Don Ferrante is a luxury boutique hotel located in Monopoli historical center, a beautiful ancient village full of coves and sandy beaches.
Don Ferrante appears quite different from the typical Masseria of the Apulian countryside.
It was built just above the sea and it once was a fortress.
It boasts magnificent views of both the Adriatic sea on one side, and whitewashed houses on the other, surrounded by ancient churches and palaces, and narrow alleys that make up the historical town of Monopoli.
This charming country resort is located in Ostuni, close to Brindisi.
It is an ancient farmhouse embellished by arches, terraces and Trulli, reminiscent of the traditional Apulian architecture.
The building offers a regal atmosphere, with the grand entrance staircase and the play of stone arches which welcome the guests for a unique experience through centuries of history and timeless rituals.
It is surrounded by the tranquil Apulian countryside and an immersive Mediterranean forest of 10 hectares, which you can explore thanks to the many wooden paths that run through it for 2 kilometers.
You can admire all of this along with the Itria Valley’s landscape from the Masseria’s panoramic terraces.
The large external square surrounded by the 8 trulli, with its unusual Apulian architecture, becomes a beautiful location for a memorable reception, and ensures sensations of other times.
At the Masseria you can also find, immersed in a setting of fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, an infinity pool which offers peacefulness and relaxation by day and a magical and romantic atmosphere by night.
The internal restaurant combines ancient recipes of the Valle d’Itria and the chef’s creativity and hosts a taste experience characterized by simple genuine flavors and the culinary traditions of the Puglia region.
It provides a wide selection of food and wine that could be fully tailored to the couple’s needs.
There are 25 rooms that can accommodate from 50 to 60 guests for the night. The style is a blend of the charm of Apulian history and the elegance of modernity.
If the rustic and also sophisticated vibe of the Apulian venues inspires you, this Masseria is really worth a visit.
A land of sea, hills and endless plains, the Apulia region attracts visitors for its amazing coastline (more than 800 kilometers across Adriatic and Ionian Sea), but also for its art cities and picturesque historical villages, where old religious traditions still live untouched, its countryside masserie immersed in olive groves, and its plenty of farm products that tell of unique ancient flavors.
Puglia can surely now take its place in the first rank of Italy’s famous regions. Clearly, everything the Italophile craves is there in abundance: ancient towns heavy with the tangible past; extravagant churches dreamt up by Europe’s finest architects; the footprints of an endless procession of conquerors and cultures, stamped in stone, gold and marble; seas of olives; olive – green seas; and food the equal of any in Italy.
Travellers bored or worn down by the crowds of Campania and Tuscany can find still release in the baroque splendour of Lecce, ‘Florence of the South’, or one of many lesser (but no less beautiful) Pugliese towns.
Villa Magia is located in the heart of Positano, at the highest point of the hill.
But still, it is one of the few villas which can be easily reached from the road, without having to climb endless stairs.
It is built along the famous San Giovanni steps: to reach the center of Positano, you just need to walk downhill.
The building is a beautiful and welcoming family villa which retains a refined style and atmosphere while offering the best hospitality traditions of southern Italy.
It is perfect both for an unforgettable symbolic ceremony and for a wedding reception served in one of the splendid interior rooms or on the large panoramic terrace overlooking the sea, breathtaking by day and night.
The civil ceremony can be celebrated in the Town Hall or in one of the beautiful beaches of Positano, while the religious wedding can be celebrated in the stunning Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
Villa Magia is complete with 5-star amenities like 2 panoramic pools, a heated pool with water games, a SPA, a home restaurant and a snack bar. It also offers a personal concierge, always available for assistance.
The restaurant of Villa Magia, “Luna”, is located in the main terrace and has a beautiful view over the Galli and Balena islands.
They use locally sourced ingredients, purchased directly from small farms or picked from the family garden. Herbs and flowers come from the Villa Magia grounds.
Many customizable menus are available, with the best Mediterranean and international dishes.
