Getting Married in Italy

Italy – Useful Facts

Flight time from UK 2.5 hrs
Time Difference GMT +1
Best time to travel Tourist season is generally Spring, Summer and Autumn. Major tourist attractions and cities can get very busy in the hottest summer months.
Capital City Rome
Languages Italian, although French and German are also spoken in some regions.
Local currency Euro (EUR) – Check exchange rate
Other information October can see heavy rain.

Venice, ItalyWhat could be more romantic than Italy, with Venetian canals and Renaissance elegance, warm blue seas and picturesque seaside towns? Read on to find out more about some of the perfect locations for getting married in Italy.

What to take and do

You should always check the specific documentation and information required of you, and do this well in advance of your wedding date with your own appropriate Embassy.

For UK citizens, plenty of information can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.

Some of the requirements specific to Italy are a visit to the Marriage Office (Ufficiale di Stato Civile) at least four days prior to the ceremony to inform them of your intention to marry. You will also need a Nulla Osta form which declares that you are free to marry.

For more information, read our guide to getting married abroad, including common documentation required.

Where to go

Rome, Italy
Italy’s capital offers a blend of Romanic and Baroque architecture and the historical Coliseum. Home to the Vatican City, Rome is ideal for a Catholic wedding in one of its beautiful historic Catholic churches. (However, do note that religious wedding ceremonies for non-resident couples can take a lot of organising in Italy).

Arguably the most romantic Italian setting, and known as Italy’s floating jewel, Venice is home to countless canals, alleyways, bridges and palaces. Civil ceremonies are held in the 17th century Palazzo Cavalli, which overlooks the Grand Canal.

Boasting an unrivalled classical elegance, and home to the most important art collections in Europe, couples can get married in sumptuous halls, hillside churches or historical town halls.

Italian Riviera
Rugged and beautiful coastlines interspersed with quaint fishing ports and gorgeous sandy beaches, the Italian Riviera is a perfect destination for those seeking a romantic seaside marriage. Choose from a 16th century castle on a causeway in Rapello, to a romantic 12th century port of Portovenere or the stunning mountain backdrop of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Beautiful Renaissance countryside, medieval villages, olive groves and vineyards typify the Tuscan landscape. A wealth of pretty villages nestle in the valleys, by the sea and among medieval towers.

Amalfi Coast
Known as one of the most beautiful stretches of European coastline, marriages can be celebrated in towns throughout the region, ranging from monastery cloisters in Sorrento to the magnificent cathedral at Amalfi.

Honeymoons in Italy

One of the major advantages of getting married abroad is that you can stay on for your perfect, romantic honeymoon. Read more about honeymoons in Italy here.