In our quest for the perfect wedding location in Italy we ventured all the way down to the southernmost point in Puglia, the heel’s tip, where lies Santa Maria Leuca. The Romans called it “de finibus terrae” or the end of the land, an apt descriptor for such a dazzling visual display. Here, waters from the Gulf of Taranto marry the Ionian and Adriatic seas. Enormous monoliths of white limestone cut into bright, electric blue water. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of Calabria and the island of Corfu, in Greece. It’s long been a fashionable resort for well-heeled Puglians, and it’s clear why; it’s magical.
Just around the corner, about 10 minutes out, you’ll find Gibò. If ever you dreamed of a jaw-dropping seaside location for your Italian destination wedding, this is it. Gibò’s what bridal dreams are made of.
It sits on the coast, or rather just above it, high up on a cliff. Upon entering, a maze of pathways takes you from one level to the next, each corner more scenic than the last. All you can see for miles are stars and the sea.
Gibò may not be in your lexicon (yet), but it’s not a new name around here. The original location, founded by Gigi Costa, was a glamorous luxury nightclub that was all the rage in the 80s and 90s. To this day, you can still spot the famous cult status bumper sticker.
More recently it’s been run by Costa’s daughter Marta. Building on her father’s passion and vision, she’s created a new environment for events, parties, and weddings.