The most famous wedding destination in Rome – well, technically in Vatican City. Couples who want to marry at St. Peter’s Basilica must ask their local parish priest to write a letter making the request on their behalf. Only a limited number of ceremonies are performed each year – in the Cappella del Coro, or Choir Chapel – but if accepted additional services such as musicians, flowers and photographers can only be provided by pre-approved vendors. Jump through these hoops though, and the rewards are great – the chapel is decorated with precious marble, golden embroidery and a moving canvas depicting the Immaculate Conception.
Also known as the Vignola Mattei Complex, Santa Maria in Tempulo is a deconsecrated 11th-century convent church tucked away behind the Baths of Caracalla. Unassuming from the outside, the ex-church boasts a pared down interior that accentuates the building’s rustic features. The wooden beams, elegant archways and original stone walls provide a simple but tasteful backdrop to the civil ceremonies that take place here.
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The Campidoglio, or Capitoline Hill, is one of the seven hills of Rome and home to the City Hall and the treasure-packed Capitoline Museums. Inside one of the palazzi that stand in this Michelangelo-designed square is the Sala Rossa, or Red Room. The opulent red interiors with ornate gold detailing cement this location’s status as a formal and luxurious wedding venue and the opportunity for photos in the stunning hilltop piazza make the spot even more desirable.
One of four churches nestled on the Aventine Hill, the Basilica of Santa Sabina is famed for its 5th-century wooden doors carved with scenes from the Bible – including a panel with one of the earliest surviving depictions of the crucifixion. Considered a prime example of early Christian architecture, the church is less ornate than other places of worship in Rome but no less beautiful for it. The fact that it’s situated next-door to the Giardino degli Aranci, which has spectacular views across Rome, is the icing on the cake for this wedding venue.
With roots that can be traced back to the 11th century, Castello di Tor Crescenza is a hot venue among Rome’s VIP crowd. Francesco Totti and his TV personality wife Ilary Blasi held their wedding reception at this extravagant venue in 2005 (after a ceremony at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli on the Campidoglio). He liked this turreted and ivy-clad castle so much that he chose it again in 2016 as the location of his 40th birthday celebrations.
Castello di Tor Crescenza, Via dei Due Ponti, 100, Rome, Italy +39 392 490 9872