Stunning views, romantic atmosphere, breathtaking venues, and unparalleled cuisine. The best Amalfi Coast is undeniably one of the most unforgettable destination wedding locations in the world. 

If you’ve decided to tie the knot along this exquisite stretch of Italian coastline, you’re not alone. Thousands of couples say “I do” against the backdrop of the cliff-lined waters of the Mediterranean Sea each year. Often, couples book the great wedding venues on the Amalfi Coast months – if not years – in advance. So, you should settle on where you would like to hold your wedding ceremony and reception sooner rather than later.

There are a number of different types of wedding ceremonies you can hold on the Amalfi Coast. The type of ceremony in many ways determines the choice of venues you have. Here are the main types of wedding ceremonies and the venues where events can be held:

 

Best Wedding Venues of the Amalfi Coast for Religious Ceremonies

 

Catholic Ceremonies

If you are planning on holding a Catholic wedding ceremony on the Amalfi Coast, here are a few things to keep in mind for you:

  • You will need to provide religious and civil paperwork. Religious paperwork includes permission from your parish bishop and pre-Cana class certification, as well as Christening and Confirmation certificates.
  • You must issue civil paperwork within 6 months of the proposed wedding date. And must deposit religious paperwork at the Italian Curia at least 2 months prior to the wedding.
  • Catholic weddings in Italy can be legally binding, but you will have to hold a separate civil ceremony before arriving in Italy depending on the church location.
  • You can celebrate your ceremony in English or Italian (via an interpreter).
  • You should make a donation to the church as a courtesy.
  • Bride and bridal party dresses must be modest and cover shoulders and knees.

Best Wedding Venues on the Amalfi Coast for Catholic Weddings

Though many of the Catholic churches on the Amalfi Coast only allow weddings for local parishioners, there are some notable exceptions:

Amalfi: the exceptional 11th-century Duomo that towers over Amalfi’s main square allows Catholic ceremonies for non-locals. For pure wow factor and photo ops on the sweeping staircase and historic cloister, this is one of the top Catholic venues on the coast.

Positano: the iconic green and yellow majolica dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the symbols of Positano. The gorgeous interiors are both sumptuous and intimate.

Ravello: there are a number of gem-like Catholic churches in Ravello for an unforgettable religious ceremony, including the medieval Duomo and baroque Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

 

 

Protestant Ceremonies

Though Italy is a predominantly Catholic country, there are plenty of wedding venue options for Protestant religious ceremonies, as well. To hold a Protestant ceremony, here are some facts:

  • You will need to provide religious and civil paperwork, which may vary depending upon your denomination (Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Reformed, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Evangelist, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc).
  • You can hold a Protestant wedding in churches or in other approved venues including villas, gardens, and hotels.
  • If you meet the necessary paperwork requirements, your Protestant wedding ceremony in Italy can be legally binding.
  • Though most Protestant churches are found in larger cities like Naples, pastors will travel to ceremony venues across the Amalfi Coast.
  • You can celebrate your ceremony in English or Italian (via an interpreter).
  • You should make a donation to the church as a courtesy and respect any modest dress codes.

 

The Best Wedding Venues on the Amalfi Coast for Protestant Weddings

Protestant weddings allow for a tremendous amount of flexibility regarding the ceremony venue. Venues can include historic villas with a view, gardens overlooking the coastline, and luxury hotel terraces:

Amalfi: the two churches only allow Catholic wedding ceremonies. Couples can hold their ceremony in one of the town’s luxury hotels with panoramic terraces. Otherwise, the adjacent village of Atrani allows couples to hold Protestant wedding ceremonies in their delightful cathedral overlooking the sea.  

Positano: there is no Protestant church venue in Positano. This romantic coastal village offers some of the most stunning villa, hotel, and garden locations along the coastline.

Ravello: though there are no Protestant churches in Ravello, the local Catholic Diocese has made several of its finest churches available for Protestant ceremonies. Couples can have a Protestant pastor perform a ceremony in one of the town’s fabulous historic churches.

