Italy’s Most Beautiful Castle
To help you celebrate a timeless ceremony in a fairytale setting, we have rounded up Italy’s most striking castle wedding venues exuding romance, charm and a touch of magic
by Flavia Arditi
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With a long and rich history, Italy has no shortage of spectacular castle wedding venues with a strong artistic heritage in gorgeous locations. Even the most demanding couples will not be disappointed.
Exuding a timeless, magical atmosphere, a castle venue is a great choice to celebrate the most important day of your life with a fairy tale ceremony that is sure to impress guests.
You’ll find ancient fortresses, each with a unique past, exuding an inimitable style and irresistible charm. Finding the ideal castle venue to host your wedding takes a little time, although you’re bound to soon find the perfect venue to satisfy your every whim.
Whether featuring classic decor or contemporary accents, the castles listed below are immersed in a dreamy atmosphere, with frescoed rooms, imposing fireplaces, centuries-old towers and magnificent gardens, complete with gorgeous panoramic views.
From north to south, here’s our pick of the best castle wedding venues that will get your heart racing.
Castel Prösels ia Presule, 2 - Fiè allo Sciliar
A 13th century medieval fortress, Castel Prösels is undoubtedly one of Trentino-Alto Adige’s most striking venues. With its delightful alpine atmosphere, this charming ancient castle will make your big day truly unforgettable. The venue comprises a number of romantic event spaces, including a historic courtyard, a beautiful chapel, a sunny terrace with panoramic views, a cozy living room with fireplace and an elegant knight’s hall.
Castello di Buttrio Via Morpurgo, 9 - Buttrio
Castello di Buttrio is nestled on the vineyard slopes of Pampinutta Hill, where grapes have been harvested since medieval times. The castle has an exquisite culinary offering and a peaceful countryside setting with a timeless atmosphere. The perfect backdrop for a rustic wedding in a venue rich in history and with a strong identity.
Castello di Spessa Via Spessa, 1 - Capriva del Friuli
With its sumptuous halls, soft lighting and verdant spaces, Castello di Spessa is exceptionally romantic, making for the perfect setting for a memorable wedding. Nestled among verdant hills and immersed in a centuries-old park, the Castle has a striking fairytale beauty. It’s the perfect choice of venue, whatever the style and size of your wedding. Whether in the outdoor areas or in the attractive ancient halls, this year-round venue can accommodate up to 300 guests.
CastelBrando Via Brandolini Brando, 29 - Cison di Valmarino
One of Europe’s largest and oldest castles with a history dating back 2000 years, CastelBrando dominates the hills of the Prosecco area. Designated a national monument, it was for centuries the residence of members of the aristocracy and illustrious commanders. Today, it’s a place to breathe in an old-world ambience. The venue is home to the 12th century Chiesa di San Martino, although only civil ceremonies can be held at the castle, which offers couples both classic and contemporary spaces to celebrate their big day.
Castello dal Pozzo Via Visconti, 8 - Oleggio Castello
A historic neo-Gothic manor house dominating Lake Maggiore, Castello dal Pozzo transports guests to ancient times. Nestled in the verdant hills that surround the glistening waters of the lake, this exclusive castle offers a range of venue spaces and outstanding service. The hotel has, for centuries, hosted members of the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie, along with artists and writers. A place where dreams come true.
Castello Reale di Racconigi Via Francesco Morosini, 3 - Racconigi
With its stuccoes, frescoes and sumptuous furnishings, Castello di Racconigi is the perfect royal wedding venue fit for a princess. There are various event spaces within the grounds to celebrate civil ceremonies, including the stately dining room of Pelagio Pelagi, the romantic shores of the lake, the Margaria stables and the conference room. With its many versatile spaces, the castle can host ceremonies as well as wedding receptions.
Castello di Rivalta Loc. Rivalta Trebbia, Rivalta di Gazzola
An imposing fortified complex in the province of Piacenza, Castello di Rivalta is located on the banks of the Trebbia River. Marrying tradition and functionality, it has numerous versatile spaces that can be adapted to the most varied needs and requirements. Surrounded by a gorgeous medieval village and a large centuries-old park offering wonderful views, the castle is home to the Chiesa di San Martino, where couples can host Catholic ceremonies. Civil ceremonies can take place in the park or in one of the delightful halls.
Castello Brown Portofino Via alla Penisola, 13 - Portofino
Located in the heart of the bay of Portofino and dominating the town square, Castello Brown is an exclusive, charming venue that is truly one of a kind. Surrounded by villas owned by the international jet set, the castle is available for exclusive hire for fairytale weddings. With its outstanding location, striking appearance and attractive venue spaces, it’s the perfect place to celebrate a wedding to remember. An all-round winner offering exceptionally high standards.
