Ultimate Destination Weddings: Best Wedding Venues in Tuscany
Each year, hundreds of couples decide to tie the knot under the Tuscan sun. The cradle of Renaissance, the region of Tuscany in Italy is well-known for being one of the ultimate destination wedding locations in the world. Tuscany’s green fields, uniquely beautiful hills and glorious vineyards have captivated couples about to get married who would love to do it surrounded by hectares of vineyards.
Among all the beautiful locations to host weddings, this Italian paradise is one of the most popular ones. A region that covers Central Italy, Tuscany is the home of some of the most popular Renaissance architecture designs and masterpieces such as the Duomo basilica or Boticelli’s work in the Uffizi Gallery. Its traditional landscapes have been the source of inspiration for many artists and lots of films, and it has also been a source of inspiration for us to create a guide to wedding planning for luxury wedding planners and grooms and brides in search of the best wedding venues in Tuscany. There are many top locations to explore and Tuscany wedding packages to consider, so have a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and enjoy the reading.
Top Places to Get Married in Tuscany
When planning a perfect Italian wedding, it’s always good to follow the wide advice of professionals. According to some experts, Florence, Chianti, Siena, Lucca, Cortona and San Gimignano are the best and most romantic places to get married in Tuscany. Some luxury wedding planners like The Tuscan Wedding have plenty of experience organising exclusive and themed weddings in the Tuscany region and all over Italy.
No matter what the wedding of your dreams is, it can become a reality under the guidance of professionals like the above mentioned. Chaotic, orthodox, protestant, civil or ceremonies, all can be hosted in Tuscany villas, castles or majestic historical churches.
Florence is perhaps the most famous wedding destination in Tuscany. This magic city is surrounded by castles, palaces, historic villas, gardens and terraces and (top tip!) one of the most beautiful city halls in the world. Its churches and cathedrals are also exceptional buildings to host Catholic ceremonies. But there’s much more in Tuscany beyond this major Italian city.
A Guide to Wedding Planning: Best Tuscan Wedding Venues
Now that we know some of the best places to get married in Tuscany, let us get to the point. What are the best wedding venues in Tuscany? There are hundreds of options and all of them are great decisions, but the selection below can at least give you an idea of where to start looking.
Romantic Tuscany Weddings in Florence
The capital of the region and the undisputed favourite of international couples. Castello Di Vincigliata is suituated right in the centre of the city and offers breath-taking views of the Italian city. Weddings can be celebrated in this unique setting, where drinks receptions can be held in the castle’s beautiful gardens during spring and summer. This venue also offer the possibility to host indoor weddings when the weather is bad, so couples who would like to get married in this majestic castle can do it at any time of the year.
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If you’re considering getting married in a countryhouse, Villa Medicea Di Liliano is definitely a venue to consider. Its enchanted courtyards and gardens and impressive halls and banquet rooms are the ideal scenario for a romantic Tuscany wedding. It offers spectacular views of the city and of the Tuscany countryside. This villa provides personalised stays, which means they will help you organise all the important details like catering, drinks and decoration, if that’s your wish. Best of all? They have a small private chapel perfect for an really authentic and intimate Italian ceremony.
Lucca offers a landscape of unparalleled beauty and full of history. Getting married surrounded by Medieval walls is a once in a lifetime experience. Weddings can be held in lovely villas with stunning views like Villa Grabau. Built in 1412, this majestic countryhouse was the property of King James Version, a member of a well to do family in Lucca. Its location is ideal, as it’s situated between the flat and the hills, offering views of both the countryside and the city. Your special day can take place in the elegant spaces this historical villa can offer, such as its gardens, where guests will enjoy a magical day underneath water lilies and lemon trees.
Siena is very famous for its picturesque hills and it can be a great location to host a romantic wedding. In this case, Sienna’s city hall is a wonderful option for civil ceremonies, as it’s a medieval building located in one of the most famous squares in the world: Piazza del Campo, a spectacular spot to take some pictures after legal civil ceremonies. Drinks receptions could be organised at restaurants like Tre Cristi Enoteca Ristorante or Zest Ristorante & Wine Bar, where guests can enjoy exquisite local food and an outdoor evening party in a cosy, candle-lit setting.
