Seductive Italy — Spotlight on Campania & Puglia

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In Campania, you’ll find the coastal town of Vico Equense, home to the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata.

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Italy seduces all of our senses. It’s a destination whose storied history, cultural magnificence, divine gastronomy, stunning landscapes and passionate character leave visitors awe-struck. No wonder Italy consistently ranks as the number-one destination in Europe among U.S. travelers. What’s not to love?

And speaking of love, Italy offers a treasure trove of offerings to inspire romance, whether your clients are looking for a romantic getaway, the most idyllic spot for a proposal, a flirtatious honeymoon or a glittery destination wedding.

Here are a couple of destinations in Italy that speak perfectly to those clients looking for that just-the-right place to make their hearts flutter.

Campania—Your Wildest Dreams
Southwest Italy is home to one of the country’s most bewitching regions—Campania. It’s here where one finds the bring-you-to-your-knees Amalfi Coast as well as a host of other strikingly beautiful areas. It’s a place where the sun and the sea melt away the stress, and where the landscapes are intoxicating.

Couples that come here seeking romance to bloom will find it in all its hidden corners. Perhaps in the coastal town of Vico Equense, a small village that’s home to the Church of Santa Maria Annunziata, said by many to be one of the most romantic and beautiful places to get married. From its courtyard, couples will enjoy a wonderful view of Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. Another small town, Sant’Agnello is home to the 18th-century Villa Il Pizzo, where couples can celebrate a vow renewal with their closest family and friends as they sip limoncello under a canopy of lemon trees, or nibble on appetizers as the sun sets and eyes drift over the gulf. Couples who yearn for a holiday or honeymoon wrapped in history will want to while away an afternoon strolling through Pompeii, or maybe they have their eyes set on the charming island of Capri…or perhaps they want to delve farther off the beaten path and head to the enchanting village of Furore, where homes are sprinkled across rocky cliffs and lost beaches are made for popping the question.

Piazza Duomo in Lecce, Puglia.

Puglia—A Slower Pace
In Italy’s southeastern region you’ll find Puglia, renowned for its decadent destination weddings for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Willem Dafoe and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It’s here one finds a gentler pace of life, and where the iconic masserie take center stage when it comes to tying the knot. Recommend your destination wedding couples opt for this style of memorable venue, complete with alfresco dining (think a lavish antipasto buffet with freshly made mozzarella and local cold cuts), beautiful country-chic backdrops, and, of course, plenty of music (perhaps traditional Pugliese folk music) and dance.

The area is so enchanting, couples will want to spend their honeymoon here as well—that could mean a dreamy beachside holiday (think Gallipoli, with its ancient buildings), a curated city break (recommend Lecce for culture aficionados), a regional road trip or an adrenalin-soaked active vacation. For those who have their heart set on proposing along the shoreline, recommend Zagare Bay, with its emerald-green waters and filled with the fragrance of the nearby orange blossoms. And those who come back to Italy to renew their vows or to celebrate a milestone anniversary, should recharge their love while cycling on myriad bike paths that crisscross trullo, olive groves and delightful villages.

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Looking for inspiration beyond Campagnia and Puglia? Check out Intoxicating Italy — Spotlight on Venice & South Tyrol and When in Rome, Fall in Love.