Sweet the memory is to me
Of a land beyond the sea,
Where the waves and mountains meet;
Where amid her mulberry-trees
Sits Amalfi in the heat,
Bathing ever her white feet
In the tideless, summer seas.
"Amalfi" - H. Wadsworth Longfellow
Amalfi Coast, Italy, is one of the most picturesque regions in the whole country with a rich historic heritage and unequalled beauty. Nowadays, the Amalfi Coast is a region well known for having romantic and luxurious weddings with breathtaking backdrops and stunning venues. From the Ravello Town Hall that offers outdoor ceremonies with a mediterranean view, to the spectacular Augustus Gardens on Capri, there is no shortage of outstanding options around the region. To help narrow it down for you this post is dedicated to the best luxury wedding venues throughout the Amalfi Coast. It will be split in different sections presenting the best venues in Ravello, Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento but also the top wedding venues in Capri.
A legend tells that the name of the region comes from Amalfi, a nymph loved by Hercules that was buried there as a desire of the gods. During the history Amalfi lived so many lives. From the Romans, to the Normans and then the Aragons, it has always been a strong maritime power in the region. In the 20th century the “Dolce Vita” arrives from Rome to Capri and Amalfi: film directors, artists, and actors came to the Coast, transforming it to a site of glamorous tourism.
When you choose a destination wedding venue on the Amalfi Coast, you are embracing a romantic piece of Italian history as well as an aesthetic wonder. As a Wedding Videographer in Amalfi Coast, I often get asked by couples to give recommendations regarding other professional vendors. Questions about Venues are definitely among the most frequent ones. With my sound experience you can rest assured that I will give you my honest and unbiased opinion and possible pros and cons of each.
Top 10 of the Best Wedding Venues in Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Capri
Best Wedding Venues in Ravello
Ravello is one of the most picturesque towns of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Perched on a 365 meters steep cliffside above the Tyrrhenian Sea, it has become a bespoke wedding destination in Italy. Infinity terraces overlooking the sea and iconic cliffside gardens from where you can enjoy the sunset are some of the highlight spots. Among medieval-style estates or more modern luxury villas you will be spoilt for choice. Here is my list of the best wedding venues in Ravello Amalfi Coast.
Experience a true fairy tale wedding in a venue that looks as though it was plucked from the pages of a storybook. This 12th century palace turned into a luxury hotel is surrounded by spectacular gardens of unique beauty. The iconic terrace of infinity, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, makes for a truly enchanting “I do” experience. Plan your luxury Amalfi Coast wedding in Villa Cimbrone for a memorable lifetime moment. An enchanting place that is definitely one of the top wedding venues of the Amalfi Coast. When you think of wedding in Ravello, think of wedding in Villa Cimbrone!
May 2020 update: After being in lock down due to the pandemic of COVID-19, villa Cimbrone is re-opening its’ gardens to the public on May 20, 2020. The bespoke venue has undergone a massive renovation and is expected to host again some of the most luxurious destination weddings in the Amalfi Coast.
Belmond Hotel Caruso
Belmond Hotel Caruso offers stunning architecture complimented by a series of tiered gardens and breathtaking views. Set on the edge of a cliff 1000 ft above sea level, the hotel’s infinity pool and many gardens overlook the hillside town, surrounding mountains, and of course, the Tyrrhenian sea. Built in the 11th century as a palace, this luxury wedding venue in the Amalfi Coast has hosted guests such as Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and Jackie Kennedy. Your dream intimate wedding can become true in Belmond Hotel Caruso!
A 12th century private villa for noble Italian family, converted into a deluxe five-star hotel, Palazzo Avino is considered one of the world’s finest hotels. This luxury venue in the Amalfi coast is perfect for hosting small intimate weddings on their hillside terrace. Situated in the mountains, 1000 ft about sea level, it offers Michelin fine dining, a lobster and martini bar, a spa and beauty centre, limousine and helicopter service and of course spectacular views of the coast. For a special romantic evening, plan a private boat excursion for two along the coastline followed by dinner at the hotel’s private beach club, complete with fireworks display. In an ideal setting the villa offers the dream backdrop for your destination wedding, landing it a top spot on my list of the best wedding venues in Ravello Amalfi Coast.
