typical Italian views with cypresses in Val d'Orcia
Bride and groom walking happily in a typical Tuscan field with cypresses in the background

2. Apuan Alps

Definitely not a destination most known abroad, the Apuan Alps region is still one of the most peculiar and beautiful natural regions in Central Italy. Wild and green, it is situated in a very strategic place as it is right in between the Italian Riviera and the southern part of Tuscany.


1. The Amalfi Coast & Sorrento

Views of the Amalfi Coast at sunset

Moving towards Southern Italy, we simply cannot overlook one of the most beautiful coastline in Italy, the Amalfi Coast. There are several options for elopements on the Amalfi Coast: if you want to get married in front of the sea, with one of the most breathtaking views you can find in Italy, then this is the place you should start looking into. Amalfi and Positano are only the most famous destinations, but as we were mentioning, the options are several.

We have just published a guide about Eloping in the Amalfi Coast, with all the different options you might have.

Find the link below:

A guide to elope in the Amalfi Coast

In the same Naples area you can then find Sorrento. Sorrento is not on the Amalfi coast but it overlooks an equally stunning bay, the bay of Naples with views of Naples, the Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. 

Tip from the photographer: 

Whether you choose to elope in Sorrento or in Amalfi, drive through The Amalfi Drive, an ancient Roman road connecting Sorrento and Amalfi, carved out of the side of the coastal cliffs, with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and of the whole coastal area. A must see!

Or again, if you are a hiking lover, don’t miss out on a hike on the Path of the Gods, a 7.8 km trek that will lead you through historic towns on ancient mule routes where you will be able to enjoy some of the most spectacular views in Italy.

View of the Vesuvio from the Sorrento Bay during an elopement

2. Apulia

We keep travelling towards the beautiful South and we stop in Apulia, with the crystal waters of Salento. If you are looking for something really unique, then getting married within olive trees, on a stunning beach, surrounded by the famous Trulli of the Itria Valley is really quite an exceptional experience.

In Apulia people pride themselves on the food, which cannot fear any competition in other parts of Italy. If you love seafood, this is your region, famous also for its Crudo di Pesce, a specialty of Bari that will give you a sensory experience of pure pleasure.

If you decide to elope in Apulia, you will immediately feel all the hospitality and warmth of the people of the South. You will have the chance to experience a slow and relaxing time, while discovering hidden corners of outstanding natural beauty without the frenetic stress of a city full of people and tourists. From ancient medieval castles, to Spanish fortified towers, to noble French villas, to breathtaking natural landscapes, Apulia is really one of the top choices for an elopement in Italy.

Couple who eloped in Sicily, Italy

3. Sicily

First things first, Sicily is Carol’s favourite region in Italy and this gives you already a good enough reason to elope here! :)

Jokes aside, what makes Sicily such a special place for a destination wedding and an elopement is surely its charm. A charm that comes from its history as a melting pot region within the Mediterranean countries, but not also. When you travel around Sicily, you will find past traces of the Europeans, Africans and Asians; you will experience all the Norman, Arabic, Greek, Roman influences, its extraordinary landscapes and nature. Thanks to its great climate, during Spring and into Autumn, the weather is always delightful. 

Sicilian food and pastry are famous worldwide. Also, if you love nature and outdoor sports like climbing, diving or biking but you also love history and cultural cities, look no further than Sicily, it will not let you down.

Places to check out for an elopement in Sicily are (and these are just a few first suggestions!!):

San Vito Lo Capo
La Riserva dello Zingaro and Scopello
The Aeolian Islands


Just married couple walking at dawn in from of Isola Bella, Taormina, Sicily
Bride and groom kissing with golden light in the background in a typical street in Taormina, Sicily
Couple kissing at sunset in the main square in Taormina, Sicily

Memorable Mentions:

Other wonderful regions that are really worth a mention are the ones listed below. A whole chapter should be written for each and everyone of them! Again, for any further info on Italian destinations for an elopement, please do not hesitate to GET IN TOUCH, we can literally bore you to death!! :) 

Trentino Alto Adige


When it comes to choosing an historical and art city for an elopement, Italy again offers all the options one could think of.

Here below you will find a list of unique and superb cities that you can choose for your elopement in Italy, but keep in mind that the options again are infinite. If you need any further help in this regard, you are more than welcome to send us an email and receive all our support!

1. Elope in Venice

Well, I guess Venice doesn’t need much of an introduction, Venice is one of a kind. It may not offer cliff or mountain views, but getting married in a city that is literally built on water is truly a magical experience. Let alone Venice’s stunning sea sunsets, canals, gondolas and outstanding architecture. 

2. Elope in Florence

We might be a bit biased when it comes to elopements in Florence. Florence is our dear foster city, a city that we simply love exploring everyday. Again, Florence doesn’t need much of an introduction, literally an open-air museum, it is the city with the highest number of architectural outstanding sites in the whole world. Surrounded by hills with wonderful typical Tuscan little towns, in Florence and in its surrounding province you will experience a true Italian time on your elopement.

Couple during their elopement in Florence
A view of Ponte Vecchio while eloping in Florence
View of Florence Cathedral on an elopement day in Florence
Couple on a photoshoot at Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

3. Elope in Rome

Couple eloping in Rome, posing in front of the Colosseum
Couple on their Rome elopement

It might sound repetitive but again, Rome is one of a kind! Walking through its city center is really priceless. Since it is almost impossible to describe such a grand city with words, have a look at Kay & James’s elopement in Rome instead to have an idea of how an elopement in such a beautiful city might turn out like!

