Chianti Weddings

Chianti Weddings: For many years the English have had a love affair with Chianti, so much so, that it’s affectionately called Chiantishire by the locals. Although the wine producing area of stretches from just north of Siena to south of Florence a huge area producing fantastic wines, the four main towns are Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Giaole in Chianti.

Castellina in Chianti

Located just 15 km from Siena this quaint town is perfect for smaller weddings although I have squeezed 90 people into the “Sala del Capitano” in the Rocca where weddings take place.

The Rocca is a 14th century castle with a massive tower, which dominates the piazza behind the main street, it’s also home to La Torre a great restaurant, which serves delicious food. On the main street you’ll find shops more restaurants and bars and fabulous ice cream parlour, and the hotel Squarcialupi a perfect base for your wedding if you want to keep everything close on hand and a wine cellar where you can taste the locally produced Chianti.

Close by there are wonderful villas such as villa Casa Lecchi and lots of agriturismos (farm holiday complexes) which are perfect places to relax and enjoy the delights that the Tuscan countryside has to offer. For more details of these and other venues, drop me a line.

Weddings here take place on:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning until 1pm

Tuesday & Thursday afternoon with the last wedding at 5.30pm

Radda in Chianti

This beautiful hilltop town and like most of the Chianti area dates back to the times of Etruscans so the landscape is dotted with olive groves and rows of vines and is well worth considering as a wedding destination.

With lots of good restaurants and bars you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to eat or sit and watch the world go by. There are a wealth of great hotels if you want to stay in Radda, although venturing out into the countryside you’ll find wonderful places such as Badia Coltibuono an old abbey with it’s amazing gardens and small church next door, ideal for religious ceremonies. There is also a piano in the old refectory, which would be ideal for either a jazz band or pianist to play after dinner for dancing. Or the majestic villa, Villa Vistarenni which sits on a hill overlooking Radda in Chianti and is perfect for small or large weddings. For more details of these and other venues, drop me a line.

Weddings in Radda in Chianti take place in the town hall a beautiful “loggiato” building in the centre of town during the summer months you can get married under the “logge” the open vaulted frescoed ceiling area under the main building. During other months weddings take place in a frescoed room inside the town hall.

Weddings here take place:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday morning from 9.30 to 12.30

Afternoons up to 6pm.

Cost for 2012  – €800 in the morning and €900 in the afternoon.

Gaiole in Chianti

Gaiole in Chianti is a about 30 mins away from Siena and is very close to Radda in Chianti so there are lots of wonderful castles, Spaltenna, Meleto very close by, added to that a wealth of hotels, villas and agriturismos and B&Bs you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to hold your wedding party.

Giaole is smaller than Radda in Chianti and most of the restaurants, bar and shops are concentrated around the main piazza.

Weddings here can either take place in the town hall or the Cantine Ricasoli a very suggestive restored vaulted room there is truly nothing as unique in Chianti where you can get married.

Weddings here take place on:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning until 1pm

Tuesday & Thursday afternoon with the last wedding at 5.30pm

Greve in Chianti

Life in Greve in Chianti is centred in the main large oval shaped piazza which is lined with shops, restaurants and bars around the outside. There is also a beautiful Salumeria where you can see proscuitto hanging from the ceiling.

Close by are many wonderful venues to hold your wedding, probably the most famous of these is Villa Vignamaggio which is where “Much a do about nothing” was filmed,  whislt I can organize most things for your wedding, providing Denzil Washington in breeches to complete the scene could even for me prove to be difficult! For details of this and other marvellous venues drop me a line.

Weddings here can only be booked 3 months in advance and take place on:

Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 12.30

Monday and Thursday from 15.00 to 18.00

Requests for other times can be made to the mayor, but costs a little more!

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