Tuscany remains one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world and for good reason! The region is rich in charming villages immersed in the gold of the summer hills and seemingly endless fields of vineyards. Tuscany is also home to some of the most famous wines in the world and internationally renown cuisine – perfect for indulging your wedding guests.
Read on to learn more about planning your ideal destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy.
Stunning Tuscan Landscapes and Scenery
From a purely landscape point of view, Tuscany boasts unique and exceptional scenery. Traveling by car and getting lost in the small villages perched on the hills, such as Cortone, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza just to name a few, is an experience to say the least. Host your wedding in any one of these villages for an authentic Italian wedding celebration.
Wedding photographers easily fall in love with the poetic and evocative surroundings from the ruins of abandoned churches to ivy-covered walls to grand, ancient wooden doors – all tell the story of Tuscany’s rich and timeless history.
Past the rolling hills of Tuscany, you’ll overlook the sea, cross wonderful sandy beaches, and walk through fragrant pine forests that connect the coast of Versilia with that of the Maremma.
It should not be forgotten that Tuscany, particularly the city of Florence, is the beating heart of Italian art and culture. As the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is the artistic center of Italy, with some of the most beautifully designed churches in the country.
Tuscany offers breathtaking landscapes to set the scene for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience. Whether you feel closer to the rustic and bucolic style of its villages or the idyllic beaches overlooking the sea, you’ll be sure to have an enchanting wedding celebration and a memorable vacation with friends and family.
Intimate, Historic, and Grand Wedding Venues
Although Italy provides numerous wedding venues, the region of Tuscany provides a remarkably wide range of locations. Frame your ceremony in a luxurious villa or in one of the magnificent “Relais” scattered among the Tuscan hills or between the striking walls of a medieval castle.
Borro, an Estate in the Heart of Tuscany
Among these, the first worthy of mention is Borro. The entire estate covers about 700 hectares of land in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence, Siena, and Cortona. This relais, currently owned by Ferruccio Ferragamo who has taken care of the complex renovations to preserve the original spirit of the plac, represents the perfect combination of past, present, and future.
The first written account of the castle dates back to 1254, when a Milanese nobleman acquired the property from the Mascagni family. It wasn’t until the sixteenth century that – under the patronage of Alessandro del Borro – the entire estate began to expand and transform itself, taking on the spectacular appearance we know today.
Castle of Vincigliata, an Intimate, Historic Castle
If you are looking for a more intimate location, but equally fascinating piece of history, you can opt for the enchanting Castle of Vincigliata, steeped in legend. The story has it that the spirit of Donna Bianca wanders around the walls of the castle. Donna Bianca was a beautiful woman, who died of heartbreak when her future husband was killed in front of her on their wedding day. Since then, Donna Bianca is said to be the protector of every love story, especially the “impossible”.
Borgo Casa Bianca, a Renovated Manor House
One of the most beautiful villages where we have had the good fortune to visit is Borgo Casa Bianca, a truly magical place whose main building dates back to the 13th century with spectacular views of Monte Amiata. Located near Siena, on the hills that divide the Val di Chiana from the Crete Senesi, this building was originally a rural farm. Subsequently renovated, the Borgo Casabianca has retained all its former glory, with the elegant manor house, the gardens and the streets that surround it.
From the terraces of this charming village, you can enjoy all the magic of breathtaking sunsets, get lost in the contemplation of the warm, golden light of the sunset that caresses the hills – a sight difficult to believe in until you have seen it.
Receptions Featuring World Famous Italian Cuisine
As if you needed another reason to consider Tuscany for your dream wedding, Italy is world famous not only for its scenic beauty and fine art but also for its delicious food! Accompanied by some of the most prestigious wines of Europe (locally produced, of course), Tuscany’s exquisite Italian cuisine delights wedding guests with scrumptious tastings and original dishes. The unsurpassed quality of food and wine and the amazing selection of seasonal ingredients allows you to plan your ideal lunch, dinner, or cocktail menu for your wedding day.
We have had the good fortune to visit Tuscany often, both for work and pleasure, and the privilege of experiencing some of its most gorgeous landscapes, exceptional wedding venues, and heavenly cuisine. With so many possibilities to choose from, you can plan your perfect destination wedding in Tuscany, completely personalized to you and your beloved to create an unforgettable celebration with your friends and family.
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