(all-new updated guide for 2024)
Have you dreamed of how to elope the Dolomites – one of the most picturesque locations in the world?The Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in northern Italy, offer the perfect backdrop for your elopement (also known as Dolomiti, pronounced Doe-lo-me-tea). In this guide, we will explore the essentials of eloping in the Dolomites, including places to stay, must-see attractions, weather considerations, how to travel there, budget estimates, and essential tips for traveling in Italy. Plus, we’ll delve into the legal process for getting married in Italy as an American citizen.
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The Dolomites are stunning year-round. From epic lakes in the Summer and Fall to snow covered mountains in the winter, it’s hard to pick just one date out of the entire year. Summer (June to September) offers warm weather and lush green landscapes, while winter (December to February) transforms the region into a snow-covered mountain escape. Spring and Fall are typically less crowded, with fewer tourists. Keep in mind: if you choose a winter or early spring month, the higher-elevation areas will be inaccessible due to snow (such as Tre Cime – pronounced Tray Cheeemie).
For how to elope in the Dolomites and to legally marry in Italy as an American citizen, you’ll need to navigate some paperwork and follow these steps:
Fly into Venice: Venice Marco Polo Airport is the most convenient international airport to the Dolomites. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus ride reach your chosen location. Driving will be the best way to access multiple spots throughout your stay! Don’t be intimidating by driving in Europe – the drive between Venice and the Dolomites is VERY easy and doable as an American. Just be sure to get your $20 International Drivers License before you go! Most cars in Europe are manual transmission, so be sure to pay attention to that when reserving your vehicle if you’d rather drive an automatic.
Depending on where you want to elope in the Dolomites, there are a variety of ski lifts and easily accessible areas as well as some areas that require a bit more of a hike.
The Dolomites have everything from fancy resorts to mountain cabins and camp-style Airbnbs. There is no one single perfect place to stay due to the large number of accommodations and areas to stay. Figuring out where you want to elope and how you want to spend your time will largely determine what area will be best for lodging! Here’s a few areas we recommend checking out:
The Italian Dolomites are known for their incredible views, so anything that involves being outside and taking in the scenery is going to be the main attractions of this area. Depending on the time of year, skiing is also a great activity for couples that plan on staying a few days! There’s a ton of trails to check out, lakes where you can rent a canoe to paddle around and beautiful walks through the surrounding towns (check out this Italy elopement to see a gorgeous lake in the area).
Here’s a few iconic spots to explore and consider for your elopement, just to name a few:
Eloping in the Dolomites can be surprisingly affordable compared to traditional weddings. Here’s a rough estimate:
Eloping in the Dolomites offers a unique and unforgettable wedding experience. With planning, respect for local customs, and adherence to legal requirements, your Italian elopement will be epic and memorable.