Dear friends, this week our journey through the most beautiful hamlets in Italy is taking us to Liguria. After the dazzling beauty of Venice and the quaint charm of the Amalfi Coast, we will now explore the charming possibilities of getting married in the Cinque Terre.
This is a fascinating area, that has been drawing and enchanting tourists from all over the world for centuries. You only have to take a moment to contemplate the local scenery or even look at a postcard to understand why: this place is absolutely magical. More often than not, you will think you are looking at a composition, assembled as a painting by Mother Nature herself.
Medieval hamlets in this area are instantly recognizable by their distinctive bright colours and make the Cinque Terre a hub of art and culture. History and tradition have shaped these region in an unmistakeable way and its present is proving as remarkable as its glorious past.
Sea and land come together at the Cinque Terre and melt into one another, framing a unique scenery. Monterosso,Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, Manarola are some of the town that caused the Cinque Terre to become a listed UNESCO site in 1997. The appointment came with the following declaration: “The eastern Ligurian Riviera between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural site of outstanding value, representing the harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality that illustrates a traditional way of life that has existed for a thousand years and continues to play an important socio-economic role in the life of the community.”
The Cinque Terre are an seamless collection of quaint little towns that appear to be suspended between land and sea and, nowadays, they are among the favourite destinations of travellers looking for wellness and relaxation.
If you were to ask me what Italy is like, I would tell you about the Cinque Terre, so that I could be sure to convey the uniqueness and diversity to be found in the Bel Paese. Culture, history and nature exist in perfect harmony. Your stay will be a whirlwind of colours and scents, in a timeless haven. Every detail of this corner of Italy will imprint itself in your memory.
Getting married in the Cinque Terre
Getting married in the Cinque Terre is a dream-like experience. The ever-mild weather is but one of the many features that guarantee your special day to be absolutely perfect. A wedding in the Cinque Terre is bound to benefit from this area’s reputation for grace and elegance.
There are plenty of excellent wedding locations to choose from, many of which offer spectacular terraces overlooking the sea. Each town has its own special “love pathways”, with handsome views that will make your wedding photos memorable and unique.
You can choose to get married by the sea, thus making the scenery the true protagonist of the event, or pick one of the many little coves on the eastern Ligurian coast, by the bright blue sea and sheltered by the majestic rocky shore. You could also choose to get married in one of the many little old churches in the area, which will make the ceremony itself ever more suggestive and intimate. You can reach the Cinque Terre by boat or simply wander through the love pathways at your leisure.
Cinque Terre the Love Road
If you get married in the Cinque Terre, you can’t miss the Via dell’Amore (Love Road). This is one of the most romantic pathways in the region, connecting the two villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The pathway is a little under a mile long and it stretches over a steep seashore. The view here is breath-taking and the vivid colours and sweet scents have rightfully earned it the suggestive name of Love Road.
Cinque Terre: Wine & Food
Another good reason to get married in the Cinque Terre, beside the region’s natural beauty, is the heavenly local cuisine, born of an ancient tradition that has changed very little over time, and has kept most of its original flavour. If you think of Liguria, you are probably and rightfully thinking of delicious trofie with pesto sauce, of flatbread and of the exquisite local fish. Wine is equally important here and it has just as ancient a tradition. The most famous local grape is probably the Sciacchetrà, a sweet and syrupy wine, full-bodied and richly scented.
A charming location with elegant venues, excellent food and all the romanticism you can handle. Have you ever considered getting married in the Cinque Terre? You probably should.
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