The Best Wedding Venues of the Amalfi Coast for Civil Ceremonies

If you’d like to say “I do” on the Amalfi Coast with a wedding ceremony that is legally binding but not religious, you can opt for a civil ceremony. Here are the basics you need to know: 

  • You must provide certain civil paperwork.
  • An Italian official (mayor or civil registrar) officiates at civil ceremonies. They are legally recognized in your country.
  • The officiant performs the ceremony in Italian with an official interpreter. The text contains both articles of the Italian civil code and traditional marriage vows. You can personalize the ceremony with music and readings.
  • Civil ceremonies must take place in locations approved by the Italian government. These include town halls and other venues approved by the Italian authorities like historic villas and panoramic gardens.
  • Often, Italian towns only hold civil ceremonies on weekdays.
  • You must have two witnesses at least 18 years of age.
  • There is no dress code.

The Best Civil Ceremony Venues on the Amalfi Coast

You can hold a civil wedding ceremony in a variety of venues on the Amalfi Coast, from grand historic city halls to other storied landmarks and gardens:

Amalfi: civil ceremonies are held in the elegant Salone Morelli in the town hall. This is a former Benedictine Monastery dating from 1300. You can also hold your civil ceremony at the impressive vaulted medieval shipbuilding arsenals in the center of town. 

Positano: this is one of the most popular locations for civil ceremonies as they are held on an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea (weather permitting). In case of inclement weather, you can move the ceremony into the adjacent town hall’s pretty majolica-tiled main room.

Ravello: if you dream of a garden wedding, Ravello is the ideal choice as civil ceremonies here are held in the Gardens of the Principessa di Piemonte. Couples are welcome to decorate with flowers and set up a marquee or floral arch. In case of inclement weather, you can move the ceremony into the 12th-century town hall’s elegant marble Sala dei Matrimoni.

 

The Best Wedding Venues of the Amalfi Coast for Symbolic Ceremonies

A symbolic wedding ceremony (also known as non-denominational or secular) is ideal to sidestep the hassle of gathering the paperwork necessary for a legally binding religious or civil Italian ceremony: 

  • This type of ceremony is not legally binding. You will have to get legally married in your own country either before or after your symbolic wedding in Italy.
  • You have complete freedom as far as the content and venue for the ceremony. It can be as traditional or unique as you prefer.
  • A pastor, an Italian officer, or a family member can perform a symbolic marriage ceremony,
  • You can personalize the ceremony with original vows, favorite songs, poetry, religious elements, or other rituals.
  • You can hold a symbolic ceremony anywhere private events are allowed. This includes historic villas and gardens to romantic luxury hotels and even private yachts.

The Best Symbolic Ceremony Venues on the Amalfi Coast

Symbolic wedding ceremonies can be held anywhere on the Amalfi Coast that is available for private events, from grand historic city halls to other storied landmarks and gardens:

Amalfi: one of the most popular venues for a symbolic ceremony in Amalfi is the historic Saracen tower than stands directly over the sea and affords spectacular views of the coastline and town. Otherwise, there are a number of luxurious hotels with panoramic terraces that are particularly photogenic.

Positano: the romantic gardens of the 18th-century Palazzo Murat are among the most beautiful along the coastline for a small symbolic ceremony (you can also hold a reception at the villa), and there are also a number of private villas and luxury hotels with panoramic terraces that can be used for intimate or large symbolic ceremonies.

Ravello: despite its small size, this clifftop village is home to some of the most incredible venues on the Amalfi Coast for a symbolic wedding ceremony, including the historic Villa Cimbrone panoramic gardens, intimate Villa Eva, or the sumptuous Hotel Belmond Caruso, considered one of the finest in Italy.

 

The Best Wedding Venues of the Amalfi Coast for Receptions

Where you will hold your wedding reception depends, of course, on where you hold your religious, civil, or symbolic ceremony. Logistics for getting a large group of people around the coast can be tricky, as traffic is often clogged. The best solution is to hold the ceremony and reception close enough that guests can walk from one to the other. You can even hold certain civil and symbolic ceremonies at the same venue as the reception, be that a private villa or garden or luxury hotel. Here are some of our top wedding reception venues on the Amalfi Coast:

Amalfi: Hotel Santa Caterina and Grand Hotel Convento can both host a number of types of wedding ceremonies from religious to symbolic, as well as the reception following. 

