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Getting Married on the Italian Riviera
Have you ever thought about getting married in Italy? Have you ever wondered how special your marriage could be if celebrated in Portofino, Sanremo or Porto Venere? If your answer is "yes" read this article, your dream may come true...
And what about getting married in Porto Venere or Sanremo? Should you opt for another Ligurian sea town, your wedding can be organized in the magnificent Doria Castle (Porto Venere) or right in the lovely Villa Nobel (Sanremo), where Alfred Nobel spent the last 5 years of his life ... Whatever solution you choose, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sophisticated Italian style and Italian wedding planners will be happy to assist you in choosing the perfect place, the perfect flowers, the perfect music.
Portofino: according to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was originally named Portus Delphini, because of a large population of dolphins that lived in the Tigullian Gulf; very well-known for its extraordinary balance between urban development and natural environment, it has always been attracting visitors from all over the world. This little ancient fishing village is undoubtedly a great place to get married and the Brown Castle – now transformed into a comfortable villa – is a fortress of incomparable beauty, it's no coincidence that Australian-born British novelist Elizabeth von Arnim moved here in 1922 to write her book Enchanted April.
Porto Venere: the ancient Portus Veneris lies at the end of a peninsula that forms the western shore of the Gulf of Poets and is believed to date back to the middle of the 1st century B.C.; the name probably refers to a temple dedicated to Venus, located where the Gothic Church of St. Peter now stands. In 1822, English poet Lord Byron swam from the Arpaia Grotto across the Gulf to meet his dear friend Percy Bysshe Shelley in Lerici; the exact place where this grotto stood is called today Byron's Grotto and is truly a corner of heaven, perfect to immortalize the most romantic day of your life. The imposing Doria Castle overlooks the Grotto, high on top of a rocky promontory.
Sanremo: Sanremo is famous throughout the world mainly for its beautiful gardens rich in colorful flowers and its city parks embellished with tropical plants; since the 19th century it has been a popular vacation retreat for royal families, aristocrats, politicians and very well-known artists. Villa Nobel – one of the two venues that can host your marriage – was bought by the inventor of dynamite in 1891 and has a large beautiful park with palm trees, flower beds and an orange grove; the other – Villa Zirio – stands close to the botanic garden and is immersed in a wonderful park.
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