COMO Castello del Nero Str. Spicciano 7, Barberino Tavarnelle
Nestled in the rolling hills of Chianti between Florence and Siena, COMO Castello del Nero is a historic 300-hectare estate with a 12th century castle, where Renaissance-era frescoes marry contemporary design. This dream venue can accommodate up to 120 people and couples can hold their wedding ceremony in the finely restored family chapel. The property offers a wide range of impressive indoor and outdoor spaces.
Castello di Velona Strada Provinciale della Badia di Sant’Antimo, Castelnuovo dell’Abate
With over 1000 years of history, Castello di Velona boasts a spectacular location on a hilltop surrounded by Brunello di Montalcino vineyards. This breathtaking venue has panoramic terraces looking out from north to south and east to west, offering 360° views of the Val D’Orcia. The world’s only castle with natural hot springs, it’s perfect for large, lavish weddings. A stone’s throw away from the resort is the historic Abbey of Sant’Animo, where religious ceremonies can be held. Couples can also be married in the resort by the local Catholic priest.
Castello Banfi Castello Poggio alle Mura, Montalcino
Nestled among vineyards and olive groves, Castello Banfi Wine Resort offers an authentic Tuscan experience. The region is one of Italy’s most beautiful, with an exceptionally rich artistic heritage. Capturing all the romance of Tuscany, the venue can be adapted to suit a variety of events, with a myriad of spaces perfect to host ceremonies, drinks receptions and lavish meals. This exclusive historic residence is the perfect place to switch off and enjoy the tranquility of the Tuscan countryside.
Castello di Casole Località Querceto, Casole d’Elsa
This is the perfect venue to celebrate a timeless wedding. Whatever your dreams and wishes, you can make them come true with style and elegance. From small and intimate areas to grand, lavish indoor and outdoor spaces, you’ll be spoiled for choice at this 10th century castle. Over the years, this legendary mansion has hosted members of the royalty, celebrities and eminent politicians. The buildings have today been lovingly restored, echoing the castle’s long history while also offering all the modern comforts one would expect from a luxury hotel.
Castel Monastero Località Monastero D’Ombrone 19, Castelnuovo Berardenga
Part of a charming 11th century hamlet, Castel Monastero is an exclusive venue offering exceptional Italian hospitality. At the heart of the hamlet is a historic square surrounded by splendid medieval and Renaissance palaces, as well as a delightful little church that can accommodate up to 50 guests. Civil and Catholic ceremonies for larger parties can be held at other venues nearby. This gorgeous hamlet can be adapted to suit your needs and requirements – the square can be transformed into an extraordinary open-air reception area, with a beautiful marquee for rainy days.
Castel Porrona Via della Fiera 0, Porrona
A medieval jewel nestled in the hills of Montalcino among cypress trees and Brunello vineyards, Castel Porrona Relais & Spa is the perfect hotel to host an intimate wedding in Tuscany. Whether held in the splendid square opposite the castle or in the cloisters, ceremonies will be truly memorable. Attentive staff cater to couples’ every need. Small ceremonies can be held in the hamlet’s church in the main square.
La Badia di Orvieto Località La Badia 8, Orvieto
Following extensive restoration work of the 12th century Benedictine abbey, the building was transformed into the hotel it is today. Located 10 minutes from the village of Orvieto, it’s the perfect place to host exclusive events immersed in greenery. The hotel is home to a magnificent 12th century church where religious ceremonies can be held. The venue has a range of striking spaces to host wedding receptions, including sophisticated halls, leafy gardens and open-air courtyards exuding medieval charm.
Borgo dei Conti Resort Str. Montepetriolo 86, Monte Petriolo
Located on the site of an ancient fortress, this 13th century architectural complex takes guests on a journey amid history and nature. Perfect for small weddings, the hotel is exclusively available for private hire, and can accommodate approximately 90-110 guests (150-180 if hiring marquees). A great choice to host a symbolic ceremony in a truly charming setting.
Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano Piazza Mazzini 14, Bracciano
One of Europe’s most beautiful and imposing Renaissance residences, the majestic Castello di Odescalchi di Bracciano is famous for hosting glamorous weddings. Located a few kilometers outside Rome, it offers the perfect setting for lavish, fairytale weddings. With a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues, from elegant halls to delightful gardens, the castle is the perfect choice for small, intimate weddings as well as grand receptions accommodating up to 1000 guests.
Castello Camemi Resort Contrata Camemi, Vizzini
Exuding a refined country-house ambience and enchanting guests with its blend of rich history and contemporary charm, the Castello Camemi Resort is a year-round venue with gardens and halls that can easily be adapted to suit a variety of events. History, nature and culinary traditions combine, making this a great choice to host both small weddings and sumptuous celebrations with several hundred guests. A great year-round venue.