A unique luxury wedding venue in the Amalfi Coast, Villa Eva is decorated in the Italian Art Nouveau style of the early 1900’s. Placed at the highest point of Ravello, it is surrounded by 3000 square meters of park and centenary trees, with a 360 view of the coast. Specializing only in events, the venue offers indoor and outdoor receptions and ceremony options including a dining hall with sea views, or the vine covered terrace and outdoor gardens. Definitely one of the top options on my list of best wedding Venues in Ravello.
Best Wedding Venues in Positano
The picturesque village of Positano is one of the most iconic spots of the Amalfi coast. Built on a cliffside with pebble beachfront, its’ highlights are the steep, narrow streets hosting some of the most luxurious boutiques, and top quality cafes. It is known both as a holiday destination and as a backdrop for movies.
The Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta church features a spectacular majolica-tiled dome and an impressive Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary dating from the 13th-century. A hiking trail, called “Sentiero degli Dei” (path of the Gods), linking Positano to other coastal towns makes it perfect for some exercise. You will not regret organizing your intimate wedding or elopement in Positano. Here is my list of the best wedding venues in Positano Amalfi Coast.
Featured on Vogue and Architectural Digest, with guests such as Elizabeth Taylor, this luxury wedding venue on the Amalfi Coast lives up to its reputation. Set close to the shore amidst lush foliage, Villa Treville has an air of laidback opulence, with an elegantly designed serene and tranquil environment. First purchased by the russian writer Mikhail Semenov, the venue was consecutively developed under the artistic direction of Franco Zeffirelli during his 35 years residence.
Both their contributions have highlighted Positano as a hotspot of the region for culture and art. The venue only hosts one wedding at a time, ensuring privacy and peace of mind on your wedding day. Do you want to include a piece of artistic heritage in your ceremony? If so, then the complex of Villa Treville is your ideal wedding venue in Positano Amalfi Coast!
Hotel Palazzo Murat
Located in the heart of Positano, Hotel Palazzo Murat is known for its charming gardens of lemon trees, hydrangeas, and roses surrounding the courtyard, restaurant, and pool. The fresh scents and lush atmosphere paired with hanging candles and spectacular views make for an enchanting venue to host your luxury wedding in Positano Amalfi Coast. Accommodating small intimate weddings of up to 60 guests, the hotel also has dedicated staff to help you plan every detail of your special day. Look no further if you desire luxury, elegance and excellent service for your destination wedding in Positano.
Le Sirenuse Hotel
This charming family home-turned-hotel is a little piece of paradise in Positano. Le Sirenuse is not organizing wedding ceremonies or receptions but you can opt for an intimate after wedding cocktail. A laidback luxury spot on the Amalfi Coast boasts a champagne & oyster bar, a spa, gym, pool, sauna with Turkish bath, and every room includes a little balcony overlooking the sea. Noted in Harper’s Bazaar in 1953, and more recently in Vanity Fair, it offers an incredible view of both the Tyrrhenian and the stunning seaside town of Positano, making it a stunning spot for your after-wedding accommodation or your honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast.
Best Wedding Venues in Amalfi and Sorrento
Amalfi, together with Positano, are probably the most famous and popular spots of the Amalfi Coast. The beautiful town of Sorrento is also considered to belong to the Amalfi Coast by some. Although it is, strictly speaking, part of the Sorrentine peninsula. Here is my list of the Best Wedding Venues in Amalfi and Sorrento. Definitely some of the top places to get married on the whole Amalfi coast.
Hotel Santa Caterina – Amalfi
Built in 1880 right into the hillside in the town of Amalfi, this stunning luxury wedding venue sits right at the water’s edge. Offering a unique experience, Santa Caterina mixes luxurious accommodations with the splendor of the natural environment. Host your wedding in the light filled dining room or outdoors in the warmth of the open veranda, with breathtaking views of the coast both day and night. You and your guests will be delighted by picking Hotel Santa Caterina for your intimate wedding in Amalfi.
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
Originally built as a 13th century monastery, this historic hotel and wedding venue has been renovated to offer modern pared-back luxury in the heart of the Amalfi Coast. Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is set atop an 80-meter cliff offering spectacular views, and yet it’s only a 5 minute walk from Amalfi’s harbor and town center. Enjoy elegant, contemporary rooms, 2 first-class restaurants, an infinity pool, gym and spa. The 5 star hotel has a number of truly unique spaces on site to host your destination wedding including the 12th century cloister, the private baroque style church and the panoramic terraces with lush canopies. A site with unique style and definitely one of the Best Wedding Venues in Amalfi Coast.
