Stop! Don’t Schedule Your Tuscan Wedding Until After You Read This …
If you are considering having a Tuscan wedding this may be the most important article you read today.
The truth is beautiful Tuscany may no longer be the ideal spot to get married in Italy – keep reading to learn more.
For years, couples have flocked to Tuscany in Central Italy to get married amid the region’s Renaissance art and architecture, which include Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica.
The region is also known for having a diverse landscape that includes the Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and the olive groves and vineyards in Chianti.
It certainly is a beautiful area with lots of history. But is it ideal for getting married?
More and more couples are reporting that it is not – for one major reason:
The number of tourists who flock to the area.
Like it or not, Tuscany wedding is now a major tourist destination and with that status comes everything that you commonly associate with tourists – like large crowds, long lines, scarce resources and high costs.
Should I Get Married in Tuscany?
The short answer is only if you are OK dealing with crowds. The longer answer is if you visit Tuscany for your Tuscan wedding you can count on all of the following:
- Difficulty finding lodging and transportation
- Dealing with long lines at all the major attractions
- Difficulty securing restaurant reservations
- Crowds everywhere you go
- And more
If you travel to Tuscany to get married plan on bringing your patience for your Tuscan Wedding… or the whole journey could dissolve into a lot of stress and arguments – both between the bride and groom and between the “happy” couple and the area’s swarming tourists.
So if Tuscany has been overrun by tourists and is no longer the best spot for quiet, romantic trips and destination weddings, where should couples looking to get married turn?
They Should Look South
Located at the bottom of this great country in Italy’s “bootheel” is an area known as “Italy’s Undiscovered Coast.”
We’re referring to Puglia and it is an area that is filled with ancient olive groves, breathtaking beaches and whitewashed villages – all perfect locations for a wedding.
In fact, romance practically drips from this area, and couples who visit most often can’t wait to return. The area offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and friendly residents.
Visitors can journey down roads that wind through the scenic countryside. They can visit villages with Trulli that look like they were created for a movie set and can’t possibly be real.
Couples can visit hundreds of miles of coastline that includes white pebble beaches and stunning cliffs and vistas.
Couples can walk through scenic villages and interact with real Italians who are both friendly and knowledgeable.
In Puglia, it’s hard to decide what area is the most beautiful. As soon as you fall in love with one village or country location or seaside spot you soon come across something even more beautiful just down the road.
The beauty is so breath-taking that many travelers have been known to come to the area, get a car and just drive with no set route, confident that they will come across something truly amazing – and they almost always do.
What Does a Destination Wedding in Puglia Look Like?
The truth is a destination wedding in Puglia can look however the bride and groom want it to look. They can choose from castles and luxury homes, from beaches to cliffs overlooking the sea. They can get married in a village or on a farm in the country.
Puglia offers couples choices, lots and lots of choices.
In fact, if the area has any drawback whatsoever, it is that it contains a wide variety of locations that are suitable for a dream wedding and it can be hard to decide between them.
One way to avoid this pitfall and ensure a perfect wedding is to hire one of the region’s professional wedding planners.
And not just any planner – but one that is intimately familiar with the area and can ensure the couple gets the location of their dreams.
For example, Princess Apulia specializes in turning wedding dreams into reality and has connections with the area’s best venues and vendors so that couples can have a wedding that is as beautiful and meaningful as they envisioned it.
Too often, couples will rush to hire a wedding planner and end up choosing someone who is not qualified to deliver the type of wedding they have their hearts set on.
This can be a big mistake the leads to major disappointment and hurt feelings. Couples, particularly those planning on traveling to Puglia, should take their time and study wedding planners’ websites and reviews to ensure they pick someone that can ensure their wedding is memorable for all the right reasons.
For example, il Team doesn’t just have connections with all the best vendors and most scenic venues in Puglia but she also has unique decorating skills and is dedicated to ensuring the happiness of the couple getting married.
