Le Marche: Gradara & Cattolica
Italy's best kept secret and known as "The Riviera Romantica" for very good reasons.
Nothing says That's Amore than a Wedding in Italy !

Cat & Dan Gradara Cattolica (RIMINI - ADRIATIC COAST) Ann & Ross Gradara Gradara 3



It would be fair to say that at some point every little girl imagines how her wedding day will look and nine times out of ten there's a fairytale castle involved.

Most little boys, although perhaps not so caught up in the details of flowers and the wedding cake filling, do however sit up and take interest at the idea of a glamorous car that is theirs for the day !

For those of you keen to make those childhood dreams come true, look no further than the northern part of Le Marche region where it borders with Emilia Romagna.
Known as “The Riviera Romantica”, this is an intimate and small triangle of 3 resorts bordering on two of Italy’s most famous regions.

Gradara, one of Italy's finest medieval villages. Cattolica a sparkling cosmopolitan coastal resort and Gabbice Monte perched on the hill and overlooking the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Coast.

Catering to all Tastes

In this romantic area, there are venues to cater for every kind of wedding from the traditional castle fairytale, to rustic and authentic, modest or majestic or chic and contemporary. The most romantic of backdrops is the village and castle of Gradara, whose love story of Paolo and Francesca was immortalised by none other than Dante himself.


Immagine a castle perched precariously on a hilltop.


An entire medieval village circled by its fortress walls ...on one side looking down over the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and on the other side a patchwork of wheat filled fields, olive groves, vineyards and beds of giant yellow sunflowers stretching their heads lazily as far as your eye can see.


Rows of tall, proud cypress trees standing to attention and lonely farm cottages tucked neatly into the lush green hillside.



This is Gradara, a place of undeniable beauty, tranquility and charm and where you can still experience the authentic taste of Italy.

A place where time stands still and where terracotta vases overflow with fresh flowers. Where the scents of the countryside blend with the perfume of the sea. One of those rare places where you can still hear the birds sing and the crickets twitter as you gaze from the castle walls with the starry sky above as your only lantern.

This is a place where Romance hangs heavily in the air. A truly suggestive background for a perfect wedding and fantastic picture shots for your Italian Wedding Album.
The entire village will embrace you and send you on your first steps as man and wife with their  "auguri" ( bes wishes and congratulations) ringing in your ears.

This is one place where you can still really enjoy an intimate encounter with the real Italy and it’s warm and friendly people.

A location for an authentic Italian Wedding.

Given the small size of Gradara, it has a remarkable number of quality locations for your reception. Restuarants ranging from small family establishments ,country houses with fine dining and of course our romantic historic convent villa which can be hired for exclusive use.

Your guests will be thrilled as they make their way up the hill through the arch towards the castle to the small romantic church for your Catholic Ceremony or blessing and with beautiful music playing to greet them and take them back in time.

They will be equally enchanted as they enter the peaceful sanctuary of our exclusive and historic convent villa with its stunningly beautiful cloisters for your legal outdoor civil wedding. It can also be used as the perfect reception venue set in a tranquil landscape of vineyards and olive groves and overlooked by the majestic castle.

The views over the coast and the sunsets are unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

Civil Ceremonies can also be performed in the small and intimate theatre or outdoors on the castle walls ( small groups only).

Read more about our real weddings in this area under our Press section of the website.



For those of you that prefer a more cosmopolitan feel with the beach as a backdrop, look no further than Cattolica with its stunning fountains and golden sandy beaches.

A former fishing village and now a thriving coastal resort, Cattolica's long golden sandy beach is surrounded by lush green countryside.


With the medieval village of Gradara and the promotory of Gabicce Monte being only a stone's throw away offers you the best of both a coastal and countryside backdrop.


The many fine squares are adorned with sparkling dancing fountains and flowerbeds adding great settings for your Italian Wedding Photos.



Its many pedestrian only streets are lined with outdoor restaurants, bars and cafes and offers a wide range of shopping too.

The colourful old fishing harbour adds a lively touch of days gone by but is still very much fully operational today.

Given that the resort was born with hospitality in mind, Cattolica will remain in your hearts forever not only for its beauty but above all for the warm and friendly nature of its people.

