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



A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ELOPEMENTS IN ITALY

WHY, HOW, WHERE, WHEN and HOW MUCH

Everything you need to know when you choose to

elope in Italy





Contents:

1. Elope in Italy: Why shall I do so?

2. How do I elope in Italy?

2.1 Legal information about eloping in Italy for UK and Irish citizens

2.2 If you are divorced

2.3 If you have changed your name

2.4 If you are American

3. Where can I elope in Italy? The best places to elope in Italy

Places of outstanding Natural Beauty

3.1 The Italian Alps

3.2 The Italian Lakes of the Lake District in Northern Italy

3.3 Portofino and Le Cinque Terre, Liguria

3.4 Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento

3.5 Apulia

3.6 Sicily

3.7 Memorable Mentions

Historical Cities

3.8 Elope in Venice

3.9 Elope in Florence

3.10 Elope in Rome

3.11 Memorable Mentions

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

5. How much will it cost to elope in Italy? What are the average packages of an elopement in Italy?

6. You might also like


We all know that the current circumstances have slightly shifted our idea of getting married abroad. Most of the couples who got in touch in 2019 were going to plan a destination wedding with an average of 40/60 guests. We are now receiving more and more enquiries for elopements and intimate weddings in Italy and this is absolutely great, we simply love them! This is why we decided to write a blog post about elopements in Italy, with everything you need to know on the matter to help you get a proper idea of what it is like to elope in such a gorgeous country.


So, let's start this exciting journey together!


Couple during sunset on their elopement in Tuscany, Italy



ELOPE IN ITALY: WHY SHALL I DO SO?


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! Add to this that everything will be accompanied by the finest food and wine, then eloping to Italy will automatically become a no brainer!


There is another huge plus about eloping in Italy: 


You can turn your wedding location into your honeymoon destination: you are already in such a beautiful country, so why not turn your wedding location into your honeymoon destination? 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 travel from the mountains to the seaside, as well as exploring historical cities of different regions. Take Tuscany for example: in only one region you can find spectacular mountains, one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy, the most famous and beautiful cities, like Florence (literally an open-air museum), Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Volterra, a glorious countryside where you can have relaxing wine tasting tours and all inclusive 5 star vacations in stunning ancient villas and Borghi. And this is just an example of just one Italian region!


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



HOW DO I ELOPE IN ITALY?

Legal Information about eloping in Italy


What do I need to elope 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 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. 


If you are a UK or Irish citizen:


In this case, you will need to obtain a Nulla Osta. How do you obtain a Nulla Osta?


If you are a UK citizen, you will have to get a Certificate of No Impediment. You will need to give notice at your local registry office no more than six months before your wedding date. 23 days after you have given notice the registry office will release a Certificate of No Impediment.


If you are an Irish citizen, you will need to complete a statutory declaration, a “Certificate de coutume” and you will need to complete an MP2A form and have it signed by an authorised signatory.


Below, you will find the documentation you will need to present in order to obtain a Nulla Osta:


  • Certificate of No Impediment (UK Citizens only)
  • Certificate de coutume & MP2A form (Irish Citizens only)
  • Original long Birth Certificate with the names of both your parents
  • Passport
  • Photocopies of the picture page of the passports for your two witnesses, listing their name, address and occupation.


If you are a divorced:


  • a Decree Absolute & previous marriage certificates


If you have changed your name:


  • Deed Poll


All documentation must be original or certified copies, and your Certificate of No Impediment must not be older than 6 months.


Source: Weddings Abroad Guide


If you are an America citizen:


You can find all the information you need to know at this link:


US Embassy in Italy, marriages


 

Special Tip from the Photographer: Have a symbolic ceremony instead!


If you read our blog, you will know that we are huge fans of symbolic ceremonies! They allow you to be free on your wedding day. By choosing to have a symbolic ceremony, you will take all the stress of legal hassles out of your day PLUS you will be free to have your ceremony ANYWHERE you like! 


Couple on their symbolic ceremony during their elopement in the Alps



WHERE CAN I ELOPE IN ITALY?

Best places to elope in Italy


As we were mentioning before, Italy has pretty much everything to offer. Coming up to specific locations and destinations is surely not an easy task, given the variety of options. To make the choice a bit easier, we will divide the potential destinations into 2 big groups:




OUTDOOR PLACES OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY FOR AN ITALIAN ELOPEMENT




1. The Italian Alps


At the very top of our list we have the Italian Alps. Again, if you read our blog and you follow us and 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 having a wedding through our work.


Couple on their winter elopement in the Italian Alps


So, at the very top of our list we have the Italian Alps. The three main destinations for an elopement in the Italian Alps  are:



We recently posted a full comprehensive guide about Eloping in the Italian Alps where you will find all you need to know about the locations above. To know all about the topic, just follow the link below:


The Ultimate Guide to Plan an Elopement in the Italian Alps


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


At the second place in our list we have the Italian Lakes in Northern Italy.


Getting married at the Italian Lakes is surely a unique experience. You would be surrounded by outstanding natural beauty while living a proper Italian experience. For elopements at the Italian Lakes, the most popular destinations are:


  • Lake Como
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Lake Garda


Couple shoot on an elopement on an Italian Lake
Couple eloping in the Lake District in Northern Italy
Elopement on a lake in Northern Italy
Couple photoshoot during their elopement in an Italian Lake


Tip from the photographer:


Why not consider Lake Orta instead? Much less known that its most famous siblings, Lake Orta is second to none in terms of charm, beauty and magical atmosphere. Since it is so much less known, eloping in Lake Orta would also mean saving a bit on your Italian elopement, which is always a plus if you are looking for slightly cheaper elopement packages. And you would not compromise a bit, that is guaranteed!


3. Portofino and Le Cinque Terre, Liguria. 


If for your elopement you are looking for a seaside destination, with pristine waters, old typical stone towns surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, then Portofino and Le Cinque Terre in Liguria 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.


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



ELOPE IN PORTOFINO


Portofino is a little gemstone on the Ligurian coast: rich in Mediterrean 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


4. Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento


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 wedding destinations, but as we were mentioning, the options are several.


For a few first suggestions, you can check out the link below:


Wedding venues on 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. 


View of the Vesuvio from the Sorrento Bay during an elopement


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!


5. 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 photoshoot on their elopement in Apulia


6. 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 Mediterrean 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!!):


  • Taormina
  • Palermo
  • Syracuse
  • San Vito Lo Capo
  • La Riserva dello Zingaro and Scopello
  • Catania
  • The Aeolian Islands

 

Couple who eloped in Sicily, Italy


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!! :) 


  • Piedmont
  • Trentino
  • Umbria
  • Versiglia


HISTORICAL CITY DESTINATIONS FOR AN ELOPEMENT IN ITALY


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.

 


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO ELOPE IN ITALY?


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



ELOPEMENT PACKAGES ITALY: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ELOPE IN ITALY?


* CHECK OUT OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE ELOPEMENT PACKAGE *


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:


* CHECK OUT OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE ELOPEMENT PACKAGE *


GET IN TOUCH!


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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Comments

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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