You've probably seen or heard of destination weddings in Tuscany, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast, but now one of Italy’s less talked about regions is becoming the new 'it' spot for weddings in Italy. There's no coincidence that recently Puglia is getting the spotlight; its white sandy beaches, breathtaking landscape and outstanding cuisine are just some of the reasons why everyone (both Italians and foreigners alike) are falling in love with this coastal region.
The heel of the Italian boot has often been overlooked, making it an ideal spot for a gorgeous wedding in more exclusive settings. Less touristic and more authentic, Puglia boasts the longest mainland coastline in Italy filled with some of the most stunning beaches surrounded by electric blue water.
Puglia stretches along the east coast of the country giving it distinct characteristics with some of the more picturesque landscapes, while also being full of vibrant culture and unique flavours. From fish to pasta to wine, this region has copious amounts of world famous producers and products.
If you're thinking about a wedding in Puglia, you have plenty of options to choose from. From authentic Masserias (beautiful ranch getaways) to glamorous villas and chic seaside structures, the options are endless.
A Masseria is a type of estate that is exclusive to Puglia. Many have been transformed into luxury hotels and ideal wedding reception venues. They reflect all the charm and beauty of this singular region with their white washed structures, olive groves and some are close to pristine beaches.
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 'tarantella' dance).
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.
The Puglian tradition of a “Festa in Piazza” is a great idea for a wedding reception. It's a tradition where various local specialties are presented on islands in the Masseria while guests taste, try and celebrate - almost like you're own food vendor fair in the main piazza (square) of the estate.
The ‘heel of Italy’ is gorgeous all year round. While each season offers its own unique beauty, of course if you want to enjoy the sandy beaches, warmer months are preferred, while the spring brings blooming florals and intense colors and the fall has many food festivals and harvests.
The Top Masserias for a Wedding in Puglia
Masseria Montenapoleone - romantic and authentic, this masseria is a floral filled paradise.
Masseria Maizza - 5-star resort with private beach club, luxurious amenities and unlimited sunset views. The beach club is available for seaside ceremonies.
Masseria Potenti - tranquil and chic, this venue offers a flavorful experience as it specializes in wine and food tastings. Unique design features!
Masseria Don Luigi Relais - think breathtaking green landscape, dining under the stars nestled in the olive groves or celebrating poolside, the perfect place for non-stop festivities.
Masseria San Domenico - a luxury 5 star spa getaway that is sure to leave you sun soaked from its stunning private beach
Another venue worth mentioning is Castello Monaci, not exactly a masseria, but an amazing location! A romantic, luxury castle with stunning decor. Imagine dining amongst the olive groves or saying your 'I dos' on a beach at sunset, Puglia is the epitome of pure romantic Italian bliss – a vibrant region that’s nothing short of perfect for an unforgettable wedding in Italy.
Distinctive Italy Wedding's professional planners have exclusive contacts in Puglia. Contact us for more information.