Elopement in Italy : why you should consider Garda Lake as your wedding destination

Elopement, or intimate weddings, are becoming increasingly popular among couples seeking a stress-free and intimate wedding experience. If you’re planning an elopement in Italy and looking for a magical destination, you should definitely consider the stunning Lake Garda. As wedding photographer since 2012, in this article I will guide you through captivating locations of Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Salò, Riva del Garda, and Sirmione, and discover why Lake Garda is the perfect choice for your elopement in Italy.

Elopement in Italy _ Garda Lake Malcesine


Located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, Malcesine is a charming and romantic medieval town. Its Scaliger Castle provides a breathtaking backdrop for an intimate ceremony, while its cobbled streets and picturesque views offer numerous opportunities for capturing unforgettable photographs. The timeless beauty and romantic atmosphere of Malcesine make it an ideal location for a captivating and enchanting elopement.

Elopement in Italy Garda Lake Malcesine
Emelie and Lucas from Sweden – planned by Italienska Brollop
Rene and Nadine from Germany – planned by Creative wedding de

Best for you if you like getting lost between history and Italian mood.

Torri del Benaco

Situated on the eastern shore of the lake, Torri del Benaco is a small town characterized by a charming historic center and an ancient castle. The picturesque alleyways and romantic lakeside create a magical ambiance, perfect for you photos. The tranquil beaches and panoramic lake views make Torri del Benaco a unique setting for exchanging vows against a spectacular backdrop.
You can easily get married there in the ancient limonaia castle with an officiant from the Town Hall.

Elopement in Italy : couple in Limonaia of Torri del Benaco
Hannes and Claudia from Austria – planned by Creative wedding de
Elopement in Italy :couple on the tower of Torri del Benaco
Elopement in Italy on Garda Lake : bride walking in Limonaia of Torri del Benaco

Perfect for you if you like cozy little Italian town with Lake side views.


Located on the western shore of Lake Garda, Salò is one of the most elegant and sophisticated destinations in the region. With its stylish lakeside promenade, well-manicured gardens, and historic buildings, Salò offers a refined setting for a sophisticated elopement. Its charming streets and rich cultural history provide countless opportunities for capturing extraordinary photographs, ensuring that your elopement becomes an unforgettable experience.

Elopement in Italy :ceremony in Salò
Matthias and Anna from Germany – planned by Creative wedding de

Perfect for you if you like refined and elegant enviroment vibes.

Riva del Garda

Situated on the northern tip of Lake Garda, Riva del Garda is surrounded by spectacular mountains and offers a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere. With its lovely beaches and crystal-clear waters, Riva del Garda provides the perfect backdrop for an adventurous elopement. Outdoor activities such as windsurfing and rock climbing can add a touch of excitement to your lakeside elopement. Riva del Garda is also konw for its wind that always caress it in every season.

Elopement in Italy : bride in Riva del Garda Garda Lake

Perfect for you if you like adventures and raw backdrop.


Located on the southern shore of the lake, Sirmione is famous for its breathtaking beauty and thermal waters. The town is dominated by its Scaliger Castle and the renowned Grotte di Catullo, creating a unique and romantic atmosphere. Its sandy beaches and picturesque streets offer many opportunities for capturing romantic and memorable photographs.

Elopement in Italy : bride and groom in SIrmione Garda Lake
See more about Matthew and Jessica’s wedding here.

Perfect for you if you are looking for charming ancient ruins enclosed in historical walls.

Lake Garda is an extraordinary destination for an unforgettable elopement in Italy. Its different locations offer breathtaking landscapes and unique atmospheres. Whether you prefer a medieval town, a charming village, an elegant resort, an adventurous experience, or a thermal setting, Lake Garda has it all. Choosing one of these enchanting locations for your elopement on Lake Garda will ensure an intimate and unforgettable wedding, surrounded by the timeless beauty of this Italian region.

How do you imagine your wedding day? Let me know in the comments below!

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