March 7, 2024

How to Elope in Italy: All You Need to Know!

Elopements, Featured

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Italy is definitely one of the most romantic places in the world, and therefore, unsurprisingly, a popular elopement destination! With all the stunning views, friendly people, and AMAZING food, Italy is the perfect place to exchange your vows.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to elope in Italy, covering everything from legal requirements to the best places to say your “I do’s.”

Amalfi coast landscape

5 Best Places to Elope In Italy

If you’re wondering where to elope in Italy, these are some of my recommendations!

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast is breathtakingly beautiful with its stunning cliffs, sparkling blue waters, and picturesque towns. Just imagine saying your vows on a secluded beach or a rustic terrace overlooking the sea! The Amalfi Coast’s landscapes provide a dreamy backdrop that will make your Italy elopement day unforgettable.


Venice is such a fairytale destination elopement location with its charming canals and historic architecture. Imagine gliding in a gondola to your ceremony or exchanging vows on a hidden bridge or in a secluded piazza. Venice’s unique blend of art, history, and romance makes it an ideal location for an intimate elopement day, offering so many picturesque spots that capture the soul of this timeless city.

The Dolomites

The Dolomites are a beautiful mountain range in the Northern Italian Alps. The peaks and valleys of this mountain range offer an adventurous, dramatic backdrop for your vows. Whether you prefer a cozy mountain lodge, an alpine meadow, or the summit of a breathtaking peak, the Dolomites have it all for you!


Tuscany is all about rustic elegance with rolling hills, vineyards, and historic villas. Picture yourselves in a quaint village, a romantic vineyard, or a historic manor surrounded by the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside. An elopement in Tuscany would be a day to remember!

Elba Island

A hidden gem in the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba Island offers a unique and intimate setting for your elopement. Known for its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and lush greenery, the island provides a tropical and romantic backdrop for your Italy elopement.

Best Time to Elope in Italy

The best time to elope in Italy will be dependent on the location you choose, because the weather can be so different between Southern and Northern Italy. As a rule of thumb, you may want to skip the peak tourist seasons, to have the most intimate experience. Spring is the best time to elope in Italy because the weather is very nice and there are far fewer tourists than in the other seasons.

Costs to Elope in Italy

The cost of eloping in Italy can vary widely based on location, services, and personal preferences. Generally, you should budget for travel expenses, accommodation, ceremony costs, and any vendor services, including photography. So the costs can range from a few thousand to several thousand dollars, depending on the scale and style of your Italy elopement.

a photographer posing at Amalfi Coast with the Mediterranean Sea in the backdrop

How to Elope in Italy – The Legal Requirements

If you’re an American citizen planning to elope in Italy, there are quite a few things to consider to make it legal. I recommend checking out this guide! This guide was written by an Italian wedding planner who has worked with many couples from the USA!

To make things easier for yourself, I recommend opting for a symbolic ceremony, which allows you to be more flexible with your location! It will also help you avoid a lot of the stress about getting all the right permits, licenses, and more. Have your friend officiate or just exchange personal vows with a view, and go to a courthouse in the USA to make it official!

a rustic building with balconies overlooking the mediterranean sea

My Italy Elopement Packages

As a destination elopement photographer, Italy is at the top of my bucket list. If you’re considering tying the knot in this breathtaking country, I’m excited to offer a special package that includes elopement day coverage, a pre-elopement consultation and guide, timeline guidance, location scouting, a preview gallery within 2 days, and a full online gallery within 6 weeks. And here’s the best part – if you elope in Italy, I’ll capture your magic for FREE, just cover my travel expenses!

Cassie Beth Photography | Italy Elopement Photographer

Ready to elope in Italy? Hire me to be your Italy elopement photographer and let’s create something beautiful together! You can learn more about me here! If it sounds like I’d be the perfect photographer for you, then inquire with me here. I’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, discover more tips and tricks like these on the blog to help kickstart the planning process!