Tuscany and Umbria
The Italian classic
Tuscany is too much, simply too much to handle. Far too much history, nature, beauty, art and temper, all squeezed in a fairly limited area that stretches from the Appennini Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Let’s try not to get overwhelmed then, and divide it in its main themes.
Florence of course has it all: glamorous hotels with magnificent views, medieval castles and luxurious private mansions, either in town or in the lush surrounding hills. Any kinds of religious, cultural, civil or symbolic ceremonies can be performed here, only make sure to reserve in ample advance, for this iconic location is highly requested.
If you wish to set your wedding in an authentic Tuscan town full of art and history but would rather go for something cozier, then you’ll be spoiled by choice: Lucca with its magnificent elliptical shaped square and XVI century walls, Siena, whose great location bang in the middle of the region and enchanting medieval atmosphere makes a top rate choice for your Tuscan wedding, or rather Pisa, with its stunning, surrealist square, as well as the most complete range of options for civil ceremonies (gardens, deconsecrated churches and ancient palazzo), catholic ceremonies and elegant receptions. Just come over, together we will find the exact, perfect, ultimate location for your big day!
The Chiantishire: the epitome of the Tuscan wedding location, the very place where sloping hills covered in vineyards and olive trees, winding alleys dotted with high cypresses, medieval castles, tiny panoramic churches and exquisitely rustic villas have first been invented. It won’t be an original choice, but a great one for sure.
Val d’Orcia: probably my favorite Tuscan area. The countryside is untouched it its idyllic beauty, the towns, from Pienza to Montalcino, are loaded with historic and artistic treasures, the local cuisine is simple but delicious and the wines outstanding. In this setting you will be able to get either the uber elegant 5 star wedding celebration or the savory and earthy farm style celebration. Plenty to go for!
Valdichiana and Valdarno: in the south-eastern part of Tuscany, this area has been inhabited since the ancient times and therefore holds a rich artistic heritage: roman amphitheaters, medieval castles, gothic cathedrals, Renaissance frescoes, and much more. Charming towns such as Arezzo, Anghiari, Montepulciano and Cortona offer memorable backdrops for your wedding ceremonies, while the lush, hilly surroundings literally burst with lovely venues of any kind (farmhouses, relais de charme, luxury hotels, private villas), thus granting a perfect reception and a great stay.
Umbria: Italy‘s green heart, Umbria is a land unto itself. Nowadays it is easily reachable from Rome’s airport, but not so in the past: removed from outside influences, it has kept alive many old-world traditions that have shaped its territory and made of it one of the most genuine and fascinating Italian regions. Medieval hilltops towns such as Assisi, Spoleto, Todi, Gubbio, Perugia or Spello enjoy sweeping views of the romantic rolling countryside and offer a rich selection of wedding ceremony and reception venues, from millenary churches to hamlets, from picture perfect castles to hearty stone farmhouses. The untouched beauty of the area, the people’s friendliness and the rich, yet unpretentious local cuisine will treat you to the most authentic Italian wedding experience you could hope for.
Cover photo: Erica Huybrechts, Photo 1: Davide D’Amico, Photo 2: Fugzu, Photo 3: Salvatore Gerace, Photo 4: Lauren Spinks Photography