Are you dreaming of a romantic wedding in Italy with a Mediterranean touch under the hot Italian sun?
Discover beautiful locations for a perfect Apulian Wedding. Apulia, or Puglia as it’s known by Italians, is one of the most unique areas of Italy. Located at the ‘heel’ of Italy’s characteristic boot shape, it is home to both countryside relaxation and beachy bliss. In Puglia, you will find meandering vineyard paths and acres upon acres of open vegetation but you will also find idyllic beaches and long stretches of Mediterranean waters. This charming region can be visited all year round and is suspended among nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality.
It is one of the most naturally beautiful parts of Italy, a perfect mix of peaceful countryside and sea with the best pristine and natural beaches.
The marine towns on the west coast of the Salento peninsula reveal their charms hidden in historic buildings and alleys, where nightlife, cultural events, the enchantment of art and the taste of food, form the frame of one of the most beautiful and clearest blue sea in Italy. The numerous castles, masterpiece of architecture, and the sighting of the Saracen towers dot the coasts of the southern coast and are the perfect backdrop to take amazing photos of your marriage.
Salento coastline – Saracen Tower in Santa Maria, Otranto
Salento coastline – Torre Sant’Andrea
Sea is one of its gems as this region extends itself along it – marvelous beaches stretch over 860 kilometers of coastline spotted with steep cliffs and white sand beaches that will relish every visitor, from the sandy Torre dell’Orso down to Santa Maria di Leuca where the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea mix with those of the Adriatic Sea. Sea lovers have multiple options in Apulia where to enjoy the beach or discover the coastline from the sea on a boat!
The cities and small villages host noble palaces, artistic expression of Romanesque and Baroque style. It is also important to remember that Apulia boasts its own current architectural called “Leccese Baroque”, highly decorative carvings that cover the churches and palaces surface characterize it. This style is found in the delightful city of Lecce, destination wedding of couples that love the art of this beautiful town and travel through history. Not to mention the remarkable beauty of Ostuni, known as the “White City” the ideal place for a White Wedding in Puglia or the amazing Vieste, a splendid scenery on the extreme tip of the Gargano.
Lecce – Cathedral Square
Ostuni – Beautiful view of the White City
Gargano – Vieste view of the coast and the Cathedral of San Francesco
Puglia beach wedding venues are extremely popular, on the sand or on the stunning rocky cliff edges, serving delicious seafood in private settings for your special guests.
Real Beach Wedding in Fasano, Brindisi (photo by Fotograficamentelecce)
Real Beach Wedding– Just married couple on the beach (photo by Rino Cordella)
But Apulia is not just about its sea: another good reason to visit Apulia is the beauty and charmed of its inland villages of the Valle D’Itria rich of history and spiritual tradition. It is pleasant indeed to walk through gorgeous towns full of history, along the ancient stone alleys, among frescoed churches and retreats excavated in the rock. Great olive groves that stretch for miles, traditional farmhouses and vineyards, fruits and vegetables hang from the trees, changing color and flavor with the seasons. Such idyllic settings are promised when choosing a wedding in Puglia and an Italian countryside wedding.
Countryside Wedding in Ostuni (photo by Fotogravina)
Countryside Wedding in Fasano (photo by Ilenia Caputo)
One of the best attractions of this region are the Trulli or “Trulloes” Stunning white cone-shaped rooftops made of stone and held together without the aid of mortar. They offer an evocative testimony to the rural past of the region and are at their most picturesque when clustered together in hundreds to form a town. Particularly famous are the villages of Alberobello, which is one of the 50 Italian sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage list and Locorotondo, wonderful and unforgettable places, fairy-tale settings to get married and for memorable wedding photos.
Alberobello – Real Wedding in the old town with Trulli (photo by Fotogravina)
From north to south, couples choose Puglia for its breathtaking landscapes. A dream wedding is truly possible here and it is one of those Italian regions you might fall in love with at first sight and is highly appreciated by the Italians. For couples that love charming locations with an off the beaten track feel, Puglia weddings are perfect.
Bauxite cave in Otranto – Wild Wedding mood (photo by Fotograficamentelecce)
Celebrate your wedding in Exclusive Venues
Farms, called here “Masserie”and courtyard houses that characterize Apulian countryside, can be romantic venues for the wedding ceremony or for the wedding reception in Apulia. These type of estates are exclusive to Puglia and have been transformed into five-star hotels and are ideal wedding reception venues with luxury spas, gourmet restaurants and modern facilities. If you’re thinking about a wedding in Puglia, you have plenty of options to choose from. From authentic Masserias (beautiful old farmhouses between the XVI and XVII century) to glamorous villas and chic seaside structures, the options are endless. The top Apulian venues we show below could be the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony and reception in Southern Italy.
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Masseria Muntibianchi – Lecce
Masseria Montenapoleone – Brindisi
Masseria Grieco – Ostuni
Gibò – Lecce
Feudo della Selva – Foggia
Tenuta Monacelli – Lecce
Villa Carafa – Andria
Chiostro dei Domenicani – Lecce
Villa Ciccorosella – Bari
Enjoy the party
It’s common to hold a 3-day affair (or more) for a wedding in Puglia. Many opt for rehearsal dinners in the rustic villas, while the wedding ceremony can be held in gorgeous olive groves or some cases the beach accompanied by hours of food, music and dancing.
Ostuni – Real Wedding Ceremony (photo by Fotogravina)
Lecce – Real Wedding Party (Photo by Fotograficamentelecce)
This region is especially great at hosting various wedding celebrations with multiple parties. The venues and locals alike are naturally talented at celebrating weddings. Many of the locations and services in Puglia specialize in hosting grand celebrations, above all, weddings (after all this region is home to the traditional “Taranta” dance).
Lecce – Real Wedding “La Taranta” dance (Photo by Fotograficamentelecce)
Love for tradition: the food
Puglia is also known for its delicious cuisine that is one of the most important things in life to the locals, their recipes and techniques are passed down from generation to generation. From fish to pasta to wine, this region has copious amounts of world famous producers and products. Everything is lovingly handmade, seasonal and fresh, this is a must for these southern Italians! Their wines, such as the great red wines and local grapes like the famous Primitivo make for delicious drinking and are a taste not to miss. Enjoying the food here is a heavenly experience and cooking classes are popular pre or post wedding activities, taking home with you a piece of Puglia forever.
Lecce – Real Wedding Show Cooking (photo by Fotograficamentelecce)
Fasano – Real Wedding Reception (photo by Ilenia Caputo)
If you’re a lover of natural beauty and the laidback, effortless southern Italian style, choose a Wedding in Puglia. It is country chic. It is beach bliss. It is tradition. It is anything you want your event to be and much more and you will never want to leave!
Lecce – Real Wedding Reception in Tenuta Monacelli