I am travelling to Italy for a few weeks in Sept and am planning on eloping in Sorrento and possibly staying at Relais Blu Belvedere the night of our wedding. I am told that we must be in Italy for three days prior to our civil ceremony, is it easy to get around in this area to Capri, Positano, and so forth?
It's a big tourist area and there is adequate public transportation by boat, hydrofoil, public bus, private bus/shuttle, tour van, private drivers, etc. Parking is a big headache and most travelers choose not to have a rental car in that area.
I think you need to ask some very specific question of an Italian consulate somewhere. I am sure there is a lot more required than being in country for three days. Wedding in foreign countries can be very difficult to arrange.
I agree, you need to find out what specifically is required by checking with your local Italian Embassy/Consulate. I would recommend hiring a wedding planner to handle all of the documents to make sure your union is legal.
Frank and SamSn are asking good questions. About 5 people have posted here in the last year regarding getting civil or religious ceremonies in Italy and all of them discovered that Italy has a lot of paperwork requirements that require assistance of a wedding planner; you can't do it yourself from the US. Hopefully you already know all this but if not, be advised. This is some info from Rick that will get you started: click
Holly, I'm going to assume that you are organizing all this through a wedding planner here in Italy, yes? It isn't your presence in the town three days before the wedding that is important, you have to go the the city hall about 2-3 WEEKS before and register. Then the bans have to be posted for a certain number of days. You need all kinds of documentation, including a notarized translation of your birth certificate into Italian. Again, I am assuming you know all this, I'm just telling you as someone who had both a civil and religious ceremony here in Italy (to the same guy!!) that there is a mountain of paperwork involved. Auguri!
Copy and paste the following URL into your browser to see the rather dizzying array of documents that need to be translated, witnessed, and submitted, for weddings in Italy. You won't be able to do this on your own! http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Washington/Templates/Pagina_Interna.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID=%7bC0CC5983-E1DE-464F-83E5-E518883D7217%7d&NRORIGINALURL=%2fAmbasciata_Washington%2fMenu%2fIn_linea_con_utente%2fDomande_frequenti%2fServiziConsolari%2fServiziconsolari%2ehtm&NRCACHEHINT=NoModifyGuest#registration%20of%20vital%20records%20in%20italy
Holly, my sister got married in Lake Como and she did this thru a wedding coordinator. She did mention going to the Italy consulate here in LA and had to get stuff notarized in Italian and English. Fortunate for her, her husband lived in Milan (before coming to California) so he had friends in Italy to help.
She didn't whine about the process (which she is so good at! LOL) so I can't imagine it being a huge task. I definitely would contact the Italy Consulate for step by step info