Siena Weddings: Siena (often misspelt as Sienna) is where I live and is probably my favourite wedding destination with its famous shell shaped Piazza del Campo and the majestic town hall, Palazzo Pubblico , together they provide the perfect jaw-dropping backdrop for any wedding. Most people are blown away by the piazza the first time they see it, a perfect WOW! factor.
Siena is still surrounded by the city walls, which were put up to keep the Florentines but the Senese are more than happy to welcome you to their city and while wandering through the narrow streets and alleyways you’ll still get a sense of the medieval era and on wedding days the locals will clap and cheer and offer you their heart felt congratulations.
Weddings here are held mostly in the Palazzo Pubblico in the Sala degli Arazzi: sadly the tapestries (Razze) are no longer hanging from the walls but with its frescoed ceiling and Murano glass chandeliers and deep red walls it’s still very impressive. After the wedding you are free to wander around the museum and have photos taken.Since 2017 other halls have been opened to civil ceremonies like the Loggia or the Palazzo Patrizi, a big ballroom in medieval style perfect for big groups as you can sit even 150 people!
Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm
Sundays at 10am, 11am and 12pm.
There are some wonderful hotels in the city where you and your guests can stay and some fabulous restaurants where you can hold your wedding reception if you want to keep everything within walking distance.
Some of my favourite venues close to Siena include the wonderful Villa Sofia with it’s fabulous Italian gardens perfect for the aperitivo which overlooks Siena the place where you got married, Casa Elena which is a beautiful agriturismo producing their own wine and Villa Dino a wine resort in the Chianti (more fabulous wine!!).
Close to Siena are the beautiful hilltop towns of Monteriggioni ,perfect for religious ceremonies, Colle Val d’Elsa, Casole d’Elsa and San Gimignano, Castelnuovo Beradenga to name but a few, for lots more fabulous venues drop me a line…
The Senese people are extremely proud of their heritage and twice a year (2nd of July and 16th of August) you can soak up the atmosphere at the Palio the famous horse race, which is run in the Piazza and see the pageantry in the historical parade, which leaves from the magnificent cathedral. Sadly during the Palio period there are no weddings, but either side of the 4 days of the Palio it is possible to combine your wedding with this event, which is featured in the book “100 things to do before you die”.
St. Catherine the patron saint of Europe was born here. Legend has it that her head was brought back to Siena in a basket from Rome, on entering the city the coachman began to panic that he would be caught by the soldiers with such a valuable relic, on entering the city he was stopped and the soldiers asked him what was in the basket on pulling back the cloth the soldiers saw the most beautiful marguerites, and allowed him to pass into the city, when he stopped thanking God for his good fortune he pulled back the cloth and saw the head smiling at him! Today you can visit San Domenico church to see her head and the Oca district to see her house and visit her chapel.
Although lots of visitors come to Siena, it is less crowded than Florence. It has lots of bars, which are mainly centred around the Piazza, a great place to hang out in the summer months. Also during the summer the Contradas (the 17 districts of Siena) open their doors to the city for dinner, dancing and fun until the wee small hours.
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