About 45 minutes south of Siena, the approach from Siena is wonderful, passing rows and rows of vines as you wind your way up to the town. Montalcino is famous for the world famous wine Brunello, and you can’t visit without tasting some! Each year in February the local producers present their wine at “Bevenuto Brunello” a wine fest where you can sample the fruits of their labour, which has been aged for 5 years. But if you’re not here for that you can go wine tasting at some of the local vineyards, or drop into the fortezza to sample some with a plate of local cheeses and cold cuts.
The town itself is closely connected to Siena and is represented in the Palio held in Siena each year in July and August. When Siena was under attack from Florence the gentry fled to Montalcino thinking they would only be there a short time and ended up staying for 5 years before heading back to Siena. Montalcino also has its own festivals in August and the end of October, an archery contest between the 4 quartieri, which starts with a historical parade late morning and then the contest takes place on the sports field behind the fortezza after lunch.
The main town is centred around Piazza del Popolo which is dominated by the old town hall with its huge clock tower. It’s here that weddings take place.
Weddings take place here during office hours:
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 13.00
Tuesday & Thursday – 15.00 – 17.00
Sadly it is not possible to marry in Montalcino on Saturday.
In the Piazza del Popolo you will find my favourite bar, bar alle Logge perfect for a pre or post wedding aperitivo, where you can sit under the logge and watch the world go by. There are also lots of wonderful restaurants serving home cooked delicious Tuscan food. In the area you’ll find lots of lovely venues perfect for your Tuscan wedding.
For more details on weddings in Montalcino, drop me a line.
Pienza is famous for its cheese, Pecorino made from sheep’s milk and as soon as you walk through the main gate you’ll smell the delicious aroma of cheese coming from the various shops along the main road. Pienza was completely redesigned in the 15th century by Pope Pius II who was born there and also gave Pienza its name in his honour. The idea was to build a utopia city where the fabulous views could be seen from each street, sadly today due to new buildings this is not possible but the side which opens onto the valley behind the Cathedral is still jawdroppingly stunning and you see the countryside that all of us equate with Tuscany, you can see for miles over the Val d’Orcia to Monte Amiata where you can ski in the winter. With street names like Via d’Amore (love) Via Del Bacio (kiss) it’s not difficult to imagine why getting married in Pienza is a great idea. With great restaurants and osteria my personal favorite is La Buca delle Fate which is tucked in the piazza behind the town hall, in the summer you can sit outside and enjoy delicious home cooked food and cold cuts and cheese severed by Luciano, for a bar with a view you should go and see Paolo in the bar which over looks the Val’ d’Orcia near Via del Bacio.
With fabulous little churches just outside Pienza it’s the perfect place to have a religious ceremony, and there are some great places to stay too, such as il Poggiolo, which is where the film “Gladiator” was filmed, Terre di Nano which is nestled on a hill about 10 minutes from Pienza a little oasis of tranquility, and Hotel Il Chiostro which is in the centre of Pienza and has the most beautiful cloistered area perfect for a dinner by candlelight.
For civil weddings these take place in the Sala Consiliare, the council chambers a beautiful room with a frieze of coats of arms around the ceiling.
Wedding times by appointment Monday to Saturday 9am to 1pm.
If you want, you can contact me for more details on weddings and places to stay in the area.
As one of the highest hilltop towns in Tuscany and its steep streets up to the main piazza, you’ll need to leave your Jimmy choo’s at home or at least carry them up with you! Montepulciano has also been home to some famous films, the English Patient was filmed here as was the New Moon from the Twilight series. The main piazza which is home to the Cathedral and the Town hall, has lovely bars where you can catch your breath after the long climb to the top and relax and watch the world go by and admire the impressive Renaissance Palazzi .
There is a lovely little hotel just down from the main piazza the Locanda di San Francesco, which also serves lunch and dinners on the outside terrace and they have jazz nights too. The view from here is wonderful! There are also lots of villas and places to stay close by should you wish to stay in the countryside and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
Montepulciano is also home to the famous vino Nobile it would be rude not to try it while you are here… it’s delicious.!
Religious or civil weddings are possible here with lots of wonderful little churches close by , civil ceremonies are celebrated in the lovely white room of the Town Hall.
Weddings take place Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 12.30 and Wednesday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm.
For more details on weddings and place to stay in Montepulciano please drop me a line.