Monteriggioni Weddings: If you are driving from Florence to Siena, you can’t help but see this wonderful little village, perched up on a hill it is ringed by thick walls and 14 large towers, Dante wrote about it in his Divine Comedy “Inferno”. It was built in the 13th century by Siena to defend the road from Florence to Rome and despite some work in the 16th century it remains perfectly intact and is a little jewel of a place, quaint with cobbled streets and wonderful stone houses it is perfect for religious weddings. The beautiful Romanesque church San Maria Assunta dominates the main piazza, with a beautiful raised alter and although very simple inside you can certainly go to town with floral decorations. Don Doriano the local priest only speaks Italian so you’ll most certainly need a wedding planner to help smooth the way with your arrangement and documents.
In July there is a medieval festival held on the first three weekends, when the town folk dress up in traditional costume, serve food and local Chianti and there are battle re-enactments or dancing in the main piazza.
You can also walk around the walls and admire the magnificent views over the Val d’Elsa.
There are some great restaurants serving traditional Tuscan food (il Pozzo is my favourite) and bars in the piazza where you can watch the world go by. Close by there are also some wonderful venues close by, for example: Piccolo Castello, Borgo San Luigi and Castel Petraia where you can stay and hold your wedding reception.
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Casole D’Elsa Weddings: Another little gem of a hilltop town. Just 25 minutes west of Siena and 50km southwest of Florence. There are shops, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the flavours of great home cooked food and wonderful local wines. There is also an art school if you fancy having a painting holiday and with the beautiful landscape you’ll be sure to create your own works of art.
There are two churches, San Niccoló, Romanesque in origin with the most beautiful 17th century frescoes by Rustichino and at the high altar a 14th century one of the Madonna of the Sienese School. This tiny church is just on the outskirts of the town perfect for small intimate weddings with a cypress-lined avenue to reach it. For bigger weddings the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta in the main piazza was consecrated in 1161. Don Feledo the local priest who is responsible for both churches only speaks Italian so you’ll most certainly need a wedding planner to help smooth the way with your arrangement and documents.
Or if you fancy a civil ceremony, weddings take place on request in the interior courtyard of the town hall in Piazza Lucchetti.
With a wealth of hotels and augriturismos (farm holidays) in the area you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to stay and hold your wedding. La Peschiera which is just 5 minutes from Casole d’Elsa is perfect for weddings of 30 people.
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Murlo Weddings: This beautiful little village (Castello di Murlo) is located just 20 minutes south west of Siena perched 317 metres above sea level it has wonderful views over the Merse valley, surrounded by woods it also boasts a wealth of great walk and cycle tracks. It is also well placed for visting the ancient abbey of San Galgano, which is also a great location for a religious wedding in the small church perched on the hill which has the saint’s sword forged into stone or bespoke wedding in the ruins of the abbey.
Civil weddings take place just of the piazza in very simple but beautiful vaulted ceilinged room the museum from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 12.30pm other times on request.
There are some beautiful venues close to Murlo, for example Borgo allo Spino and Capriano are great venues for a wedding and Capriano has it’s own consecrated church, plus lots of other great locations in the area.
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