Positano: Palazzo Santa Croce is one of the most striking villas in Positano, its deep red stuccoed walls and panoramic terraces an iconic backdrop for any intimate reception…that said, there are countless villas in and near the town center that are unforgettable venues. 

Ravello: in addition to the gardens at Villa Cimbrone and Villa Eva, we love the Hotel Belmond Caruso and Palazzo Alvino, two impeccable luxury hotels that can hold both certain types of ceremonies and receptions.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunning stretches along Italy’s Mediterranean Sea. Its dramatic cliffs drop straight down to the turquoise waters below. Its charming fishing villages are now some of the most fashionable boltholes in the world. It also offers spectacular waterfront hotels and restaurants. But which are the best places on the Amalfi Coast for a luxury getaway? Read on…

The beauty of the “Costiera Amalfitana” has been celebrated since the times of ancient Rome. Today, this relatively small area UNESCO-listed spot in southern Italy is among the most popular destinations in the world. To avoid the crush of tourists that invade each summer, we suggest staying at least a few days on the coast. That way you have time to savor its picturesque towns, jewel-like islands, nearby archaeological sites, and even Naples.

One of the first decisions you need to make when planning a luxury vacation on the Amalfi Coast is where you want to book your hotel or villa. At Visumo Travel, we know this area intimately. We can offer insights and assistance for booking your accommodations and planning your itinerary. Here’s a guide to help get you started on dreaming about your custom holiday on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

The Best Places on the Amalfi Coast

 

The Best Places on the Amalfi Coast – Sorrento

Though Sorrento is often considered part of the Amalfi Coast, this historic resort town is actually located outside the strict boundaries. A busy cruise ship port and bus tour destination, Sorrento sits halfway between Naples and Positano. It’s a convenient and popular base for the entire area from Naples to Vietri sul Mare, the southernmost village on the Amalfi Coast.

Unfortunately, its relatively accessible location makes it very crowded between June and September. This is when the high-season day-trippers clog the narrow lanes of the old town. We recommend booking a hotel or villa in Sorrento only in the spring and fall.

Sorrento is one of the best places on the Amalfi Coast if you plan on spending your time on the coast sightseeing most days. Its central location makes it easy to explore with a private driver on land or by sea with a private day cruise. The top towns, islands, and sights are all within about an hour.

If you’re traveling with family, you may also want to consider staying in Sorrento as the town is relatively flat. Other villages along the Amalfi Coast are virtually vertical and the steps and hills can be tough on children. Corso Italia, the main shopping street, is closed to traffic. There are also a number of family-friendly beaches in and near Sorrento, including Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. These beaches just below the center of town.

Best Places to Stay in Sorrento

Our top pick by far in Sorrento is the storied Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria for its timeless elegance and breathtaking terrace overlooking the sea. This is an ideal choice for couples (the spa is a huge perk) but also for families. The sprawling resort has ample outdoor space with a separate children’s pool and play area.

We also love the indulgent suites at the Bellevue Syrene. This chic Mediterranean gem perched above the sea has gorgeous interiors, private indoor pools, and panoramic dining on the terrace.

Best Places to Eat in Sorrento

We recommend Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890, one of the best fine-dining restaurants in southern Italy with two Michelin stars. The chef uses ingredients sourced from the family’s farm on Punta Campanella and other local producers. The restaurant is located in Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, just outside of Sorrento.

 

The Best Places on the Amalfi Coast – Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast is known for its postcard-perfect scenery and unparalleled cuisine, as well as a unique La Dolce Vita atmosphere. There isn’t much along the coastline as far as art and architecture as most of the villages were modest fishing hamlets until the mid-20th century. The one exception, however, is the bustling town of Amalfi, for which the coastline is named.

Once a wealthy maritime republic, Amalfi today holds the lion’s share of the coast’s cultural treasures, with a spectacular cathedral and historic paper making museum. It’s the largest town on the coastline and sits roughly at its center. It’s one of the best places on the Amalfi Coast if you are looking forward to visiting all the Amalfi Coast towns from Positano to Vietri sul mare.

