The magnificent Italian Riviera is the ideal place for weddings and honeymoons.
The sound of the sea, its sparkling water, the colorful small towns and its natural beauty provide an atmosphere of relaxation and calm.
The Italian Riviera lies in the northwestern corner of Italy, in the region of Liguria. It stretches along the Ligurian sea from the Italian-French border from west to La Spezia, near the Tuscan border in the east.
The Italian Riviera itself is divided into two parts. East of Liguria’s capital city of Genoa, it’s called the Riviera di Levante (“the coast of the rising sun”). West of Genoa, it’s the Riviera di Ponente (“the coast of the setting sun”).
The landscape will enchant you. An exclusive wedding can take place in a gorgeous chapel by the sea, or in the gardens of an historical castle. Like Amalfi to the south, the Italian Riviera is an ideal place to relax in comfort, looking out over the Mediterranean. It is an ideal place to have your wedding in Italy and to spend a relaxing honeymoon.
Seaside settlements tend to be old fishing villages or palm-lined resorts, where painted buildings stand under Italian sunlight, suspended between the high mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
With its spectacular seaside and scenery, the Italian Riviera makes for one of the best wedding destinations in Italy. But where exactly is the Italian Riviera—and what does it include?
Enchanting villages such as Portovenere and the Cinque Terre gems: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
In short, the Italian Riviera is a stretch of coastline. It’s also an enchanting mix of history, pristine beaches, panoramic views, vibrantly colored homes and mouthwatering regional cuisine.
In fact, lovers of la dolce vita and artists, writers, celebrities and royalty have been flocking to this glamorous destination since the 1800s—and it’s easy to see why! There’s something for everyone: picturesque hiking along the Cinque Terre, music and glitz in Sanremo, open air markets in Ventimiglia, parks in Portofino, and dozens of quaint waterfront towns along miles of clear blue water.
Luckily, depending on where your travels in Italy take you, getting to the Italian Riviera can be pretty easy. Genoa has an international airport, central train station (with lots of trains coming in from Milan, Florence, Rome, and Venice), and port, with cruise ships docking from all over the world. And Genoa makes a great jumping-off point for exploring the rest of the area.
Ready to plan your Italian Riviera wedding? Just choose among the most amazing destinations, starting from the Italian-French border and going towards east: Ventimiglia, Sanremo, Alassio, Savona, Genoa, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Sestri Levante, and, of course, the incredibly popular Cinque Terre. Beauty can be found on just about every inch of this coast, but what makes it so fascinating is that every town, large or small, is unique and characteristic!