People ask my why Italy is the one place I keep returning to again and again. Is it the culture, the history, the architecture, the people, the food, or the scenery? The more I thought about why it’s one of my favorite places in the world, I started to realize it’s the perfect place to elope!
Eloping in Italy is the perfect option for couples who love:
- Stunning views,
- Hiking the most beautiful mountains on Earth,
- Quant small towns,
- Rich history,
- FOOD (& wine, obvi)!
Eloping in Italy: how to make it legal
Getting married in a different country may seem overwhelming. And while there are some additional hoops to jump through, it is possible for foreigners to get legally married in Italy.
Required documents to get married in Italy:
- Valid passports
- Birth Certificates (translated into Italian and with an Apostille Stamp)
- Evidence of termination of previous marriages (if applicable)
- Dichiarazione Giurata
- States that, according to your home state’s laws, there is nothing legally prohibiting you from getting married. It must be sworn before an officer at a U.S. Consulate in Italy.
- Atto Notorio:
- States that, according to US laws that you’re subject to, there is no obstacle to getting married. This should be done at the nearest Italian Consulate in the US prior to leaving for Italy.
After you arrive in Italy and have all the required documents, you’ll head to the town hall of the city where you’re getting married and make a ‘Declaration of Intent to Marry.’
Like I said, there are some hoops to jump through! If you have your heart set on getting legally married while eloping in Italy, it’s definitely doable. And if you don’t, there are alternatives!
An alternative to getting legally married in Italy:
Another option is to get legally married prior to your trip, and then have another ceremony once in Italy. Something simple close to home like a backyard or courthouse ceremony are both great options! This can save a lot of additional steps since your Italian ceremony doesn’t need to be legally binding.
Eloping in Italy: where to elope
There is no shortage of beautiful spots to have your Italian elopement! Cities like Rome, Florence and Venice are popular places to get married, but popular can also mean crowded. If you’re looking for something unique and secluded, check out the locations below!
Near a Town
- Saluzzo, Piedmont
- San Gimignano, Siena
- The Dolomites, Trentino-South Tyrol
- Valle d’Aosta
- Serra Dolcedorme, Calabria
Near the Water
- Portofino, Ligurio
- Monte Isola, Lombardy
- Cefalu, Sicily
Whether your looking to elope in a charming town, in the mountains or near a coast (or a all three!), there are plenty of stunning options. If you want to elope in Italy but aren’t sure where, that’s where I come in! I provide thorough location scouting for each couple, so I will find the perfect spot for you!