Italy’s Top Spots for Celebrity Weddings

The Tuscan countryside was a favorite celebrity wedding destination. (Photo courtesy Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco)

In 2017, the Tuscan countryside was a favorite destination for celebrity weddings. (Photo courtesy Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco)

Looking at the year in celebrity weddings, one place kept popping up again and again: Italy. It’s no surprise—who wouldn’t want to marry in a Medieval village, the air scented with orange blossoms and tables laid with some of the best food and wine on the planet? Here are the half-dozen spots that lured 2017’s bold-faced brides.

Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton went a classical route in Tuscany, where wedding guests stayed at Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco. In addition to the 800-year-old main building’s luxurious suites, 11 farmhouses have been turned into private villas with pools and gardens, the ultimate wedding rendezvous. 

Indie actress Mickey Sumner also rallied the troops in Tuscany. It wasn’t a difficult choice: She married at Il Palagio, a 600-acre estate owned by her parents (Trudy Styler and Sting), that’s available for private parties. There are formal gardens, six houses, a pool, and a lake—plus a recording studio.  

Victoria Swarovski, heiress to the crystal fortune, chose Portopiccolo, a chic master-planned compound on the country’s northern, Adriatic Coast. Our pick for a destination wedding spot: Hotel Falisia, a new resort that combines a maritime-inspired design with a location right on the water. 

The Amalfi Coast drew its share of famous folks. Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Mean Girls), invited guests to Villa Cimbrone Ravello, a stunning seaside perch in Ravello. Though the 12th-century residence is only accessible by foot, guests including D.H. Lawrence and Greta Garbo haven’t minded the 10-minute walk from town. 

Victoria’s Secret angel Vita Sidorkina hightailed it to Ravello as well. After witnessing vows in the town’s cathedral, the wedding party gathered to celebrate at Belmond Hotel Caruso, an 11th-century palace-turned-hotel rising above a tiered landscape of lemon trees and olive groves. 

Finally, Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain decided Treviso, north of Venice, was the perfect place for making it legal. You would too, if your husband’s family owned Villa Tiepolo Passi, a 17th-century Venetian manor available for weddings, with seasonal menus from the property’s farm. 

 

 

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