The southern coast of Liguria is one of my favourite places not only because it is absolutely breathtaking but I have have fond memories of my own fairytale wedding that took place in the beautiful church of San Pietro overlooking the Bay of Poets. That’s me (albeit 10 years ago) with my prince charming and the church in the background. Not too shabby eh?
Although there are many churches and many castles for holding a legal ceremony along the Ligurian Riviera, I will focus on the magical place of Portovenere with its spectacular views of the “Bay of Poets”.
The Bay of Poets
The gulf of La Spezia is referred to as the Bay of Poets simply because the area attracted many great poets like Shelley and Lord Byron. The sheer beauty of the rocky coast and crystal waters makes it one of the most beautiful backdrops for weddings. Below is “Grotta di Byron” named after the poet Goerge Gordon Byron who was inspired by the beauty.
I love this quaint fishing town with tall colourful houses lining the coast and many seafood restaurants. Although there is a small sand beach suggested for children, be prepared to jump into the crystal waters from the rocky coast. Take a stroll inside the “Caruggio” where there are many small boutiques and do not forget to walk all the way to the castle for some spectacular views.
This castle is perched on the hilltop with views of the San Pietro church, the entire village of Portovenere and the Mediterranean sea. You can hold a civil wedding ceremony of the outdoor terrace of the castle. Just breathtaking!
Chiesa di San Pietro (Saint Peter’s church)
This 12th century church is perched on a rocky hill with 360 degrees views of the mediterranean sea. I will let the pictures speak for themselves…..but can you imagine celebrating a catholic ceremony here?
One of the great things about Portovenere is that it is close to Pisa International airport and very well connected by boat to visiting other charming villages in the area – Lerici, Cinque Terre, Portofino to name just a few.
Let the dream begin…………