On even a quick visit, it’s easy to see why Rome is the city that gave rise to the phrase “Latin Lover.” It is a city of artistic masterpieces, beautiful architecture, and historical power. Filled with incredible, awe-inspiring churches, it feels like wedding bells should be tolling all throughout the city -- indeed, it is no coincidence that very name of Rome begins the word “romance!”
Rome was once the most powerful empire in the world. As lovers walk along the surreal streets, tossing coins into the many fountains, you can observe old-world urban beauty as far as your eye can see. The many churches in Rome attract the bride and groom who want the ultimate wedding, surrounded by a world of ancient wonder and endless artistic beauty. Aside from being breathtaking, history buffs who admire the raw beauty, ingenious design, and historical potency of Roman churches will be awe-inspired in a whole other set of ways.
Rome is known as “The Eternal City,” and that's because it’s the perfect place to celebrate the eternal love of marriage with your soulmate. Saying “I do” in one of Rome’s legendary chapels is truly the wedding experience of a lifetime. Below are some of our favorite ones for couples to tie the knot!
St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica is probably the most famous, and most dramatic, church in the entire world. It's a central feature of Vatican City, and is the papal enclave for the head of the Catholic Church, the Pope. This is the largest church in the entire world, and is truly a wonder to behold. Construction began in 1506. The architects were:
- Gian Lorenzo Bernini
While St. Peter’s Basilica is not the “Mother Church” of Roman Catholocism, it is considered to be the holiest church in Rome. St. Peter’s Basilica features incredible works of art sprawling across all the ceiling’s crevices and complexities. From the building complex itself to the artwork on the walls, St. Peter’s Basilica is a spectacular marvel of ancient art, architecture, and religious reverence.
18th Century Baroque Church in Central Rome
In the heart of Rome sits one of many 18th Century Baroque churches. Magnificent arched windows and vestibules flow together in dramatic fashion, forming a feeling of fullness that seems to sweep all the energy in the room from the floor up to the breathtaking ceiling. The church is surrounded by 7 towers, an is smack-dab in the center of Rome. This perfect wedding location will make you feel like an ancient couple marrying in a kingdom of love.
The Great Synagogue of Rome
The history of Jewish people in Rome dates back to the 2nd century, but could often be far from pleasant. While some waves of Jews immigrated willingly to Rome, many others were brought as slaves. After Italy became unified in the late 1800’s, The Great Synagogue of Rome was erected on the banks of the Tiber River, overlooking what was once the Jewish ghetto, which has since been long-demolished. This is the largest synagogue in the world, and its construction made--and still makes today--a powerful statement of resilience and resolve. Its history and status as a symbol of overcoming adversity, in addition to its beauty, make it a popular tourist attraction and a perfect destination for a wedding in Rome.
Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina
This minor basilica is named for Saint Lawrence or "San Lorenzo" of Rome, who was made an official martyr in the Roman Catholic tradition. It was built in the 4th century and has been renovated and restored several times, with many architects, painters, and craftspeople becoming involved with restorations and additions throughout its long history. This history of renovation makes the Chuch of San Lorenzo in Lucina an interesting addition to this list, with many layers of history deriving from its many changes throuh the years. In the 17th century, it was completely restored. Of particular historical significance is the fact that Pope Marcellus hid in this church during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Maxentius. But for plain old-fasioned romance, it’s the classical beauty of the church's interior that will truly take your breath away.