Summer opens the season of weddings and Italy knows it very well.
Beautiful scenery, enviable food and unique wines make it easy to choose to celebrate the big day in the BelPaese. Foreign couples who choose to promise eternal love to each other in various Italian cities are rapidly increasing.
It is a growing sector that generates more than a million visitors from 25 countries with a total turnover of 315 million euros. About 8% of tourists who annually visit Italy do it for reasons related to love, weddings, anniversaries or honeymoons. Among the most popular locations is Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, with its 7,000 foreign marriages that are celebrated every year, and definitely the most popular destination. To follow Venice, Florence, Rome, the countryside around Siena, the Amalfi Coast with Capri and, in the last few years, Salento in Puglia. First of all to favor Italy are the British, followed by the Americans, Russians, Japanese, Irish and Arabs.
Many VIPs do not want to miss their opportunity to utter “Yes, I do” in Italy, either within the walls of ancient Italian churches and castles for lavish weddings or intimate ceremonies for just a select few.
The first celebrities who decided to get married in the Basilica of Santa Francesca Romana in Rome were Hollywood actors Linda Christian and Tyrone Power in 1949. More hype and interest surrounded the glamorous party that joined the actor Tom Cruise to Katie Holmes in Palace Odescalchi on Lake Bracciano. The same location was chosen later by Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt with the world’s most expensive wedding ever celebrated with performances by Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys and Andrea Bocelli.
George Clooney has instead chosen the elegant Palace of the XIII Century Ca’ Farsetti in Venice as a frame for its long-awaited marriage with beautiful lawyer Amal Clooney with a party held at the Seven Stars Resort Aman Grand Canal. Always in the lagoon of Venice, this time on San Clemente Isle, the marriage of Vinita, daughter of an Indian iron tycoon, for a Bollywood-style ceremony with 800 guests, two elephants, endless banquets and concerts by Shakira and Gotan Project. While her sister, the third daughter Ritika Agarwal preferred the traditional masseria San Domenica in Savelletri in Puglia, for a three-day Apuian-style wedding extravanganza in great splendour and a multitude of guests.
Puglia also hosted the glamorous wedding of actress Jessica Biel and pop star Justin Timberlake in a delightful resort in Alto Salento.
Another popular destination loved by foreigners is Florence and right here at Forte Belvedere rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married. While the beautiful Portofino was chosen by footballer Wayne Rooney and his then-girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin for a pharaonic celebration.
While the beautiful Portofino was chosen by footballer Wayne Rooney and his girlfriend Coleen McLoughli with/for a pharaonic celebration.
These are just some examples of celebrities who have chosen our country. However, you don’t need to be a celebrity to enjoy such lifestyle. Italy offers a lot of locations for different ideas, styles and budgets, you just have to choose the place that most excites you and that’s all. After all, who would not want to spend the most important day in the life of a couple in a picture perfect location?
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