Cattolica's origins date back to Roman times when the many inns and taverns were used by pilgrims on route to Rome. This tradition has been kept very much alive today with no shortage of places to stay ranging from small family run properties to more luxury boutique hotels.
This is where you will also find the Luxor Beach Hotel, owned by the same family that own and operate Dream Academy and so obviously you will be embraced here as one of the family and your  welcome will be second to none.
Your Italian Wedding Ceremony can take place in a traditional church or for a civil ceremony the stunning Palazzo Mancini with its striking facade and sparkling fountains adding an elegant and refined touch.

Cattolica is also an amazing setting and very popular for a symbolic wedding ceremony on the beach.
Given its very close proximity to Gradara, Cattolica is also an ideal base when considering a Wedding in Gradara as it offers a wide choice for your guest accomodation suiting all tastes and budgets.

For your Italian Wedding Reception in Cattolica, we have a wide choice ranging from small beach locations to amazing fine dining restaurants.

An exclusive golf resort or a luxury Boutique Hotel on the beach and owned by one of Italy’s most famous fashion designers.
The hotel is exquisite with breathtaking attention to detail from the cocoa and cream interior to the gorgeous and peaceful Islamic garden courtyard.

A wedding in Cattolica will sparkle not only because of the sea and fountains but because of the wide range of venues it has to offer.


The small resort of Gabicce reflects all the shades of nature and her many variations.

The sea,the beaches and steep cliffs all reflect in the crystal waters of the Sea.


Offering you the best of both worlds, there is a distinct divide between Gabicce Mare with its many hotels, bars , restaurants and shops and Gabicce Monte with its more sophisticated and elegant feel.

Gabicce Monte offers spectacular views over the coast and sunsets guaranteed to rest in your hearts forever.

Leading into the San Bartolo National Park, which snakes along high above the coastline hugging sheer drops into the shimmering blue sea below.

This area has views which are every bit as stunning as the Amalfi coast but has the added advantage of having Tuscan like landscapes and beaches too.

A small and exclusive resort with many fine dining restaurants and wedding venues clinging to the cliffs above the sea below.

Passing through the many quaint little villages many boasting castles and stunning viewpoints, there is no shortage of fairytale settings for your album here.

We also have a super modern and trendy nightclub perched on a hill and overlooking the sea.Available for exclusive hire and with a fine dining restaurant as the cherry on the cake.

A truly wonderful discovery-----hurry before the news gets out !!!

Don't forget the Guests

When planning a wedding you obviously focus on the big day and it's not always easy to think about guests' accommodation or what they will do when you're on honeymoon.

However, by putting everything in the hands of Dream Academy, the only British/Italian registered tour operator in Le Marche who deal one hundred percent with weddings, you could find yourselves receiving compliments for months to come when guests come back having had the holiday of their lives too.

Imagine being able to rent an entire medieval-style village to stay in, or our very own stylish four-star Hotel Luxor Beach with swimming pools, fitness area, terrace bar and a stunning seaviews.

We also have a wide range of other options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Great Food and even better Wine !

For those passionate about Italian food and drink, the Marche and Emilia Romagna regions are undoubtedly where to be.

There are simple rustic dishes using local and wild produce such as mushrooms, game and field herbs, as well as wonderfully fresh fish straight from the Adriatic and mouthwatering desserts and DOC wines. For a memorable event and food there are innumerable sagre (food festivals) from June until November and remember that the area is home to some of the world's most famous food products: Parma Ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic vinegar.

Sightseeing as Well

If taking in the sights of Italy is what you and your guests are interested in, there are many beautiful areas to discover, including the Renaissance capital of Urbino, the breathtaking Conero Coast and the small republic of San Marino, as well as scores of picturesque hilltop villages in the beautiful Montefeltro area.

Let's face it, nothing could beat driving around in a classic car that makes you feel like a celebrity, as locals from tiny children to grandparents wave and shout with glee.


For those guests who want to make a real holiday of the area, the Republic of San Marino is only a stone's throw away and Venice, Florence and Rome can all be visited in a day.

Dream Academy can arrange all of this for you, be it for your wedding day, the honeymoon afterwards or for anyone in the wedding party wanting to take to the road when the celebrations are over.

A wonderful private collection of Ferraris could also be your backdrop for a rather unusual and unique reception.

La Riviera Romantica is the real Italy in one small area. A place where time stands still and dreams really can come true.

Dream Academy Wedding Planner in Italy.

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