Venue in Santa Maria di Castellabate
This 17th century castle is two hours south of Naples and just south of the Amalfi Coast, lying in an idyllic location recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The castle was originally used as a hunting lodge by the Prince’s ancestors, in the days when the Kings of Spain and the Two Sicilies came to hunt boar and quail on the surrounding estate.
There is a timeless and dreamlike quality to this castle, as it combines understated modern comfort and elegance with the atmosphere and spirit of a private home. The castle, with its five acres of gardens, enjoys an elevated position above a glorious sandy beach. From the higher level of the gardens there are fantastic views over the sea, while mature trees, including pines and palms, provide shaded paths to the open air restaurant, as well as secluded spots for a quiet read or a siesta.
The building offers spacious suites and rooms of varied size and character. Romantic sea-view rooms with balconies, or two bedroom apartments, or high-vaulted rooms with a mezzanine level giving a unique sense of space: all offer comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy the calm of the South. The castle’s style unites simple colors with relaxed sea-side elegance, while carefully chosen antiques complement the light and airy rooms.
On the same property there are a big house and two private villas. Guests can enjoy the privacy of the surrounding gardens and are a short walk from the pool, the beach, the restaurant and the main building. Meanwhile, at the Belvedere Restaurant, everyone can enjoy a special gourmet dinner in the evening with a truly romantic atmosphere.
The entire castle can be reserved with sufficient notice or, if you are planning a smaller event, certain areas of the castle and the gardens can be set aside for private use. Romantic ceremonies, religious or civil, can be celebrated in the family chapel, outdoors in the flower-filled courtyard or in the gardens. A beach wedding, or a service on the islet of Licosa with its lighthouse, are possible alternatives for a celebration.