The Villa has 9 bright double rooms and 3 large and modern suites.
All boast a view over the sea and the rooftops of Positano and private balconies or terraces furnished with sunbeds and outdoor dining sets for breakfast.
Hope you liked Villa Magia, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Next week we’ll start with another Italian region, see you soon!
The second venue of the Amalfi Coast we want to talk about is Casa Privata Ca’ Pa’, an exclusive and intimate retreat located in Praiano.
Praiano is a picturesque and ancient seaside village located halfway between Amalfi and Positano, which is just 10 minutes away by car.
Casa Privata Ca’ Pa’ was built on an old ruin, home of a fisherman, that stood isolated amidst a wide-open space, slightly sloped towards the sea.
It is surrounded by a 5000 square meters garden designed by Jacques Wirtz, that is dotted with exotic plants and flowers and runs along the coast offering a unique view of the sea.
It is divided into 3 main elements: the formal garden which serves as an extension of the house on the first level of the property, the traditionally local garden with lemons, olives and pine trees, and the cliff side with its hardy garden where only the most resistant plants species have a chance of survival.
Casa Privata Ca’ Pa’ has a completely private seafront that can be accessed by a series of steps at the bottom of the garden.
There are several platforms with sun lounges, little tables, parasols, as well as a fresh water shower.
The property also includes a secluded pool that offers an extremely peaceful atmosphere. Surrounded by lemon trees, olive groves, aromatic lavender and rose bushes, it has an unobstructed view of the open sea and the coast.
Ca’ Pa’ has just 7 rooms: 4 double rooms and 3 suites.
In the main villa all of the spacious rooms are unique and have been individually created to reflect the authentic and simple Italian style. Modern furniture sits alongside hand-painted murals and some rooms are decorated with original frescoes on the high domed ceilings.
The garden suite is located two steps away from the main villa and has a private terrace leading directly onto the gardens of Ca’ P’a.
Every room at Ca’ P’a has a view to remember and their individual style gives guests the sense of staying at an exclusive, ancient country villa.
The refreshingly relaxed and intimate environment provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
Ca’ Pa’ can host up to 120 guests and offers the possibility to organize a unique wedding reception in the gazebo immersed in the greenery.
Here is a series of snapshots that perfectly captures the atmosphere of a wedding at Ca’ Pa’.
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Villa Scarpariello is an ancient aristocratic residence located in Marmorata di Ravello, probably one of the most panoramic towns of the Amalfi Coast.
The building is a stunning whitewashed castle dating back to 1500, perched on the sea. It extends from the panoramic road right up to the ocean.
This location is really like no other: as you arrive by boat and enter this charming manor, it really feels like being in a fairytale.
It hosts eleven sea view apartments and other suites, surrounded by lemon, fig and other fruit trees with scented gardens and many gorgeous terraces for lounging in the sun. The apartments have direct access to the sea from lounging decks.
A salt water swimming pool is nestled in the rocks, and there is a large well-equipped solarium area with a breathtaking panoramic view. You will also find a lovely lemon grove terrace where you can relax, read a book or enjoy a delicious selection of traditional dishes from the Amalfi Coast.
Strolling around the gardens, you can discover relaxing areas along the wonderful garden paths with precious antique statues and columns from various periods in history.
Villa Scarpariello is a classy residence that offers refined spaces and suggestive corners, ideal for celebrating religious and civil weddings in Marmorata di Ravello, one of the most fascinating seaside locations in Italy. Here it is a selection of some beautiful spots around the venue.
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Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi Coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real. It is the land where the sweet scents of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea. A vertical landscape, in short, characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the mountains and the sea.
If you are looking for a very romantic and exclusive location, a blend of Italian history and culture and unique nature, you can stop searching. You only have to decide which is your dreamy location. The Amalfi Coast offers lots of awesome ancient or modern villas, elegant hotels and amazing reception halls where you can definitely celebrate your wedding in the most romantic way.
