Top Venues for Your Tuscany Wedding – The Definitive Guide

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Hi, my name is Federico Pannacci, More than 15 years ago, I began my career as a Destination Wedding Photographer, living in Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. Working across Italy, I’ve accumulated vast experience (over 600 weddings) and have seen many venues firsthand. Most of my clients are not Italian, and many of you reading this guide live far from Italy. Given my profession, I’m driven to share the venues that have consistently stood out as the best for organizing and planning your wedding in Tuscany.

Tuscany is renowned for being an ideal wedding destination, offering everything from art cities and luxury Italian-style hotels to rustic, agricultural settings, not to forget the UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia hills. There are also seaside locations along the Tyrrhenian coast, including the lesser-known yet fascinating Argentario area or the Island of Giglio. If you’re planning your wedding, an elopement, or simply a memorable trip, Tuscany, with its excellent wine and zero-kilometer food products, is definitely a destination to consider.

Top Venues for Your Tuscany Wedding – The Definitive Guide
Top Venues for Your Tuscany Wedding – The Definitive Guide

Florence: The Jewel of Tuscany for Weddings

Florence is the top choice for those seeking grandeur amidst art and medieval history, boasting several magnificent hotels capable of hosting your wedding with dedicated event staff to assist through every planning phase.

The St. Regis, (St Regis Website) with its prime location overlooking Ognissanti Square by the Arno River, is a premier pick, offering a rooftop terrace at its sister hotel, the Westin Excelsior, for breathtaking views of Florence.

For a more intimate setting, the Torre Tornabuoni hotel (Torre Tornabuoni Website), nestled in Florence’s bustling commercial heart, provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, perfect for smaller elopements.

Stunning Villas for Your Tuscan Wedding:

  • Villa and Farm of Rignana: Rignana A breathtaking villa near Florence, where Simona, the event manager, excels in tailoring to every couple’s needs and meticulously organizes each event. The villa features a spacious living room with a piano and frescoed walls, master bedrooms with stunning views of the vineyards and olive groves, and an infinity pool overlooking the Chianti hills, offering breathtaking sunset views.
  • Villa Cora: Villa Cora Located near Florence’s center and overlooking the Boboli Gardens, this 19th-century villa boasts grand salons with mirrors and fine wood finishes, and its gardens are perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Note: Starting January 2024, couples wishing to take wedding photos in the Boboli Gardens will need to pay a fee to the Florence municipality.
  • Villa Medicea di Liliano: Liliano Carrying the prestige of the Medici family, this iconic villa is a timeless location with a greenhouse, gardens, terraces, and expansive spaces, reflecting elegance passed down from the high Middle Ages.
  • Villa di Catignano: Catignano Near Siena, this beautiful 17th-century villa sits on a hill offering views of the ancient city of Siena, ideal for large weddings. Its indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate guests in all weather conditions, and its Italian garden is particularly noteworthy.
  • Villa di Monaciano: Monaciano Among the largest mentioned, with vast grounds, it’s the perfect secluded spot for guests. An ancient amphitheater within the woods provides a unique setting for wedding ceremonies, and its courtyard and spacious areas are suitable for any event type. The main entrance features ancient armors, symbolizing the villa’s noble past.
  • Villa Merlo Nero: Merlo Nero Just outside Florence, this villa offers a unique antique style with beautifully bizarre rooms, incredible lighting effects, and a one-of-a-kind style.

Top Venues for Your Tuscany Wedding – The Definitive Guide

Rustic Retreats and Country Houses:

