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Italy To Pay Couples Nearly $3,000 To Get Married To Help Wedding Industry

Italy will pay couples 2,000 euros ($2,964AUD) to host their dream wedding in the popular area of Lazio.

The country has always been a popular choice for couples to tie the knot, but due to COVID-19, just 9,000 couples have wed in the area since the start of 2020. Compared to more than 15,000 in 2019.

Lazio includes areas such as Rome, Viterbo, and Tivoli and has launched the initiative to boost the wedding industry in the central region following the pandemic.

The scheme is called ‘Lazio with Love’, and 10 million euros has been allocated to allow Italian and foreign couples to receive refunds of 2,000 euros for local products from caterers, florists, wedding planners and events companies.

Nicola Zingarettie, president of Lazio, said: "The scheme is needed to support a sector that has suffered badly from the economic crisis.

"We have put the significant investment in place also with an eye on the tourism sector, and with the awareness and pride of being able to boast about every part of our region, with many locations among the most magical and fascinating in the world thanks to an unparalleled cultural heritage."

Weddings and civil unions hosted between 1 January and 31 December 2022 are eligible for the grant.