The top venues for a wedding in Puglia
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 or Apulia is getting the spotlight! Apulia's 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 Italy 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. Apulia is most famous for its authentic Masserias (beautiful estates) 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.
Weddings in Apulia are perfect for multi day events. It is traditional even with locals to hold a 3 day affair (or more) and our events always kick off with an informal welcome event, usually at a beach lido.
Other couples opt for rehearsal dinners in 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 an unforgettable idea for your Italian wedding reception. It's a tradition where various local delights are presented as specialty corners in the Masseria's main "square" while guests taste and celebrate some of the best food in Italy! For example a "casaro" or mozzarella corner where the cheese is made in front of guests and displayed with various condiments, tomatoes and similar. The quality of this mozzarella will eclipse anything you have ever tasted before!
The ‘heel of Italy’ is gorgeous all year round so if you are looking for an off season Italy wedding, Apulia's mild climate is ideal for April or October celebrations. 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.
GETTING THERE - Bari is a small but brand new airport and very convenient to reach most of Apulia's top wedding venues. There is also an airport in Brindisi. These are the two most important airports to reach the region.
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.