A Masseria is a converted farmhouse, usually on a country estate, not unlike a spanish Finca. Many of these beautiful houses, which are mostly concentrated in Southern Italy, have been converted into luxury accommodations, b&bs or restaurants. We have selected five that we think will make stunning wedding venues.
Our journey through the endless possibilities of an Italian wedding has led us to five amazing venues and I can’t wait to tell you abot them. They are quaint, stylish and romantic and will give your wedding party a unique vibe.
Masserie started out as rural farm estates during the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In the 90s, it suddenly became all the rage to restore and refurbish them, giving them new life and converting them into modern day accommodations such as hotels, Spas and traditional restaurants. It was only a matter of time before they took the wedding market by storm, with their unique blend of culture and charm, and became among the most popular wedding venues in Italy.
Masserie are a common sight in Southern Italy, particularly in the region of Apulia. A typical masseria retains its original character, infused with local traditions and rural charm that makes it the ideal setting for an elegant wedding reception.
A Masseria is a peaceful hideaway in the country, ideal for a traditional wedding and yet equipped with up-to-the minute facilities to ensure the guests’ comfort and enjoyment. If you are passionate about having a green and sustainable wedding, you will also be pleased to know that many Masserie are devoted to organic farming and only cater for zero miles wedding, in which the food is grown locally and prepared traditionally – which, of course makes it absolutely delicious.
Masserie are larger than your average wedding venues. In their original form, they used to include a farmstead – which was more like a mansion, in which the landowner would reside, as well as stables, barns in which the crops were kept and a small chapel. In most cases, these different spaces have been restored and adapted to modern-day needs, while retaining their characteristic features, such as the beautiful stone walls and inner courtyards.
What makes them such great wedding venues is the fact that, just like the romantic villages we told you about, they offer a variety of spaces in which to host your reception. There are plenty of options for customisation and details can really make a difference.
We have shortlisted the 5 top Masserie in their region of origin: Apulia. Will you get married in one of them?
Get married in a Masseria
Masseria Torre Coccaro
Masseria Torre Coccaro had to be our first stop. I am so completely in love with it that I already listed it as one of the top wedding venues in Salento. It combines sophisticated style with an authentic traditional vibe. Not to mention the fact that it offers an unparalleled variety of spaces in which to host a wedding party, from the stunning, fine, white sandy beach with its imposing dunes, to the spectacular swimming pool and, of course, the unique and quaint inner courtyards. Elegant and welcoming at the same time, this Masseria was built in the 1500s, it is surrounded by ancient olive-trees and it has its own XVIII Century chapel, in which it is possible to celebrate the Catholic Rite of Marriage.
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This is a XIX Century Masseria in the Apulian province of Ostuni. This historic residence has been carefully refurbished, keeping its original charm intact. Each individual detail has ben scrupulously designed to fit in harmonically with the whole of the building and its surroundings. This location comes with almost 100 acres of woodland and olive-tree plantations and it is the ideal wedding venue if you are looking for traditional style with modern comfort and innovation.
Relais Masseria Montalbano
It is impossible to list Masserie as wedding venues and not mentione this one. Relais Masseria Montalbano too is located near Ostuni and the original building dates back to the XVI Century. A charming venue with the perfect look and feel of an old Apulian Masseria and several versatile spaces you can use. Back in the day when it was being used as a full-functioning farm, this facility could host up to 317 people. ITs amazing gardens and olive-tree plantations and its ancient courtyard will look stunning on your wedding photobook!
If rural charm with a classy touch is what you are after, you need look no further than Masseria Appidè. This XVII Century mansion is located in the province of Lecce, in the heart of the subregion of Salento, and it is a perfect balance of the rustic and the glamorous. This ancient Masseria has a unique feature: a large pear-tree orchard. The name Appide itself, in fact, is derived from the Greek name for the particular variety of pears that are grown here. This is the perfect venue for your country-chic wedding.
Masseria Caselli is one of the first you’ll encounter driving southwards through Salento. If you pick this as your wedding venue, you will also be able to celebrate your civil wedding rite here. This beautiful old building has been equipped with every modern-day comfort. Its vast hall can welcome up to 350 guests, while the ancient inner courtyard and the spectacular sea view from the terrace will provide the perfect atmosphere for a memorable wedding. Whether you wish to host your reception indoors, outdoors or both, you will be spoilt for choice at Masseria Caselli.
Would you like to get married in an ancient Apulian Masseria? Let us know!