Home Tourism This Italian destination will pay your wedding bills

This Italian destination will pay your wedding bills

Lazio will pay couples $2,200 of expenses if they marry in the region -- and that includes in Rome.

(CNN) — So you’ve always wanted a destination wedding. Italy, maybe. In the Eternal City, perhaps. Or one of those hilltop towns — think of the wedding photos! There’s just one problem — weddings are expensive at the best of times, destination weddings involve even more expense, and these aren’t the best of times.
Step forward Lazio, Italy’s capital region. A new campaign designed to drum up economy-stimulating weddings post-pandemic is offering grants to couples getting married in the region, of up to €2,000 ($2,200) per couple.
Wedding processions wouldn't get more dramatic than at Civita di Bagnoregio.

Wedding processions wouldn’t get more dramatic than at Civita di Bagnoregio.
Bernard Bialorucki/Art Media Factory/Adobe Stock
The campaign, Nel Lazio Con Amore (In Lazio with Love), has earmarked €10 million ($11 million) of Covid recovery funds to go to couples planning weddings or civil unions to take place in Lazio in 2022. If your claim is successful, you can use your grant towards expenses like flowers, outfits or rings for the spouses, on-the-day services such as hair and makeup, photos, as well as to major things like venue hire or catering (the latter carries a maximum of €700, or $770).
Got all that covered? You can even put a maximum of €700 towards a honeymoon. The only catch with all these categories: the money must be spent with Lazio-based firms.
So where are you thinking? There’s Rome, of course — where better to commit for life than in the Eternal City? That’s what Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty did.
Lake Bracciano, just north of Rome, was good enough for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, though Lake Bolsena, further north, is better known. If you’re wanting a tiny, photogenic village, there’s Civita di Bagnoregio, so beautiful that it gets away with charging visitors an entry fee.
Get married near an Etruscan necropolis at Cerveteri if you're of a gothic bent.

Get married near an Etruscan necropolis at Cerveteri if you’re of a gothic bent.
francescodemarco/Adobe Stock
For those of a slightly gothic bent, you could pledge your troth at Cerveteri or Tarquinia — both known for their especially joyful Etruscan (pre-Roman) tombs.
Or if you’re after something catholic, you can’t do better than former city of popes, Viterbo.
Small print? Of course, but it’s not bad. All the payments have to have been made between 14 December 2021 and 31 January 2023, and they must be in-person, traceable payments, not done online. You must present a “fattura” (tax-official invoice) that specifies it’s for wedding services, as well as proof of payment. You can, of course, spend more than €2,000 — but that’s the maximum you’ll get back.
Viterbo, also in Lazio, is a former papal city.

Viterbo, also in Lazio, is a former papal city.
ValerioMei/Adobe Stock
Applications are welcome from foreigners as well as Italians, though they don’t make it easy — the website and application form are both in Italian. You’ll have to upload your forms on the website but hurry — once the €10 million have been doled out, you’re out of luck.
See also  What tests and jabs do I need to travel abroad this Christmas?
See also  The 'happiest' places in the world to live - did the UK rank in the top 10?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Pensioners in UK urged to claim £3,000 DWP benefit as cost of living crisis continues to bite

No one can escape rising prices but one group that will be significantly worse off is pensioners. They could lose £1,500 over the next...

Xi loses patience with Putin as China pulls plug on £380m deal in blow to Russian economy

The decision will come as a huge blow to the Russian President, who had been counting on Beijing's assistance in overcoming Western sanctions. China's president has...
video

Disney’s Lightyear trailer has more story info

 Disney and Pixar's new trailer for Lightyear has shed some more light on the mysterious Toy Story spin-off movie.Marvel's Chris Evans puts on the spacesuit in this all-new feature film...
video

Biden denies calling for regime change in Russia a day after saying Putin ‘cannot remain in power’

US President Joe Biden has denied that he was calling for regime change when he said that Russia's president Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in...
video

UK ceramist fired up for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

In his ceramics workshop, Simon Willis proudly displays the crockery set he has created for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, dreaming it will end...