Weddings in Puglia, Southern Italy
You've probably seen or heard of destination weddings in Tuscany, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast, but one of Italy’s less talked about regions is one of my all time favourite regions to explore and tie the knot.
It’s no coincidence that recently Puglia or Apulia is getting the spotlight! Its white sandy beaches, breathtaking landscape and outstanding cuisine are just some of the reasons why everyone (both Italians and foreigners alike) are falling in love with this coastal region.
It is an ideal spot for a gorgeous destination wedding in an exclusive setting. Less touristic and very authentic, Puglia boasts the longest mainland coastline in Italy filled with some of the most stunning beaches surrounded by electric blue water.
It stretches along the east coast of the country giving it distinct characteristics with some of the most picturesque landscapes, while also being full of vibrant culture and unique flavours. Here you will enjoy a wonderful time where locals will treat you as one of their own.
If you're thinking about a wedding in Puglia you will enjoy sun kissed settings, romantic, intimate and elegant charm mixed with outstanding local cuisine and good weather all year round.
Apulia is most famous for its authentic Masserias but is also home to glamorous villas and chic seaside venues, so the options are endless.
Weddings in Apulia are perfect for multi day events as it is traditional here for locals to enjoy three day weddings too.
Imagine dining amongst the olive groves or saying your vows on a beach at sunset, Puglia is the epitome of pure romantic Italian bliss, a wonderful region that’s perfect for an unforgettable wedding in Italy.
Being home to lots of whitewashed towns, ancient farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, it is the perfect place to spend your days before and after your wedding exploring. Its capital Bari is a vibrant port and an old town where local ladies hand make the regional orecchiette pasta on the doorsteps of family run restaurants.
Lecce is known as the “Florence of the South” as it is full of similar architecture. While Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to the traditional trulli stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.
The beaches near Ostuni are among the most beautiful throughout Italy.
20 kilometers of coastlines where it is possible to enjoy a crystal clear sea and some beautiful unspoilt beaches. With its landscape rich in dunes, Ostuni beaches offer a perfect place for those who want to relax with family and friends and those choosing to get married on the sand. You can find a wide range of wild beaches, as well as furnished beaches to suit everybody’s needs.
Along limestone cliffs on the Valle d'Itria coast, Polignano a mare is a town that has narrow, winding streets leading to churches that have been there for centuries and white houses covered with colourful vines and plants. In the centre there are plenty of lively aperitivo and coffee bars packed with locals.
Just along the coast from Polignano a Mare, the quiet medieval port town of Monopoli has a sandy beach and plenty of authentic pizzerias. There’s a gorgeous promenade to walk along while admiring the traditional blue fishing boats sitting in the harbour.
Pretty seaside Trani has one of the smartest marinas in Puglia, where yachts dock in the harbour and a beautiful duomo is set right over the sea. This little village is about an hour’s drive north of Bari.
The town of Vieste rises out of the sea, with old buildings clinging to the cliffs. It lies between two sandy beaches and the surrounding area is greener and more wild than anywhere else in Puglia – the National Park of Gargano is brilliant for those that love hiking.
Martina Franca is the biggest village in Valle d’Itria. This pretty old town is separated from the new town by gates which, when it was a completely walled fortress, acted as entry points. The piazzas are home to grand duomos and palazzos, the most famous of which is Basilica di San Martino.
And I can’t finish without mentioning Matera, although not in Puglia, it lies just outside. This ancient city is full of history and visitors are drawn in by the Sassi di Matera which is the districts known for their cave dwellings converted into hotels, as well as its fabulous restaurants.
With many more locations than I have mentioned on offer in Puglia, it is no surprise to realise that it has a seemingly unending option of incredibly beautiful wedding venues to stay at and enjoy your wedding celebrations in.
The region has the most relaxed mood you can find in a Meditteranean destination with the plus of the authentic Italian way of enjoying life, food, and wine.
It is a destination with easy access from all over Europe making it a perfect destination wedding location for large events and it has a mix of beautiful beaches and historical sites that no other wedding locations in southern Europe can offer.
So if you love the sound of a destination wedding, proposal, elopement or honeymoon in Puglia, and the Mediterranean hospitality is what you are after, please get in touch with us soon and together we can get started on planning your wedding of your dreams