Famous for its exquisite fine art, extraordinary countryside and delicious food and wine, there are many reasons why discerning couples choose the Italian region of Tuscany to say, “I do”
Tuscany is an enchanting region of Italy for many reasons – culture vultures come to view the greatest collection of art in the world, from paintings and sculpture to architectural masterpieces; others to bask in the glorious warm sunshine and explore the beautiful countryside, coastline, charming towns and historical sites and cities. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to indulge their palates in delicious cuisine and fine wines. However, a growing number of couples come to get married in one of the most romantic destinations on the planet!
For honeymooners, Tuscany has so much to offer. Hire a car and discover the region – and the best place to start is the picturesque city of Florence, then continue to Siena and Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower, and to the beautiful countryside, villages and coastal region that beg to be explored by car, on foot or mountain bike. If you intend to spend most of your time in Florence, Siena and Pisa, then the train is a good option for getting around.
One of the big attractions for weddings in Tuscany is the weather, which is mild throughout the year. The warmest months are July and August, while June and September are warm but not too hot. In winter the snow covered mountains are perfect for skiing and snowy white weddings in the pretty ski resorts.
A visit to Florence is a must, with its museums, palaces, and churches that house some of the greatest art treasures in the world, including the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.
Siena is a lovely medieval city that sits over three hills around the huge central piazza del Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run – a horse race run around the piazza every summer – its also featured in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.The nine sections of the piazza’s fan-like brick pavement represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna’s cloak which shelters Siena.
Chianti area in Tuscany is famous for its exquisite wines. It one of the most beautiful areas in the whole region, extending over the provinces of Florence and Siena. Chianti landscapes are particularly lovely, with green, gentle hills covered with vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone – these make beautiful settings for rustic Italian weddings.
Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany stretching between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto offering blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths. Maremma is rich in local produce to be tasted and savoured. Be sure to visit Saturnia, a hillside spa town overlooking thermal springs with Roman Gates, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. set within the medieval walls. Saturnia’s thermal baths and two thermal waterfalls of warm sulphurous waters at 37.5 °c offer relaxation and healing, therapeutic properties.
Elba is a stunning island famous for harbouring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile. The island offers several museums, impressive fortresses and military constructions and the Napoleonic residences such as Palazzina dei Mulini. What really makes Elba special are its clear and blue sea and stunning beaches – perfect settings for beach weddings.
Marry in Tuscany
You’ll be delighted if you choose the gorgeous region of Tuscany for your destination wedding – from its romantic locations to its delicious slow food and crisp wines. Marry in one of its cultural cities filled with spectacular works of art, in a rustic church, a villa in the magnificent countryside, or on a gorgeous sandy beach. With such a vast choice, where do you begin?
To ensure that all your paperwork is in place it is recommended that you arrive in Italy two working days prior to your wedding. You will need:
- Valid passports
- Certificate of non impediment (also knows as CNI)
- Nulla Osta
- Divorce papers or widow/widower papers (if applicable)
Top 5 Things to do
- Book into the 5-star luxury spa retreat Terme di Saturnia in the famous spa town for indulgent pampering.
- Treat yourself to a bottle of Chianti Classico, Italy’s most famous wine, produced in the hillside vineyards.
- Take a photo of the Leaning Tower of Pisa – then climb the stairs to the top of this world famous tower.
- Take a boat for a day trip to the stunning Isle of Elba. Take a bikini and find a secluded cove!
- Stroll into Siena’s piazza del Campo to see the location of the famous James Bond film, Quantum of Solace