Weddings in Italy: the beautiful Scopello
That's me just back from a lovely holiday in #Sicily and here I am writing about it because I came back VERY inspired. Despite being specialized in B2B and corporate events, as a hopeless romantic, I do have a soft-spot for #weddings which is what we are going to talk about today. More specifically: weddings in #Scopello.
Scopello is a little village on the North-West coast of Sicily about 45 min by car from Palermo and its airport. It's an enchanting place with a lovely little piazza where you can find plenty of bars and restaurants and delightful little shops.
Below the village sits the tonnara which historically was the place where tuna was fished and stored. The tonnara and its surroundings have featured in several films in recent years, including Ocean's Twelve (with Brad Pitt and George Clooney) and Inspector Montalbano.
Scopello's coastline is rocky, craggy and dramatic. If you enjoy hiking, then you need to walk the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro (Zingaro's Natural Reserve): after walking for about 8km you'll reach the Cala dell'Uzzo, one of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see. Well worth the long walk, just remember to bring a lot of water with you.
Anyway, back to our main topic: weddings!
Scopello and surroundings are one of the most romantic places I have ever been to and there is plenty of choice with regards to the ceremony location, photo locations, and reception venues.
Let's go by order:
The Tonnara: as mentioned above the Tonnara was used as a movie set several times. It's privately owned and at the time of my holiday, it was closed to the public (unless you reach the beach by boat – which I did not). However according to the information I collected from the locals, the Tonnara is available for hire for events and weddings, and it also offers some accommodation.
The Chiesa Giardino di Scopello: literally the garden-church. It's an outdoors church with stunning sea views and surrounded by beautiful vegetation. If you are after a religious ceremony, I can't think of anything more memorable.
The Torre di Scopello which is located above the Tonnara on top of one of the Faraglioni (cliffs). It has stunning views, offers a few holiday villas on the grounds, but most importantly there are several outdoor areas that you can use for your drinks reception and evening meal.
Ristorante La Terrazza: this is a restaurant located in the centre of the village. To be honest, the food is not amazing, but the terraced gardens with sea views are breath-taking. If your guests are not too fussy about fine dining, then this place is absolutely lovely. A stunning backdrop for your reception and wedding photos.
Last but not least, in regard to accommodation for yourselves and your guests, Scopello offers a large variety of nice hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes. If you are not a fan of rocky beaches, then with a 15min drive you can reach the sandy beaches of Castellammare del Golfo; and in 50 minutes you reach the beautiful San Vito Lo Capo, one of the most popular resorts in Italy.
Just a final little piece of advice before I go: it's not a secret to anyone that Scopello is so lovely, so if you – like me – prefer to be the only #Bride of the day, then I'd suggest you book your wedding here in May or September, or even October, as during the summer they can have up to 20 weddings a week! On the Wednesday night, while I was there, I saw 3 wedding parties walking around the village.
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