One of the first things couples do when planning a wedding in Sicily is choosing the location. Sicily has plenty of amazing wedding venues to choose from. Whether you are looking for a classic and elegant 5 star hotel or more unique locations, such as small medieval towns or exclusive wineries, Sicily has something to offer to everyone. In this post you will find our top 10 Sicily wedding venues and the reasons we love them.
Sicily is a timeless and, in our view, an unbeatable choice when it comes to destination wedding locations.
Encapsulating myth, tradition, and history while offering the simple delights of fantastic food, sparkling sun and sea, and incredible views.
Our Island of Sicily is one full of variety, so when it comes to choosing a wedding location, you can be spoilt for choice.
We have compiled our list of the top wedding venues in Sicily so that you can get a taste of what a wedding in Sicily could offer you.
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- San Domenico Palace (Taormina), the former Dominican monastery
- Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo (Taormina), the Grand Tour favourite since 1800
- Taormina public gardens between lush vegetation and top-notch view
- Taormina Greek Theater, between history and romance
- Castelmola town: celebrate your party in the real Sicilian style
- Dimora delle Balze (Noto), the luxury baroque of Sicily
- Sicily beach wedding: Isola Bella (Taormina), celebrate your wedding in the natural marine reserve
- Bagheria wedding venue: Villa Valguarnera, the baroque estate that has inspired Dolce & Gabbana
- Aeolian Islands wedding venue: get married in front of the erupting volcano of Stromboli
San Domenico Palace (Taormina), the former Dominican monastery
The San Domenico Palace Hotel, recently overtaken by the Four Seasons, sits in a truly magnificent setting that has attracted guests since ancient times.
A luxury 5-star hotel in an ancient Dominican monastery, it has views over Mount Etna and Taormina Bay on the east coast of Sicily.
Countless famous writers, artists, and composers came here to savor this unique spot at the very tip of Italy.
The hotel features many enviable features that make for a stunning setting for a wedding celebration.
Among them are:
- The immaculate garden designed by acclaimed Italian architect Marco Bay
- Two ancient cloisters
- A stunning infinity pool with one of the best views stretching across the East coast and towards the mighty Etna volcano
A combination of which makes for a truly impressive backdrop.
During its recent renovation, the hotel’s ancient feel has been tied harmoniously with modern features, making this a grand yet enchanting venue for the wedding celebration of dreams.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding at the San Domenica Palace.
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo (Taormina), the Grand Tour favourite since 1800
Set in the heart of Taormina, next to the Ancient Greek Theatre, the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo serves up views that have enchanted those in the know for over a century.
The first hotel to be built in the city gazes out across the coast towards Mount Etna and beyond.
Probably the most luxurious hotel in town, with one of Italy’s most dramatic and classic backdrops, this location is chosen time and time again by discerning couples.
Here you and your guests can soak up all the senses of Sicily.
During a wedding at Grand Hotel Timeo, you can enjoy moments of celebration in immaculate gardens, be treated to sensational cuisine and be inspired by the classical beauty that surrounds you.
The hotel’s location close to the centre of Taormina makes it a great choice if you are opting for a church wedding, since you and your guests can take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful town as you go from one venue to the next, surely receiving lots of smiles and attention along the way!
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding at the Grand Hotel Timeo.
Taormina public gardens between lush vegetation and top-notch view
The Taormina public gardens or ‘villa comunale’ are the ideal spot for a wedding celebration in impressive landscaped gardens with spectacular sea views.
The public gardens in Taormina are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike as a place of calm and reflection.
They are appreciated during an evening stroll or ‘passeggiata’ or during the afternoons by those seeking respite from the blazing sun.
This is a nature-filled Mediterranean paradise, yet the collection of lush florals and tropical botanies, combined with old monuments and buildings give this park an oriental feel, making this a peaceful and unique venue for a wedding celebration.
The garden also possesses hints of an English style, since it was conceived by Lady Florence Trevelyan, an English noblewoman who was a cousin of Queen Victoria.
The photo opportunities in the public gardens are second to none, with one of the best views downhill towards the bay and across the expansive and sparking Sicilian sea. So even if you opt for an alternative venue, we recommend spending some moments of your special day in this place of tranquillity.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding at Taormina public gardens.
Taormina Greek Theater, between history and romance
For a truly unique wedding location, lucky couples can choose to hold their ceremony in the ancient and spectacular setting of the Taormina Greek Theatre.
One of the most exclusive and special wedding venue in Sicily, a wedding at the Taormina Greek Theatre will be sure to create vivid and lasting memories for both couples and their guests.
Set in a breathtaking location with an unbeatable view of Mount Etna and the beautiful coastline of the Ionian Sea through the ancient Greek-Roman pillars, a ceremony at the theatre is truly a dream-come-true moment.
A wedding in the Taormina Greek Theater is the ultimate privilege and exclusive experience in Sicily, where you will feel as though the whole city is yours!
After the ceremony, make your way to one of these other exclusive places to continue your Sicilian wedding with a romantic dinner and after-dark celebrations.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding celebration at the Greek Theater.
