Where to get married in Tuscany: best days, times, budget

Art, culture, breathtaking landscapes, world-famous food and wine tradition, medieval villages and Renaissance heritage: all wrapped up in a single region, Tuscany.

Charming lovers for centuries, with its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards, Tuscany is one of the most romantic places in Italy, offering endless locations for a perfect wedding day. 

If you wish to get married in Tuscany, grab a cup of coffee, get comfy and let’s chat about the best wedding venues in Tuscany!

Where to get married in Tuscany: Florence, Val d’Orcia, Siena or Chianti? 

Choosing a wedding venue is the biggest challenge for newlyweds. 

Tuscany has it all. For example? Florence, the Renaissance city; the Val d’Orcia with its cypress avenues; Siena with its timeless medieval charm; the Chianti region with its vineyards; at last but not least small medieval villages with a timeless atmosphere.

But, how do you choose where to get married in Tuscany? Let’s find out more about these incredible places.

Known as cradle of Renaissance, the historic center of Florence was one of the first in Italy to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Between Santa Croce and San Lorenzo districts, Florence embodies a large number of world-famous masterpieces of art: the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore and Brunelleschi’s dome,  the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Boboli Gardens, the Accademia Gallery and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

Surrounded by hills, Florence is one of the most romantic Italian cities. The romanticism of the Renaissance era creates a perfect frame for the celebration of love. After all, Dante – the poet and author of Divine Comedy – felt madly in love with his Beatrice in Florence. 

The landscape of Val d’Orcia is really stunning. Crossed by the river Orcia, from which it takes its name, this region in the south of Tuscany, between Siena and Grosseto, is rich in green and sinuous hills, medieval castles and ancient villages, golden fields of wheat, cypress avenues and fabulous olive groves.  

Nature shows off its colors, changing with the seasons, creating an almost surreal atmosphere. The same nature that has given rise to world-appreciated red Italian wines such as Brunello di Montalcino. 

Siena is one of the most attractive medieval cities in Italy, surrounded by green hills and Chianti vineyards in the heart of Tuscany. Its historical centre is rich in architectural and cultural beauty: Palazzo Pubblico and the Museo Civico, the Duomo and the Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex, the Torre del Mangia and Piazza del Campo, where the Palio, a famous horse race, takes place. 

Siena is a place of rare beauty with its small streets full of artisan shops. A precious setting for the big day.

Between the provinces of Florence and Siena, and a small part of Arezzo, the Chianti territory  is one of the areas of Tuscany most appreciated by tourists from all over the world, not only for its wine production.

Sun-kissed vineyards and olive groves, small charming villages such as Radda, Castellina and Gaiole in Chianti, characteristic stone houses and churches make Chianti the ideal setting for dreamlike photos.

The most beautiful villages in Tuscany for a dreamy destination wedding

The more you get to know Tuscany, the more you fall in love with this extraordinary destination. That’s why most couples fly a few days before their wedding, have an amazing wedding celebration, and then travel around Italy on their honeymoon. 

Tuscany is the perfect region for destination weddings. 

The small villages scattered in the Tuscan countryside between Chianti and Val d’Orcia are all worth exploring. Moreover, here you will find many locations for a rustic or country chic wedding.

In the Val di Merse, we find Chiusdino, a wonderful medieval village. Here stands the legendary “Abbey without a roof”, dedicated to San Galgano, one of the most impressive examples of Romanesque and Cistercian-Gothic architecture. 

Entering the Abbey of San Galgano is a truly suggestive experience. An avenue of cypress trees accompanies the gaze up to the entrance of the Abbey, inside, stones and grass make up the current floor; the unglazed windows together with the cracks between the rocks let the sunlight filter through, creating an intriguing play of light and shadows. 

This abbey, with the sky as a rooftop, is the perfect place to declare eternal love. Being deconsecrated – it is now a museum – it is possible to celebrate a civil ceremony. 

Situated on a hilltop not far from Siena, Montepulciano is one of the most popular destinations for couples in love who wish to tie the knot in this medieval town full of elegant Renaissance palaces, small characteristic corners and ancient churches.  From this town, one can enjoy a striking beauty panorama of the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana. 

If you wish to get married with a religious rite, the magnificent Abbey of Sant’Antimo with its magnificent travertine facade is the right choice.

Among the most famous villages in the Val d’Orcia and among the most beautiful ones in which to get married is Pienza, a true Renaissance jewel. In this area, there are many locations for a perfect rustic wedding. Romantic like few others, Pienza boasts one of the most evocative views of the Val d’Orcia, as are its intricate narrow streets, Via dell’amore and Via del bacio

Should you get married in Pienza, do not leave this village without visiting Palazzo Piccolomini. 

Speaking of romance, one cannot fail to mention San Gimignano. Its towers, medieval palaces and frescoed churches make this village a place full of charm and magic, ideal for intimate weddings for a few guests.

In the heart of Valdelsa, in the province of Florence, there is one of the few medieval villages where time seems to stand still. Everything has remained almost entirely as it was originally. It is Certaldo, famous for being the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio. 

And also Castellina, Gaiole, Radda in Chianti, the beating heart of Chianti.

Favorite days and times for couples getting married in Tuscany 

Tuscany is a beautiful backdrop for a day as special as a wedding,  all year round.  Even though it is known for its long summer seasons and its mild weather, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Surely, the light of a sunset in the summer makes the atmosphere more magical.  That’s why many couples choose this period for their wedding.

The season of weddings in Tuscany usually starts from mid-April and ends in mid-October. 

Among the favorite months, there are May, June and September. In July and August, newlyweds usually opt for a late afternoon event to avoid the hottest hours of the day.

In April and October, the availability of venues is generally wider. And besides, the milder temperatures allow people to celebrate daytime weddings.

The weekends are most popular, with Saturday in pole position, particularly for weddings designed to last several days. On Friday wedding arrangements begin, on Saturday the ceremony takes place, and on Sunday the guests can come back home or explore fantastic Tuscan villages. 

Beyond statistics, if the bride and the groom fall in love at the first sight with a location, they become more flexible on the day in order to get married there. Also a midweek date has its upsides. Greater availability of suppliers is one of them.

How much does a wedding in Tuscany cost?

One of the most frequently asked questions is: how much does it cost to get married in Tuscany?

There are important factors to consider when creating a wedding budget. The main are: 

  • where and when
  • number of guests 
  • venue and accommodations
  • catering 
  • band and guests entertainment
  • photography and videography
  • wedding arrangements (decorations, lighting, mise en place, flowers and stationery)
  • hair and makeup
  • transportation
  • extra activities (e.g. pre-wedding dinner, after party etc.).

The answer is “It depends!”. It all hangs on all these factors and it changes according to the bride and groom’s choices.

There are couples who set a precise budget before starting to organize their wedding, others who have no clear ideas about it, or still others who would go crazy to make the most important day of their lives unforgettable.

Luckily, Tuscany offers a wide range of amazing venues for every type of budget. 

Managing your budget and choosing the right venue is not at all easy. Would you like to rely on a Tuscan wedding planner?

You can write to Marry me in Tuscany. Our staff will be happy to make your dream of love come true. 

Are you ready to say “Yes, I do!”?