Good news for the many who are looking for a stunning place to celebrate their wedding. Italy, one of the most sought after destinations to celebrate in style, will allow people to tie the knot in a museum.
Despite some doubts raised by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and the opposition of Pope Francis, that in 2014 shouted against churches’ price lists, soon it will be possible to celebrate a civil rite in Paestum, Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli in Florence, Reggia of Caserta and many other places full of history and beauty.
Weddings in Italy, thanks to its romantic setting, are already very popular among foreigners and Italians alike, and many of them, instead of choosing one of the rooms of the town hall (for the ones who opt for a non-religious wedding) a museum is already an interesting possibility.
Maschio Angioino in Naples, Museo Bardini in Florence, Circo Massimo in Rome already offer their spaces for a fee, which goes from 250 to 15,000 euros (Circo Massimo being the most expensive one) for an hour or less. In some cases, if the ceremony has to take place in out of office hours, the price goes up. Football fans can wed their other half inside the Olympic stadium in Rome and the Christ of the Abyss, a submerged statue at 17 metres depth in the Mediterraneas sea, near Portofino, has already seen the weddings of several keen divers.
Purists looks at the idea like a sacrilege: works of art should be admired, not used as a setting for staged photographs with groom and bride. But for the museums, whose tickets sale is always low, it’s a way of rounding up their income.
The minister of culture Dario Franceschini said he’s dubious about the decision of museum’s directors to open up to private ceremonies, but he will respect it.
So far is Venice the most requested place for a wedding. If you want to tie the knot at Ca’ Farsetti, the city’s town hall, you have to join a long waiting list. The price goes from 400 euros for the Venetian to 5,000 for the non-EU citizens. Sadly they don’t offer anymore the streaming of the ceremony worldwide, for the benefit of oversea relatives and friends. St. Mark’s Basilica, on the other hand, is out of the question. No money can buy it.