Castelmola town: celebrate your party in the real Sicilian style
The medieval village of Castelmola, perched high above Taormina, is the perfect location for those looking to celebrate their wedding in true local style and it is also our favorite Sicily wedding venue as it allows us to recreate a proper and real typical Sicilian feast!
Imagine having a charming medieval village all to yourself, set as the stage for a modern yet authentic Sicilian celebration. Then add participation of the local community to this unique setting, joining in the festivities and adding to the joyful atmosphere.
The result is the most memorable party that will exceed your expectations and allow your guests experience the essence and warmth of real Sicily.
If you want to know more about the venue read the post about Castelmola and how it can be used as an event location.
Choosing Castelmola as your venue, our expert wedding planners can arrange a personalized setting and decorations, along with an indulgent feast to suit your tastes; be it seated with guests amongst the medieval walls, or even create your own mini-festival, inviting neighbors old and young to join in the celebration.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding party in Castelmola Town.
Dimora delle Balze (Noto), the luxury baroque of Sicily
Dimora delle Balze is a place of tranquil calm set in the midst of the Noto countryside.
A 19th-century estate with 11 charmingly designed rooms, this special venue was chosen by the Italian power couple Chiara Ferragni and Fedez for their 2018 wedding.
It offers captivating views toward Val di Noto, a stunning rural area that has been granted Unesco heritage status.
Offering couples the chance to create a truly customized event; this venue can be transformed to suit the most particular of tastes. But with its meticulously restored outbuildings and sophisticated courtyards, this place is naturally captivating.
The whole venue is available for exclusive use, so you can make this corner of paradise all yours for a few days.
Imagine celebrating your love story with friends and guests gathered for a special dinner on tables wrapped around a citrus-filled courtyard, and the night culminating with music and dancing around stone columns and alongside the saltwater pool.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding at Dimora delle Balze.
Sicily beach wedding: Isola Bella (Taormina), celebrate your wedding in the natural marine reserve
When considering where to get married in Sicily, an intimate ceremony on Isola Bella (or the ‘beautiful island’) is certainly an option worth exploring.
The charming private beach clubs (such as Taobeach or Pizzichella) across from the island can be dedicated to the celebrations and decorated to fulfill the creative visions of all couples. Isola Bella is definitely one of the most unique wedding venues if you want to host your party in a protected reserve close to the most distinctive landmark of Taormina and whole Sicily.
Celebrate your love right next to the toing and froing of the waves while dancing the night away. Exclusive hotels surrounding the bay of Taormina are another timeless choice.
We love Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, Atlantis Bay and Baiamuri.
Otherwise, it is possible to elope on the botanic beauty that is Isola Bella itself. An ideal option if you are looking for a low-key occasion where you can officiate your love with only your nearest and dearest to witness.
With the island’s lush greenery contrasting with its surrounding blue, a ceremony on Isola Bella is another picture-perfect Sicilian wedding location.
Contact us if you want to organize a beach wedding in Taormina.
Bagheria wedding venue: Villa Valguarnera, the baroque estate that has inspired Dolce & Gabbana
Villa Valguarnera in the small town of Bagheria is a stunning example of 18th century Renaissance architecture, with a striking baroque interior.
This special place has the designer credentials to back it up its prestige: Dolce and Gabbana chose it for their fragrance video that was directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Sophia Loren.
The villa is an eclectic and yet elegant aristocratic palace, owned by Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca.
Every room is fit for a Royal’s presence, and with character and detail bursting from the seams; the whole place is a photographer or cinematographer’s dream.
No wonder this venue is widely regarded as the most romantic place to stay (or to celebrate) in the whole of Sicily.
If you are looking for a wedding in a grand and ornamental setting that radiates the romanticism of Sicily, then Villa Valguarnera is surely the right choice.
Another charming option is Villa Tasca: another majestic historical residence with classical gardens and neoclassical architecture.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding in a private villa in Sicily.
Aeolian Islands wedding venue: get married in front of the erupting volcano of Stromboli
The Aeolian islands are some of the wild treasures of Sicily, dotted around the Northeast side of the main island.
Composed of seven; Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Panarea. They represent an extraordinary testimony to the birth and evolution of the volcanic islands.
A wedding on one of the beautiful and remote Aeolian islands is a chance to set your special day surrounded by breathtaking views and crystal clear waters, before setting onto the islands themselves and experiencing the charms of local life, and sitting down to a feast full of the most local produce and delicacies.
Lucky couples will even have the chance to experience volcanic eruptions, especially from the powerful beauty that is Stromboli Island, who provides the most incredible of backdrops, and a sight sure to leave guests speechless as she puts on an amazing show amazing show at night, when the rivers of fire ooze down to the sea.
For a small, intimate occasion, couples can opt for a luxurious yacht wedding: be immersed by the turquoise seas as you say your ‘I do’s’ with a backdrop of mythical islands.
Then sit back and relax with your closest, enjoy the endless blues as you drift from one island to the next.
Contact us if you want to organize your wedding at the Aeolian Islands.
Those are just some ideas but the list is endless. For all your needs regarding an unforgettable wedding in Sicily, contact our team of experts who are here to make your dream come true.