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Ciao! This is another frequently asked question from couples who want to get married in Italy: Where should we get married in Italy, Jeanie?
Mamma Mia! There are so many regions to consider getting married in Italy. This blog post (podcast episode)
In this post, I will talk about the 3 most popular regions engaged couples get married in Italy: Florence, Venice, and Tuscany. Yes, I realize that Florence is in the region of Tuscany, but when it comes to actual numbers of weddings hosted, Florence tops the list hands down and is disaggregated from the rest of the region. Venice is second to Florence, in terms of actual weddings, and is known for its history of romance.
So before we dive into the most popular wedding locale in Italy, I just wanted to let you know that there are 20 different regions (similar to states or provinces) in Italy. From these 20 different regions, today’s episode will only focus on 2 regions — Tuscany and Veneto — and 2 cities in particular, Florence and Venice.
Yes, I know there are lots of other places to get married, but I wanted to let you know why engaged couples are primarily choosing to get married in these top 3 spots.
So the #1 location that is popular with couples is Florence. Have you ever had the fortune of visiting Florence the home of the Renaissance?
Well, this town set on the banks of the Arno River is the most popular locale for destination weddings. In the city, there are many hotels, churches, and private venues that host your wedding.
How to get to Florence: Florence has its own airport, or you can fly into Pisa or Rome and take a train or a car to Florence.
Here are my top 3 recommendations for where to get married in Florence:
Villa Cora is located inside a centuries-old park that overlooks the Boboli Gardens, on the hills just outside the historical center of Florence. This villa has 44 rooms, so it may be the perfect venue for your small, but luxurious, wedding in Italy.
You and your guests will feel at home at Il Salviatino, which is located about 15 minutes outside the city center of Florence. Il Salviatino’s main villa and grounds are home to 44 individually decorated rooms and suites.
Villa La Massa is located on the banks of the Arno River, just in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. It is the perfect place for you and your guests to enjoy Florence and your wedding! It is an intimate sized hotel, with only 51 rooms. You can also rent out one of the villas on-site: Casa Colonica, and that has 4 suites and a kitchen.
The elegant villa is perfect for small and intimate weddings. It offers couples the possibility of renting out the entire hotel. Talk about being exclusive and private.
If you want to have a Catholic wedding ceremony, this is possible in Villa La Massa. The villa has a private garden and chapel, ideal for weddings of a maximum of 25 people.
When I ask you to envision a romantic spot in Italy, did Venice come to mind? With its gondoliers who serenade you along the Grand Canal?
Well, welcome to Venice — the second most popular place to get married in Italy. Once again, venues of all types can accommodate your wedding — and you can even get married at sea!
Venice also makes for the most romantic honeymoon location. I’ve been to Venice numerous times and made sure to come here for my honeymoon. There’s nothing more romantic than exploring the little alleyways of Venice on your honeymoon. Imagine how fun it will be for your guests, too. Having your wedding in Venice allows you to have all of your guests centrally located, as it has its own international airport and is great for connections.
Once again, here are my top 3 wedding venues in Venice.
Just a short walk from the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, this luxury five-star boutique hotel has 42 rooms and is the perfect hotel for your wedding.
Civil or religious ceremonies can be held in the surrounding churches or in the city’s town hall. There are two nearby churches and the town hall are all within a short distance from the hotel.
Blessings and symbolic ceremonies can be held in the Hotel’s Portego, Amigoni Hall, outdoor Patio, and on the Rooftop terrace overlooking the Grand Canal – for a magnificent backdrop to your wedding.
You and your guests will have your own private space as this hotel is a quick ride away from the tourist masses. Couples can have their church wedding here or get married on a gondola — the sky’s the limit.
You can have your honeymoon here too — or any of the venues I recommend. At the Belmond Cipriani, you can start your new life together in the heart of Venice. Take a twilight walk through Casanova’s gardens or have a personal butler serve you champagne and canapés on your private terrace from the best suite.
If you love to indulge yourself further, get a couple’s spa and massage treatment at the Casanova Wellness Centre. And then finish off your evening at the Michelin-starred feast at the iconic Oro Restaurant. For the adventurous, we can suggest the best secret tours and tastings that Venice has to offer.
If you’re looking for a larger hotel, you should definitely consider the San Clemente Palace Kempinski. This hotel is on its own private island in Venice. This truly unique 12th-century resort hotel is a scenic enclave with 15 acres (6 hectares) of lush, fragrant gardens, and unparalleled views of the city’s skyline, the lagoon, and the boats navigating the canals.
Ok, the third most popular region couple wed is in Tuscany. But you’re probably thinking, you just told me that Florence is #1, isn’t Tuscany included in it?
Florence is in the region of Tuscany, but it is not included in the numbers. The hundreds of other towns and villages within Tuscany are part of this. So if you’re looking for geographical diversity – then you should consider Tuscany. If you’ve never explored much of Tuscany, the most popular area is the Chianti wine region — famous with its rolling hill towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and more.
In addition to the vineyards, you can also consider a wedding along the Tuscan coastline — resplendent with awesome views and memorable locales.
If you’re looking for something in Tuscany, but not as touristed, then consider Eastern Tuscany and towns such as Arezzo and Cortona.
Here are my top 3 suggestions for luxury wedding venues in Tuscany:
This is one of smaller and more exclusive venues to get married in Tuscany. You may already be familiar with the name Banfi, as they are a famous wine producer in the world. Your wedding will also be treated with as much care as they do to all their other services. When you get married at Castello Banfi il Borgo, you are simply getting the best of the best.
Castello Banfi is located in the wine-producing region of Montalcino and has 14 rooms for you and your wedding guests. The castle is a peaceful, enchanting escape at a working vineyard. It is in the southwest corner of the designated Brunello di Montalcino growing area, 16 kilometers west of the small city of Montalcino, and 70 kilometers south of Siena.
Getting married at Castel Monastero, in the romantic atmosphere of its countryside, is a celebration that will remain in your memory forever.
And a lovely spa for relaxing wedding treatments! (In fact, pretty much all of these venues have places to relax.) You can host a wedding of up to 200 guests at this castle in Tuscany.
Do you prefer a church wedding? If so, then you’re in luck at Castel Monastero. This venue has a little church that can accommodate weddings of up to 50 guests. If you have more guests, we recommend the magnificent Romanesque church of Badia Monastero, just 2 km from Castel Monastero.
If you plan on having a civil wedding ceremony, you can get married at the town hall in the nearby borgo of Castelnuovo Berardenga or at a nearby villa on the outskirts of town.
Borgo Pignano is an elegant country estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, just a short drive from the historic, hilltop towns of Volterra and San Gimignano. A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of The World, the 750-acre organic estate blends a working farm with a world-class resort experience and also acts as an ideal base for exploring Florence, Siena or the vineyards of Chianti nearby. It has 7 rooms and 7 suites, which you can book exclusively, for your wedding in Tuscany.
Currently, the villa is closed. But the new Villa La Lavandaia is being restored and Villa La Fonte is being redecorated. In addition, Borgo Pignano will add an antique conservatory this summer.
We can start planning your 2021 or later wedding now.
For Tuscany and Florence: We recommend that you either fly into Pisa, Florence, or Rome and then rent a car to arrive here. If you are staying in Florence, you won’t need to rent a car. However, if you plan on traveling around Tuscany we highly recommend a private driver or a car rental. If you need help in arranging your travel, please contact us.
I recommend any of the recommended wedding venues. These are all Virtuoso properties, which means our clients receive additional perks and privileges. For example, if you stay at Borgo Pignano you can receive the following perks for 2020:
and if you decide to book Villa La Massa, their perks for 2020 include:
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