The Italian Club of Tampa (“L’ Unione Italiana”) is a venue full of timeless elegance steeped in history. Built in 1918, the club began as a cultural hub for the city of Tampa’s Italian community. In its hey-day the clubhouse featured an extensive library, as well as a theatre that was often frequented by some of the most famous opera singers of the day. The club serves as an iconic building in Tampa’s history as a symbol of community, cultural heritage and an example of what makes Tampa so unique. Today, the historic building has taken on a new life as an elegant event space for those planning their next big occasion.
This neoclassical building, designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott features grand Doric columns inspired by the Italo- Greco temples of Agrigento, Sicily. An ode to the timeless elegance and colorful ambiance of Italy, this historic building is full of vintage glamour. Take your guests on a Tour of Sicily without a passport. This venue is spacious enough to encompass every inch of your big day without having to change locations. Pamper yourself pre-ceremony in the Bridal Suite while you enjoy a glass of champagne (or sparkling cider!) The Groomsmen relax downstairs inside The Cocina, a mediterranean-style speakeasy, with celebratory cigars.
Soft natural lighting from the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows provides the perfect backdrop for exchanging a first look at the top the intricate canted wall staircase, featuring vintage wrought-iron balustrades.
Meanwhile, in the Cantina, allow your guests to enjoy cocktail hour and it’s the perfect spot for your bridal party to commemorate your day with a fun photo-booth.
Exchange vows center stage in the Connie Spoto Walter Theatre. This historic venue is perfect for large weddings and is spacious enough to accommodate your growing guest list.
After saying ‘I Do,’ take your guests on a tour of Sicily as you explore the rest of The Italian Club. Head down to the Capitano Family Grand Ballroom for an elegant reception. Dance the night away beneath elegant alabaster chandeliers hanging from hand-painted floral motif ceilings in the Capitano Family Grand Ballroom.
If you’re looking for a unique event space that’s truly “all-inclusive” and you’re willing to ditch the chapel, The Italian Club of Tampa is the perfect choice. Now Italy isn’t the only destination for a romantic wedding full of Sicilian Baroque elegance. Transform this amazing venue into the perfect space for your wedding or host a chic rehearsal dinner with your loved ones before the big day. This all-inclusive venue is a south Florida favorite.
What is your maximum capacity for your venue? 400-The Capitano Family Ballroom
What is the approximate square footage? 22,000 sq. ft.
Are there any regulations regarding hours, noise, or alcohol, etc. that a bride should be aware of? See complete list of Regulations here!
Do you offer on-site catering? Off-site Catering and on-site liquor
Do you offer on-site rentals? All rental packages are based on a four hour rental. Packages include room rental, tables and chairs, set-up and breakdown, cleaning prior to and after the event, on-site day of coordinator, and parking for up to ninety cars.
Onsite accommodations? Yes
Handicap Accessible? Yes