And, not to mention Tuscany’s wine country, the dramatic coastline of Cinque Terry and the beaches of Sicily. But regardless of where you find yourself, passion for life is evident everywhere, from incredible cuisine served by flirtatious waiters to al fresco artisans showcasing their wares.
Whether you want a civil or traditional ceremony, you won’t have trouble finding historic cathedrals, quaint gardens or intimate courtyards. Try to incorporate some Italian tradition in your event, from giving candied almonds as favors (representing “for better or for worse”) to having a celebratory promenade through the village square after your ceremony.
What to Do
Rome and Florence With thousands of years of history behind this country, every town and city exudes glimpses of the past. If you’re a first-time visitor, you’ll want to see some of the well-known sites, and few places are as packed with masterpieces as these two cities. In Florence, head to the Galleria dell’Accademia for Michelangelo’s David. In Rome, walk through the Colosseum where gladiators once battled in front of crowds of cheering Romans, take in the view from the top of the Spanish Steps, and toss a lire into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. Some of the most incredible artworks are inside cathedrals and churches; summertime visitors should bring a shawl to cover bare shoulders as a sign of respect.
Naples This southern city is a mecca for any foodie. Start things off with a piece of Margherita pizza; Naples is traditionally known as the birthplace of the famous But this city doesn’t disappoint anything seafood is a great bet in this port city. It’s also the jumping-off point to ferry to neighboring isles of Capri and Sardinia.
Tuscany Italy’s most celebrated wine region is offered as a day trip from Florence, but it’s best explored in a more leisurely fashion, wandering at will through the medieval-era hill towns, making pit stops at a variety of vineyards and overnighting in historic boutique inns.