Even if you stay within the confines of the town for the duration of your stay, there is plenty to keep you busy. First and foremost, visit the splendid 10th-century Duomo and its Cloister of Paradise. Other highlights include the 18th-century majolica floor in the Church of San Biagio and the historic Arsenale. This is where the Republic of Amalfi’s shipbuilders could once turn out an entire ship in just weeks. Amalfi’s Paper Museum is also worth a visit, dedicated to the town’s important history as a producer of hand-crafted paper.

Amalfi has some of the best shopping on the Amalfi Coast. B sure to buy handmade paper by Cartiera Amatruda, a workshop that has been producing stationary for royalty for 500 years. It also offers waterfront dining and a number of beaches. Just outside Amalfi, the clifftop villas of Ravello and winding staircases and narrow lanes of Atrani – the tiniest town in southern Italy – beckon.

Best Places to Stay in Amalfi

Amalfi is home to one of our favorite insider gems on the Amalfi Coast, the glorious cliffside Hotel Santa Caterina just outside of town. The hotel features two panoramic restaurants, a heated pool, and a private beach with elevator access. Our guests have a hard time tearing themselves away from this coastal paradise.

Couples who really want to get away from it all for a few days can settle in at the superb Monastero Santa Rosa. This is of the hottest newer luxury retreats along the coast set above tiny Conca dei Marini outside of Amalfi.

Best Places to Eat in Amalfi

We love the old-world atmosphere of the historic Da Gemma restaurant. They have been serving authentic Amalfi dishes since 1872.

The Best Places on the Amalfi Coast – Positano

Considered the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, Positano was once a humble fishing village. Today, it’s one of the most elegant boltholes along the coast. The center is bursting with luxury hotels, fabulous restaurants, and high-end boutiques and art galleries.

Though the town is now a buzzy outpost, its original jumble of colorful houses tumbling down the cliffside to the beach remains. The bright bursts of bougainvillea frame the towering church majolica dome, one of its most famous landmarks.

Positano is among the best places on the Amalfi Coast to stay if you just have a few nights to stay on the Amalfi Coast. You can experience all its beauty and glamour without ever having to leave the town. It’s also the hands-down favorite if you’re celebrating a special romantic occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary.

Best Places to Stay in Positano

The most famous hotel is the iconic Le Sirenuse, a luxury landmark. Scores of celebrities and nobility have stayed here over the decades. Today, its classic décor and luxurious dining options still position it among the finest hotels along the coast.

The indulgent San Pietro is also a Positano favorite with our clients. We love the chic interiors, attentive service, and inviting family atmosphere.

Best Places to Eat in Positano

For the meal of your life, there is no better place than dinner at La Sponda, the fine-dining restaurant Le Sirenuse. Each night, 400 candles are lit to bathe the dining room in an unforgettable golden glow.

 

The Best Places on the Amalfi Coast – Ravello

This tiny delight is the only town along the Amalfi Coast that does not sit at the water’s edge. Instead, it offers bird’s-eye views over the Bay of Salerno from the top of the coastal cliff. Ravello is famous for its two historic villas, the 13th-century Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Villa Cimbrone has an exquisite botanical garden and the Terrace of Infinity with some of the most sweeping views on the Amalfi Coast.

Set a bit apart from the other coastal towns, Ravello generally sees fewer visitors and the overall atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. In addition to its landmark villas and gardens, you can visit the town’s pretty cathedral and wander the sleepy old town center.

Best Places to Stay in Ravello

The Belmond Hotel Caruso is one of the best places on the Amalfi Coast to stay. This white-glove resort sits in an 11th-century palazzo on the clifftop with one of the most stunning infinity pools in Italy. Perfect for a relaxing retreat far from the crowds, you can unwind on the grounds or poolside. Guests also indulge in luxury spa treatments and enjoy drinks and meals with a view at the restaurants. The hotel shuttle runs between Ravello and Amalfi several times a day. Most of our clients are happy to settle in and recharge for the duration of their stay, however.

Best Places to Eat in Ravello

The Michelin-starred Il Flauto di Pan restaurant in Villa Cimbrone serves its contemporary Mediterranean cuisine made with organic ingredients grown in the villa’s gardens.