Villa Astor – Sorrento
Recently made available for private rental, Villa Astor was originally bought by its namesake William Waldorf Astor in 1905, and was owned and renovated by one of the richest families in the world. Set on the edge of a cliff right above the Bay of Naples, this impressive property is the epitome of luxury, and a picturesque venue to host your destination wedding in Sorrento. Boasting 6 luxurious suites in the main villa, each with their own opulent marble bathrooms, the property also offers stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Mount Vesuvius.
Enjoy a private walk through the iconic 20,000 square meter botanical garden with over 1000 species of plants, or a swim in the natural grotto carved right into the cliff. No luxury is spared at this majestic private villa. Villa Astor deservedly makes it to the top 3 of my Best luxury wedding Venues in Sorrento Amalfi Coast.
Best Wedding Venues in Capri
Although Capri may not belong, strictly speaking, to the Amalfi Coast it is one of the most popular wedding destinations and rightfully so. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrento Peninsula, it combines luxury and jet-set with some of the most impressive landscapes, as the faraglioni rocks and the picturesque port of marina Piccola. Here is my list of the Best Wedding Venues in Capri.
Capri Palace – Anacapri
If you are looking for the best wedding venue in Capri look no further. The team from Capri Palace will help you realize your dream destination wedding in Capri in the most stunning Mediterranean surroundings. Set near the enchanting Blue Grotto, this five-star property offers a unique blend of natural beauty, fine cuisine and contemporary culture. The perfect mix for your wedding with a sophisticated atmosphere. With five different spots in the hotel to organize your dream ceremony you will be spoilt for choice.
Augustus Gardens (Ceremony only)
One of the most picturesque and sought after wedding venues in Capri is the Gardens of Augustus. Many bespoke civil, symbolic or Jewish wedding ceremonies are celebrated here. The path to get to the Gardens of Augustus passes through the center of Capri and the panorama that can be admired from the terraces goes from the Bay of Marina Piccola to Via Krupp on one side, up to the Faraglioni on the other side. The Gardens are comprised of a series of panoramic flower-decked terraces overlooking the spectacular rocks inside the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is one of the most breathtaking places for your destination wedding ceremony in Capri, where you and your guests can connect with a unique vibe of Dolce Vita forever. For your reception afterwards you can use one of the restaurants nearby like the Capri Rooftop for an amazing view.
One of the hardest things to do in a wedding is cutting down on wedding guests. Having your wedding in your hometown means that your guest list should include all your social obligations. However, a destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast, Capri or Sorrento makes you limit the number of people only to the essential ones. The ones that will be able to attend and that will be the heart of the party. This also helps cut down on costs.
Usually when you wed in your hometown, people who are flying in expect the wedding couple to bear the costs for living. However, a destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast means the guests will be in a holiday mood. They will pay for their own transport and accommodation and combine it with a touristic visit of adjacent sites, or a holiday. The town of Sorrento is probably a great choice for the accommodation of your guests if they are visiting the region for the first time. It has excellent connections with Positano, Amalfi, Pompei and the island of Capri.
Some private villas provide discounts on accommodation when you book them for your wedding. This may be an extra factor to consider when you are looking for the best luxury wedding venues in the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento. It really is a win-win.
Italy’s most enchanting coastline will surely captivate, offering sweeping views of the Amalfi Coast, considered some of the most splendid sights in the world. There is plenty of history in the surrounding towns, filled with medieval alleys and outstanding architecture. All of these amazing views also form the perfect backdrop to create stunning wedding videography for your special day.
Destination Wedding Video in Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento
Are you getting married in Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento or Capri? Have you already thought about your wedding videographer in Amalfi Coast? My name is Kostas Petsas, and I am a Destination Wedding Filmmaker based mostly in Greece, Italy and France – also available worldwide.
Italy is like my second home, I speak Italian fluently and I spend half of my time there. I film destination weddings in Italy very often and I can assist you in organizing your dream wedding, luxury elopement or pre-wedding session in the Amalfi Coast, through my network of excellent local professional vendors. Already know which luxury wedding venue in the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento or Capri you want to book? Time to start choosing the rest of your wedding vendors!
Have a look at some of my most recent wedding films and get in touch with me to create some magic together!