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‘In Lazio with love’: Italian region offers couples a €2,000 payment to get married

Thursday, 24 March 2022 09:32

Want to get married in the Eternal City or in a medieval castle or on a golden beach? Authorities in Lazio are giving €2,000 to couples getting married in the region, as they seek to salvage the wedding sector from the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, called In Lazio with love, is open to Italians and foreigners who have a religious or civil marriage in the region between 1 January and 31 December 2022.

The refund even includes the cost of the wedding rings

Couples can already make their requests for the funding. All they have to do is provide a maximum of five receipts. If accepted they will receive a €2,000 refund on money they have spent on Lazio-based wedding services. These include wedding planners, attire, venues, catering, flowers, car hire, photographers - and even the wedding rings.

Only 9,000 weddings in Lazio during the pandemic

The region has set aside a total €10m for the initiative, and applications for the refund can be made up until 31 January 2023 (or until the fund runs out). It is hoped this will boost weddings in the region which fell to 9,000 during the pandemic, compared to the over 15,000 held in the region in 2019.  

“Lazio has many magical locations”

“The scheme is needed to support a sector that has suffered badly from the economic crisis,” said Nicola Zingaretti, the president of Lazio. “We have put the significant investment in place also with an eye on the tourism sector. We are aware and proud of being able to boast that in every part of our region there are many of the most magical and fascinating locations in the world thanks to our unparalleled artistic and cultural heritage. They are ideal places to celebrate a special day such as a wedding” 

Wedding pictures at the Trevi Fountain or on the Appian Way

Indeed the Lazio region has no shortage of locations to choose from including a host of mediaeval hilltop towns and sand dune beaches like those that line the Circeo National Park. Then of course there is the capital city with show-stoppers for wedding pictures like the Trevi Fountan, the old Appian Way, the Coliseum and St. Peter’s Square. 

“It’s time to relaunch the sector” 

Valentina Corrado, Lazio’s tourism councillor added that it is time to “relaunch a sector that has been on hold for a long time. The wedding business has suffered economically during the last two years.”

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