Destination wedding Abruzzo: Top 5 Venues

Two spouses in the Abruzzo countryside

Picking your wedding venue is a big deal, and it needs to be evaluated in all its complexity and every detail. Italy is a diverse country, offering a variety of different landscapes to the couples who choose to pronounce their “I do” in an elegant and unique scenery. “Our” Abruzzo is undoubtedly among the “emerging” region in the wedding industry.

Getting married in Abruzzo means opting for a territory very much tied to its traditions, and culinary customs. Abruzzo offers a wide range of venues’ options, and some of them are absolutely fabulous. Among landscapes, ancient villages, monasteries, castles, buildings overlooking the sea, you will be spoilt of choice!  Let’s have a look at our selection of top 5 wedding venues for getting married in Abruzzo!

Semivicoli Castle

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Sitting among Abruzzo’s hills, Semivicoli Castle is a majestic building dating back to 17th and 18th-centuries. Strategically situated, the castle offers a breath-taking view over Majella mountain, up to the Adriatic Sea.

Once the heart of the old peasant village, the castle has become, over the years, a winery and a prestigious wedding venue.

The castle can host civil weddings in its premises, or catholic weddings as well, that can be celebrated inside the adjoining church.

Semivicoli Castle hosts a piano nobile (“noble floor”) with 11 rooms and 3 decorated suites, unique in their kind. It also hosts a shop where it is possible to purchase their locally produced wine.

Monastery of Fortezza di Santo Spirito

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The monastery Fortezza Santo Spirito is an ancient medieval castle lying in an extraordinary natural landscape. It is located in Ocre, in the province of L’Aquila, and it was founded in 1222 as the first settlement of Cistercians monks of the area. The monastery appears today as a fortress that had been renovated over the years, with several stone rooms, 14th-century’s frescoes, and a loggia overlooking the surrounding areas. The ceremonies are celebrated outdoor, in a suggestive cloister located deep in the green of the panoramic terrace overlooking the valley, or inside the beautiful deconsecrated church.

The building offers several rooms which can be used for accommodating the wedding guests.

Santo Stefano di Sessanio – Sexantio


Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a fortified medieval village. It is located in the mountains of Abruzzo at 1.250 meters above sea level, inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. The village is a classic example of a medieval Italian hill town, with perimeter walls encircling houses and squares. During the last century, the “modernisation” of rural Italy compromised the architectural heritage of many of its countryside villages and towns. But Santo Stefano, like many other remote Mediterranean mountain villages, became deserted when its impoverished inhabitants left in search of work. Paradoxically, the abandonment saved the town from architectural abuse.

Villa Estea

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An exclusive venue for a wedding in Abruzzo, located in Lago Dragoni, Torino di Sangro (Chieti). Villa Estea lies along the Trabocchi Coast, and overlooks the sea: an ancient building transformed into a luxury lodge, a perfect venue for weddings.

The breath-taking scenery combining nature and design conveys a sense of enchantment to the atmosphere. At last, an elegant terrace overlooking the sea stretch, and a swimming pool, will enhance the charm of the wedding ceremony.

Campoletizia Farmhouse

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A holiday farm located in Miglianico, in the Abruzzo region, a few kilometres away from the coast and the Majella National Park, deep in the green hills surrounding Chieti. Campoletizia farmhouse is an organic farm of vineyards, olive groves, and wheat, overlooking the valleys of Chieti and the sea.

The renovated farmhouse offers nine private rooms for the guests, all of them furnished in a rustic style, with old country furniture. Campoletizia farmhouse is the perfect venue for nature-lovers who have always dreamed of a country-style marriage, offering a wedding ceremony closely tied to peasant’s traditions, deep in the greenery landscape of Majella National Park.