This is important in an area like Puglia where there is so much beauty and so many wedding options to choose from.
From deciding where to get married – on the beach, on a boat, in a seaside village, in a castle in the country, on a horse farm amidst the lush countryside – to deciding where to stay and what to have for a wedding meal, Princess Apulia has the experience and knowledge to simplify the decision and ensure a bride and groom get what they want without any stress and uncertainty.
Areas in Puglia to Get Married
When it comes to beautiful areas to get married, Tuscany certainly has nothing on Puglia. Here are the top 8 most beautiful places in Puglia, according to charmingpuglia.com:
1) Monopoli and Castellana Caves
Monopoli is a small Apulia town that is known for its natural beauty. The town has 19 medieval churches and numerous cobblestone alleys.
2) Bari – The old town and Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve
Bari is the capital of Puglia. It is a bustling town with a busy port. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and boasts “great architecture, stunning churches, a nice seaside promenade and a very interesting historic center with narrow, winding streets and a castle on one side.”
3) Salento Peninsula
Located in the southern part of Puglia, Salento has many small, charming towns and some of the best beaches in Puglia.
4) Gargano Promontory and Vieste
This the spur on Italy’s boot. It juts into the Adriatic Sea and has golden sandy beaches and many small historical towns.
5) Alberobello – The Trulli Town
This town is populated with Trulli – the small limestone houses with conical roofs that are truly eye-catching.
6) Lecce – The gem of the Salento peninsula
This town is often called the “Florence of the South.” It is charming and largely free of the tourist crowds that flock to Tuscany!
7) Itria Valley
This fertile valley is located in the heart of Puglia and features lush vegetation and lots of olive groves.
8) Ostuni – The white city
This picturesque town has low houses and narrow streets built from limestone rock.
Any of these locations would make a great place for a wedding and with Princess Apulia’s help you can find the best one for you with no anxiety.
Remember, one of the best things about Puglia is that it is “Italy’s undiscovered coast.” That means you can enjoy the natural beauty of the region without having to deal with massive crowds of tourists.
That also means you won’t have to pay expensive “tourist prices” and you won’t have to compete for dining reservations or make lodging requests years in advance.
Puglia has put the romance back into the Italian destination wedding – just be warned that couples who visit the area typically end up wanting to come back again and again.
For example, one couple visited the area 15 years ago when they were first dating and they were so impressed with the area that when they decided to get married there was only one location that would do – Puglia.
That couple had the wedding of their dreams in a beautiful building with a large glass wall looking out over the sea.
It was a true dream come true – a dream that was brought to fruition by Elena who arranged the perfect accommodations, the perfect venue, the perfect decorations, and the perfect meal for the couple.
That couple had a small intimate destination wedding in Puglia but one of the great things about this area is that it is just as good for small weddings as it is for large.
It doesn’t matter what size of destination wedding you plan or if you are “eloping” Puglia is sure to have everything you need – and unlike in Tuscany you won’t have to stand in long lines and compete with tourists for seats in a restaurant or transportation.
The Bottom Line:
Of course, Tuscany is a beautiful area that is filled with lots of history. But due to an influx of tourists it has really become a destination that is more suited for a vacation or a school trip.
Couples looking to stage a romantic event may find that the number of tourists in the area leads to extra stress and puts unreasonable demands on their planning.
For example, you may have to plan your wedding many months, even years, in advance to ensure you get the locations you want – and even then you will still be left to deal with transportation shortages and dining restrictions.
On the other hand, Puglia offers all of the scenic beauty of Tuscany and then some – including hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline – without the large tourist crowds.
Plus, Puglia is known for its great weather – weather that will warm you and brighten your mood.
For all these reasons, if you are wanting to have a destination wedding that is memorable for you and your spouse and that impresses your guests, we believe Puglia is a perfect choice.
Just remember, to maximize all that the area offers you need great wedding planners – like we!
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