Choosing to get married on the Amalfi Coast will surely give your wedding a very peculiar charm.
The Amalfi Coast for your wedding can offer many different moods, you can choose to get married in the gorgeous and ancient Amalfi, on a hill in Ravello in one of its historical villas, or maybe you can have a colorful Positano wedding among its hundreds of stairs.
So if you’re searching for the best wedding venues of the Amalfi Coast for a symbolic or religious ceremony, from private villas for intimate weddings to luxury venues for sumptuous parties , stay tuned for the next posts, you’ll surely find the Amalfi Coast wedding venue that will leave you breathless.
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Today we’ll talk about Villa Monastero, a stunning wedding venue on the eastern shore of lake Como owned by the province of Lecco.
It is one of the main historical, cultural and environmental sites of the area, and it is also a museum and a conference centre.
The name of this marvellous villa derives from its monastic origins as a convent dating back to the 12th century. From 1500 onwards, after the convent was dissolved, it was owned by various Italian noble families. During the centuries it became an international cultural and scientific center and in 2003 it was declared as a protected museum.
It can be admired today in its present aspect of a late nineteenth century eclectic home.
There is also a world-famous Congress Centre in this historic home, renowned for the physics lessons held in 1954 by the Nobel prize-winner Enrico Fermi. The Italian Physics Society still organizes courses in Villa Monastero every year, and along the years more than 60 Nobel Prize Winners partecipated as lecturers or directors.
The villa stands in a magnificent park where citrus, cypresses, pine trees and agaves grow and stretches over for 2 kilometers along the lake from Varenna to Fiumelatte.
Statues and bas-reliefs can be admired along the paths among the numerous Mediterranean and tropical plants.
The Garden attracts about 100.000 visitors every year, thanks to the presence of numerous rare species of indigenous and exotic trees which now remarkably number more than 900 specimens, earning it the regional recognition of Botanical Garden.
The richness of the interior of the Villa and the exterior of the Botanical Garden will offer you the most suitable setting for an unforgettable ceremony.
The Garden is also a perfect location for photoshoots.
Here are some wedding moments, captured in the most beautiful corners of Villa Monastero.
Photo credits: Fotorotastudio
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Here is a brief introduction of Villa Pizzo, one of the most romantic and suggestive wedding venues of the Lake Como area.
Villa Pizzo was built between the charming villages of Cernobbio and Moltrasio. It dates back to 1435, when Giovanni Muggiasca, a merchant of Como, acquired a vast land that was rich in vineyards and olive groves, not far from town, stretching from the shore of the lake till the peak of the hills, crossing Via Regina, the main road serving the entire Lake Como.
Its pink and sun-bleached peach facade make it one of the prettiest villas in the area. This is why it was often chosen by Hollywood’s couples for their dream wedding.
The residence of Villa Pizzo is known for its elegance and the particularly romantic panorama that can be enjoyed from its unique terrace facing the lake. From here, in fact, it is possible to admire a large part of Lake Como from a privileged position. It is an ideal venue to host wedding receptions with many guests, up to 200.
Even inside, the villa has several large halls, frescoed and decorated in Neoclassical style, perfect for beautiful banquets. It is also possible to stay overnight in the villa, which has suites, rooms and some private apartments.
It is surrounded by a vast Italian-style garden, with cypress boulevards, baroque fountains, paths flanked by flower beds, hedges and statues.
There is also an even larger park, dotted with every kind of exotic plants, and a “Cypress’ Avenue” which ends in an artificial cave with water.
Another botanical jewel of Villa Pizzo is the ancient greenhouse, for the cultivation of spices and citrus. When lit up at night, it really is a fascinating sight.
Villa Pizzo retains the charm of a house full of tradition surrounded by a beautiful garden on the banks of a lake of disarming beauty; a rare and precious jewel which offers an ideal setting for a wedding characterized by sophistication and relaxation.