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There are few venues as spectacular and unique to get married as Abbazia di San Galgano (Abbey of San Galgano), in Siena. Despite being in ruins, it’s the choice of many couples willing to have a unique romantic wedding in the Tuscany. Couples opting for this unique venue can later have their drinks reception and evening party at Villa Catignano, a perfect location for a garden reception. Full of differentes types of trees and leafy plants, this villa’s gardens has views to Chianti majestic hills and Siena’s skyline in the distance.
Chianti is another perfect place to enjoy delicious wines and enjoy astonishing countryside views. Palaces like Castello Di Meleto can be an option to consider, especially for those brides and grooms who are wine lovers – and that know their guests are wine fans – as there are activities such as wine tasting especially organised for weddings. In addition, couples can celebrate their special day during summer or winter, as there are wedding packages that this luxury hotel offers regardless of season. They are committed to making every wedding a memorable and romantic experience, and that’s why they also offer a wedding planning service to avoid unnecessary stress for the future husbands and wives.
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Vignamaggio is another good option to take into consideration when getting marrieds in Tuscany. It is one of this Italian region’s oldest farming estates. A real Renaissance treasure, this wonderful villa offers tasting and guided tours and other activities for guests such as cooking lessons and face and body treatments in the spa. A complete Tuscany experience with the best ending: the union of two people.
A very well-preserved Medieval town, Certaldo is located south of the province of Florence and has borders with Siena. The place has an indescribable charm. Situated on the top of the village, we can find Palazzo Pretorio, a stunning historical castle decorated with stone and terra-cotta coats of arms where civil ceremonies can take place. This majestic Tuscany castle also has cosy spaces like gardens for drinks receptions and that offer exceptional views of Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano’s hills.
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Castello Di Oliveto is not far from Certaldo and is a lovely castle that was built in 1424. It’s a fantastic spot for pictures and a very intimate location to host the perfect Italian wedding. The castle’s event organisers have years of experience helping couples plan their weddings. As they say, ‘No two weddings are alike. No two couples are alike’, so you can be sure they will make your special day a unique and unforgettable experience.
Top wedding venues in San Gimignano
There are 13 towers that decorate the majestic town of San Gimignano. They were built by noble families in the 12th and 13th centuries when the town enjoyed great prosperity. Although it could seem like a small place to host a wedding, this Medieval village is full of art treasures, high-end stores and high-quality restaurants. Your Italian countryside wedding can be hosted in a nice country hotel like villa Borgo San Giorgio, a nice Italian house where guests can enjoy amazing views to the Chanti vineyards. Surrounded by olive trees and green hills, your family and friends will be able to witness a dreamlike wedding under the Tuscan sun.
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Couples can also tie the knot at San Gimignano’s town hall, a lovely Medieval building hosting civil ceremonies in the Sala di Dante or at its romantic Medieval courtyard. Villas in San Gimignano are a great choice for both civil and Catholic celebrations, especially if you’re planning a garden wedding. Their swimming pool areas and the fantastic views that they offer can create the perfect atmosphere to celebrate special occasions like these. Guests can enjoy a beautiful outdoor ceremony and also relax in a spa and peacefully rest in this outstanding corner of Tuscany.
Planning the perfect Italian wedding can be challenging, but the result will always be exceptional and rewarding. The marvellous natural landscape and unrivalled beauty that the Tuscany region offers is a matchless scenery for a romantic wedding. Historic churches are the best options for Catholic weddings, although the drinks ceremony and evening party can be hosted in majestic Villas, castles and lovely local restaurants. All of them have something in common though: the authentic Italian touch they provide any wedding with and the exceptionally beautiful views guests and newlyweds can enjoy and immortalise in pictures.
If you’re planning your wedding in Tuscany and would like further advice on wedding venues and entertainment for that special day, don’t hesitate to contact us today and ask to speak to one of our entertainment experts. We would also love to see some pictures of your romantic Tuscany weddings and get more inspiration from you. Call us on 01626 572072 or share your pictures on social media by tagging as @scarlettent.