  • La Locanda in Tuscany: Locanda A unique place nestled in the heart of Val d’Orcia, near Castiglion D’Orcia and Bagno Vignoni, perfect for weddings, elopements, styled shoots, and parties. Its shabby chic, cozy, and elegantly rustic style makes it ideal for ceremonies ranging from Boho to Luxury, offering the ability to set up beautiful ceremonies and tables amidst the hills and fields.
  • Casa Cornacchi Country House: Located between Siena and Arezzo, this is a venue I often work at for various reasons. Its strength lies in its ability to organize and prepare everything so perfectly and genuinely that you won’t want to leave once you’ve arrived.
  • Borgo Stomennano: Stomennano A magical place minutes from Monteriggioni, in the heart of the Sienese hills, surrounded by an enchanted forest, vineyards, and olive groves, offering unique vibes for your wedding. A unique place where your guests will leave their hearts.
  • The Lazy Olive Villa: Lazy Olive One of the places closest to my heart, where I’ve spent wonderful moments with my clients. Perfect for elopements, very intimate weddings, and larger events up to 50/60 people. Set in the Crete Senesi, the sunset views are breathtaking. The owners, Malcolm and Daniela, are incredibly welcoming and will make your stay unforgettable.
  • Agriturismo Il Rigo:Il Rigo Located in Val d’Orcia, it’s hard not to mention Il Rigo. Its family-run nature, by Luisa and her husband, offers a warm and genuine welcome. The rustic style typical of old Tuscan countryside, situated on a hill next to Pienza and the famous Vitaleta chapel, makes it a must-mention.
  • Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco: Rosewood In Val d’Orcia, this is the most upscale facility, located in one of the most important and best-preserved villages in Tuscany. Everything is designed to take your breath away.
  • Castello di Celsa: Castello di Celsa Another luxurious facility, located in the heart of the Chianti Senese hills near Casole d’Elsa. This ancient castle offers spacious areas and a beautiful amphitheater set in greenery.
  • Sce Quiric: Sce Quiric On the border between Siena and Val d’Orcia, in the municipality of San Quirico, this small and beautiful hamlet recently renovated by a young couple is the ideal place for your elopement.

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Top Venues for Your Tuscany Wedding – The Definitive Guide

San Galgano Abbey and Surrounding Venues:

  • San Galgano Abbey: Not just a venue but a captivating location known for its unique charm and the iconic roofless abbey, making it a mesmerizing choice for wedding ceremonies. It serves as a gateway to several exquisite nearby venues.
  • Borgo Santo Pietro: Borgo Santopietro Just minutes from San Galgano, this exclusive resort offers various types of accommodations, including suites with private pools, and boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Tenuta di Papena: Papena A charming, small village close to San Galgano, managed by Ginevra, whose family has been breeding horses for generations. It’s ideal for those seeking a connection with nature and history.
  • Agriturismo Terre di San Galgano: San Galgano Located directly in front of the abbey, this farmhouse features a natural swimming pool and a private woodland, with Nico overseeing event planning with over 15 years of experience.
  • Villa Podernovo: Podernovo Situated in the municipality of Chiusdino, minutes from San Galgano, it captures the essence of the region with its classic Tuscan brick architecture and spacious areas suitable for any event type.

Tuscany Beyond the Countryside: Seaside Wonders

Tuscany’s allure extends to its coast, showcasing gems like:

  • La Pescaia Resort Pescaia Resort in the Maremma heart, near Castiglion della Pescaia. This stunning facility offers breathtaking views, nestled close to the sea amid vineyards, pines, and palms.
  • L’Andana, Andana another exquisite resort near the sea, once had its restaurant under the famous French Chef Ducasse. Now, his protégés carry on the legacy, offering refined cuisine and meticulous attention to detail, making it a unique and enchanting wedding venue.
  • Isola Del Giglio, Punta Fenaio Lighthouse: Ideal for the adventurous and those planning elopements or small weddings, the Punta Fenaio Lighthouse on the west-facing cliff of Isola Del Giglio offers the ability to capture and encompass breathtaking images. This unique location promises an unforgettable backdrop for intimate ceremonies, where the beauty of nature and the sea merge to create a picturesque setting for your special day.

For more information or if you’re seeking a photographer for your wedding, elopement, or couples’ session, feel free to contact me for details.

This summary encapsulates your closing thoughts, highlighting Tuscany’s coastal beauty and your services, inviting potential clients to reach out for more information on planning their dream wedding in this diverse region.

Top Venues for Your Tuscany Wedding – The Definitive Guide