Wednesday, 29 November 2006 12:00 AM
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding in Bracciano in Italy hit the headlines thanks to its all-star guests, intriguing secrecy and the charming romance of the Italian town hosting all the drama.
Although most people are unlikely to have Hollywood stars flocking to their wedding, getting married in Italy may be much easier than you think.
For couples that want to get married in one of the most romantic destinations in the world, Kirker Holidays has come up with its top five wedding ideas for Italy.
1 – Venice City Hall
The Palazzo Cavalli is a 16th-century Venetian palace furnished with 18th-century paintings, furniture and ceramics and is ideal for a magical, grand wedding.
The palace has views over the Grand Canal and Venice’s landmark Rialto Bridge as well as the added bonus of being in one of the world’s most romantic cities.
A three-night stay at the four-star Londra Palacecosts costs £815 per person including breakfast, return scheduled flights, water taxi transfers, entrance tickets to the Doge’s Palace plus Kirker’s guide notes to restaurants and sightseeing.
2 – Positano town hall, Positano
Positano on Italy’s Amalfi coast has been charming visitors with its spectacular scenery since the 1950s. An inspirational place for writers and artists, the town makes a wonderful venue for a wedding to remember in Italy.
Couples can stay in the five-star Poseidon hotel, which has its own fitness and beauty centre, ideal for preparing for the big day.
Positano town hall offers an authentic Mediterranean setting for your ceremony, and also has a lovely terrace to enjoy a drink and take in the sea views.
Prices start at £744 per person for three nights’ accommodation including breakfast, return scheduled flights and transfers.
3 – Campidoglio, Rome
The ‘Sala Rossa’ on the Capitoline Hill, the smallest of Rome’s seven famous hills, is a great place to soak up the magic and drama of Rome. The Sala Rossa (meaning red hall), is located on Piazza del Campidoglio, which was designed by Michelangelo in the 16th century, and makes a perfect setting for wedding photos.
Couples can stay in the elegant four-star hotel d’Inghilterra, located close to the Spanish Steps from £666 per person for three nights’ accommodation including breakfast, return flights and transfers. Visitors also get Kirker’s guide notes to restaurants and sightseeing in Rome.
4 – Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
The 14th-century Palazzo Vecchio in Florence is one of the most lavishly decorated places to be married in Italy.
Located close to the Ponte Vecchio, couples can stay at the four-star Degli Orafi, which offers panoramic views of the city from its fifth-floor bar.
Prices start from £598 per person for three nights’ accommodation including breakfast, return flights, transfers, a ticket to the Uffizi Gallery and guide notes to restaurants and sightseeing.
5 – Castello Malcesine, Lake Garda
If like the Cruises you find the romance and charm of a medieval castle hard to beat, Castello Malcesine, surrounded by Italian gardens and perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Garda, is the perfect Italian wedding destination.
Couples can stay in the four-star hotel Sirmione overlooking the lake, which also has a waterside terrace restaurant and offers thermal treatments.
Prices start from £524 per person for three nights’ accommodation including breakfast and return flights and transfers.
For more on all these wedding packages see www.kirkerholidays.com