Kay & James’s elopement in Rome

Eloping in Rome, couple photoshoot in the city
Couple photoshoot on their elopement in Rome, Fori Romani
Eloping in Rome, couple posing in front of Castel Sant'Angelo

Memorable Mentions:

Other wonderful cities (amongst many others!) in Italy that are really worth a check are Naples, with its wonderful bay, Bari and Palermo, a vibrant city in Sicily, rich with culture and history.



There is not really a best time to elope in Italy. As with most things, it very much depends on your taste and on what you are envisioning for your day. The great thing about Italy is that it offers pretty much any climate you can ever think of

If you like hot long days, with a nice refreshing evening breeze, then Summer time is the period you should go for. Whether you choose to elope in Northern Italy or on the coastline, these are the characteristics you will mainly find in this season.

View of the Tuscan countryside

Tuscany for example is wonderful in Summer time: with its very long days, it will give you the best sunsets you can ever hope for. But of course, it can get very hot, so that is one thing you may want to keep in mind when choosing the period of the year to elope in Italy. Remember, especially when it comes to elopements, ASK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER or the experts you are working with. They are here to help you with every aspect of your day, they are here to assist you and share with you all their experience and knowledge. So, when planning your elopement in Italy, don’t be shy and ask for advice

Important tip from the photographer: 

In Summer time avoid elopements in historical cities, they can get HOT and crowded. Better to wait for late September, beginning of October for elopements in cities like Florence or Rome for example. May is also one wonderful month to choose, cities in May start to wake up from their Winter break and they get filled with the most wonderful light and spring vibes! 

View of Siena, Tuscany
View of Siena's Cathedral, Tuscany
View of Rome taken during an elopement

As a general rule anyway, Spring and Autumn months are the best to choose when it comes to eloping in Italy, you will find the ideal climate, much fewer people around and prices are definitely cheaper!

If your plans are those to elope in the Italian Alps instead, choosing Winter time or Summer time will make a big difference. There is not a better period than the other, when choosing though, keep in mind that winters in the alps are proper winters. Your choices might be limited to the weather conditions, to the amount of snow and so on. Winters are STUNNING in the Alps, you just need to set your expectations and again, get proper advice from the experts you will work with. To know more about eloping in the Italian Alps, feel free to check out the guide we recently published on our website:

The ultimate guide to plan an elopement in the Italian Alps

Couple while eloping in the Alps in Winter time



When it comes to packages for elopements in Italy, we enter again a very personal sphere. Prices and budgets are different for each and everyone of us. When setting the budget for your elopement, you should decide straight away what would be the most important things for you on your day. Again, for everyone that reads our blog, they will surely know that we value experience over stuff. Of course, we are talking about your wedding day, so there is nothing wrong in wanting to feel good and splurge on a couple of things. 

As a general (more practical) rule, you should know that Lake Garda, Umbria and Sicily are destinations that are good for smaller budgets.

Lake Como is still quite popular, so certain town halls charge higher tariffs. Always remember that you can choose to have a symbolic ceremony instead, which will definitely give you lots of freedom on your wedding day. 

For elopements on the Amalfi Coast, in Rome or in Venice, prices can get a bit higher, as these are considered more luxurious destinations in Italy. 

When we speak with couples that are starting to plan their elopement, we realise that many times they only have in mind the most famous and most seen Italian destinations, which are often also the most expensive.

Couple posing in Piazzale Michelangelo on their elopement in Florence

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and full of unique and spectacular places. We are lucky to know it very well, so we would absolutely love to suggest alternative and a bit less expensive destinations, but equally as stunning.

Together with our photography elopement packages, we also offer an all-inclusive elopement package where you can combine photography and planning, along with many other services for a fully customisable and stress-free experience.

To find out all about it, check out the link below:



We really hope you've found this guide helpful. If you are starting to plan your elopement in Italy and you need more information and directions from an elopement photographer based in Italy, please feel free to get in touch at info@bennicarolphotography.com or to fill up our contact form HERE.

We would be more than happy to help you through the first stages of your journey as well as assist you alongside this wonderful adventure!



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Marla 24 Marzo, 2021 | 03:50

What a comprehensive guide! Thank you so much for sharing this info!

Benni Carol 24 Marzo, 2021 | 13:49

Thank you so much Marla, really glad you found it helpful! xx

Lucy Lloyd-Jones 23 Marzo, 2021 | 16:13

This article and the photos are so good I was mentally running through the paperwork I'd need and if I had it when I remembered 1) I'm not actually divorced yet and 2) I not actually dating anyone. Would definitely be a lonely marriage. Really cracking article

Benni Carol 23 Marzo, 2021 | 20:13

Ahaha, but it would still be the marriage of an awesome person in an awesome place :D Thank you so much Lucy, you always manage to put a smile on our faces! xx

Molly 23 Marzo, 2021 | 14:21

Yup. I officially cannot wait to get back to Italy! These photos are so stunning and any couple that chooses to elope in Italy is making a great decision!

Benni Carol 23 Marzo, 2021 | 14:56

Thank you ever so much! Italy offers so many different options for so many different tastes :)

Silvia 23 Marzo, 2021 | 11:28

So detailed and useful 😍 and I love your photography so much! thanks for sharing!

Benni Carol 23 Marzo, 2021 | 14:54

Thank you so much Silvia, glad you found it useful :) Italy is such a beautiful country!


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