Perched among the beautiful hills surrounding Parma is the Castle of Tabiano, with gardens, terraces, frescoed halls and ancient cellars. Rosie Meleady reports on this ideal wedding castle in Italy which not only has its own church but its own village too.

Castle Tabiano’s origins dates back to the tenth century when its strategic position was used as a watch-out location and the main military fortress for the defence of the Emilia region.

In the nineteenth century the castle was given a new life thanks to Giacomo and Rosa Corazza who employed the services of famous artists and the best artisans of the area to decorate the splendid rooms, which are today used for weddings and events, with wonderful stuccoes, frescoes and flooring.

Nestled among the trees beside the castle is a pretty picturesque Catholic church where couples can exchange their vows and walk the scenic path followed by their guests to their wedding reception at the castle.

As the castle is just over an hour away from two international airports (Milan and Bologna), it is also practical as well as magical for those looking for an outstandingly pretty destination wedding castle in Italy.