Destination weddings in Matera, the magical ancient city - Studio d'Essai

Destination weddings in Matera, the magical ancient city

16 February 2021

Every wedding has its flavour, its atmosphere. Brides and grooms infuse their special day with their own unique style. A destination wedding mixes the thrill of a trip with the happiness of realising your dreams.
Imagine having the wedding cake you have ever wanted, and now imagine that, inside, you will find a plane ticket to the city you have ever wanted to visit and get married in.

Italy has no shortage of stunning places. One of the most iconic cities in the peninsula is definitely Matera, in the region of Basilicata. If you are reading this article, you have probably already heard or read this name somewhere, and you also know that choosing the right place plays a major role in planning the perfect wedding.

This gem of the south has earned its rightful title of European Capital of Culture for the year 2019 and is at the top of every list in every specialised blog on fancy weddings, and it is easy to see why. In Matera it is possible to admire some of the most ravishing landscapes, ancient ruins, incredible venues and locations for your wedding. Its vibrant beauty is legendary, and, last but not least, it looks amazing as a setting for stylish wedding photographs and videos. No wonders Mel Gibson chose it as the main set for his oscar nominee film The Passion of the Christ.

Matera has always been revered by tourists and couples in love from all around the world. It is mainly because of its incredible position, on the border between the two regions of Basilicata and Puglia, where you have both mountains and beaches, and where the incredible trulli of Alberobello are just a short drive away.

Many famous Italian wedding videographers and photographers such as Studio D’Essai have had the pleasure to immortalise the extraordinary moments when couples, both local and foreign, tie the knot, in this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A destination wedding here will revolutionise the way you think about your big day: a location like Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, the most romantic and evocative place in the city, is an exclusive venue in the area of the majestic and world-famous Sassi. There you can celebrate your union on the terrace overlooking the city. Picture yourself having your photographs and videos taken while you and your guests toast to your love, taste the best food you can imagine, soak up the culture and enjoy sceneries that stood the test of time.

And what about a small church with a view for your religious rite? In Matera, all you have to do is unleash your imagination and let your heart guide you.

Matera will prove to be glamorous and incredible, warm and extravagant, innovative and infused by tradition. You will visit incredible wonders, recognizable places where movies such as Wonder Woman and James Bond were filmed. You will also have the chance to enjoy the musicality of the local dialect, one of the most beautiful in Italy, and you will be entirely won over by the mouth watering flavours of Italian cuisine. Do yourself a favour and try the unique kind of bread that is only baked in Matera, along with a number of world-famous dishes like orecchiette and peperone crusco. The world will stop for you and your lover only. With your personal touch you will turn your destination wedding into an unrepeatable experience.

Matera is an ancient city, one of the first settlements in Italy, and herein lies its incredible charm. Years from now, you will probably want to come back for your silver wedding anniversary and find everything the same way you left it, the same street and sceneries you revisited over and over in your wedding film, and feel the same unforgettable feelings as if it were the first time.

The motto of the city is “open future”, and there is no better wish for a couple about to start a life together.

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