January 14, 2021
If you are starting to plan a destination wedding in Italy, then looking for a wedding venue in Tuscany would be a good first step! Whether you are planning to get married in a vineyard surrounded by endless hills, or in a historical villa, Tuscany has everything to offer.
In order to continue our series on the blog about destination weddings in Italy, we decided to share our experience as wedding photographers based in Florence and write a list of wedding venues in Tuscany that we love. From our personal experience with our beloved couples, we know that finding the right wedding venue in Tuscany while living so far away (especially now that Covid made everything even more exciting, right?!) could feel a bit overwhelming, the choices are endless and pretty much all the venues in Tuscany look as gorgeous!
So, we decided to narrow down the choice and come up with a list of 10 of our favourite Villas, Borghi and vineyards in Tuscany, with stunning outdoor spaces which will make you experience all the Italian beauty on your wedding day.
We can all agree that there is no place like Tuscany to plan a destination wedding in Italy, the outstanding beauty of this region and its glorious countryside is second to none. Tuscany also offers a variety of small wedding venues, ideal for intimate celebrations, of which we are huge fans. Last but surely not least, Tuscany has endless options when it comes to food and wines, which are, as we all know, exceptional.
View of the Tuscan countryside.
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So let’s have a look at our list of our 10 favourite wedding venues in Tuscany:
1. L' Antica fattoria di Paterno
If your dream is to have a rustic wedding in a Tuscan villa, surrounded by golden fields and vineyards, L’Antica Fattoria di Paterno could definitely be the choice for you. It offers a wonderful garden where you can have an outdoor ceremony underneath a gazebo and a beautiful courtyard for an outdoor reception.
The indoor rooms have spectacular views on the surrounding fields and vineyards of the Chianti hills that will surely make your guests enjoy the typical Tuscan environment and atmosphere.
L'Antica Fattoria di Paterno Website:
2. Villa Catignano
Another wonderful villa in Tuscany, nested in the winemaking region of Chianti Classico, the dream place for any wine lover. Villa Catignano is set in a very strategic place, convenient for all the most famous (and beautiful) Tuscan destinations like Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra and more!
Aerial view of Volterra.
As we were mentioning in our article “All you need to know about the costs of a wedding in Italy”, Tuscany is a very convenient region for an Italian wedding. It has two International airports, Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. Villa Catignano is close to both of them.
This Tuscan villa offers a pool (from May to October) in which their guests can enjoy the stunning surrounding views and really have a relaxing experience. The outdoor spaces are simply magnificent and perfect for any rustic-chic, outdoor wedding reception.
A quick extra note on Villa Catignano: if you are looking for a more informal, yet superb environment, you can also consider its farm house, La Fattoria di Catignano. For more information about this wedding venue, just visit their website.
Villa Catignano Website:
3. Borgo Santo Pietro
Borgo Santo Pietro is a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, very close to Siena, one of our favourite cities in Tuscany!
Also, Borgo Santo Pietro is only a 6 mins drive from San Galgano Abbey, a charming and frankly unique roofless abbey, the perfect location for a wedding ceremony. If you want to know more about the gorgeous San Galgano Abbey in Chiusdino, have a look at this album on our blog: Weddings at San Galgano.
San Galgano Abbey, Chiusdino.
Each of the boutique hotel’s 20 rooms has been singularly designed down to the most thoughtful detail. Are you a food lover? One aspect we just LOVE about this wedding venue in Tuscany, is its farm which provides locally sourced and top quality ingredients to the two (yes two!!) Michelin-starred restaurants, Meo Modo and La Bottega del Buon Caffè, as well as Trattoria Sull’Albero. Farmers make cheese and yoghurt with the Borgo’s sheep milk. At the farm there are also free-range chickens, honey bees, alpacas and extensive vineyards.
Borgo Santo Pietro is surely one of the most beautiful Tuscan wedding venues, a must see!
Borgo Santo Pietro Website:
4. Villa di Ulignano
Another astonishing Tuscan villa, right at the top of the hill of Ulignano. Villa di Ulignano is a 17th century villa, surrounded by ancient trees and beautiful gardens. Like Villa Catignano, it is set in a very strategic and convenient place, being very close to well known and beautiful Tuscan destinations like San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena and Florence. When planning a destination wedding, think about your guests and the experience you would like them to live. Exploring the region you’ve chosen for your wedding would definitely be a very meaningful thing for them to do. For more on this, feel free to check out this article on our blog: First 5 steps to take when planning a Tuscany wedding.
Views of Siena.
Villa di Ulignano Website:
5. Villa Petrolo
Ideal for an intimate wedding, Villa Petrolo has a beautiful pool, as well as a gorgeous garden. You can have your ceremony set outdoors just at the back of the villa and have instead your reception tables set up in the front garden. From here, you can enjoy the stunning views of the typical Tuscan hills, covered with vineyards and olive tree fields. You can get ready in the stunning bright and airy indoor rooms.
Check out Suzy & Adam’s day at Villa Petrolo
Villa Petrolo Website
6. Casa Cornacchi
Casa Cornacchi is a Tuscan country house located in one of the most stunning Italian landscapes. Casa Cornacchi offers a big park with several panoramic terraces and a pool area.
Nestled within wild bohemian forests, open valleys and green and golden hills, this astonishing villa is close to all the main Tuscan attractions and destinations.
At Casa Cornacchi they pride themselves on their excellent restaurant, surely a must-try for anyone obsessed with good food and good wine. They home produce most of the ingredients, focusing on the highest quality in order to deliver the most traditional genuine Italian recipes. Among other things, they produce their own wheat (using local breeds and grains) and other cereals, rare herbs and organic meats. They also produce their own red wine and organic olive-oil.
View of a vineyard in Tuscany.
This gorgeous Tuscan villa is ideal for weddings from 20 to 80 guests. If you are looking for a friendly and informal environment with typical Tuscan countryside character and focused on quality and traditional Italian food, then Casa Cornacchi is a venue you should really take into account.
For more info about this 16th century gem, visit their website.
Casa Cornacchi Website:
7. Castello il Palagio
Castello Il Palagio is a medieval Tuscan castle of the 13th century. It is located in the Chianti countryside, overlooking majestic hills of vineyards and olive groves. Its large garden can host big celebrations as well as more intimate and smaller ones. One striking aspect of this gorgeous wedding venue in Tuscany is surely its secular trees. Getting married just underneath them in an outdoor garden overlooking the surrounding Chianti hills, is simply priceless.
At Castello il Palagio the inner courtyard will definitely create a classy and unique atmosphere to any wedding reception.
Castello il Palagio Website:
8. Villa Cora
Since we are based in Florence, we thought it was only right to give you also an option closer to the city. Villa Cora is not simply “close to” Florence, it is in its heart. Situated only a stone's throw away from Piazzale Michelangelo, Villa Cora is the perfect option if you are looking to live an experience in a luxury, historic Florentine villa. Its proximity to the city centre also, will give you the possibility to enjoy the city even on your wedding day. If you instead want to stay outside the centre, you can always have wonderful photo options in the surrounding locations, like (as we mentioned), Piazzale Michelangelo, from where you can see the whole city, San Miniato al Monte or Il Giardino delle rose.
Villa Cora Website:
9. Villa Podernovo
Back to the Tuscan countryside, Villa Podernovo is an 18th century Tuscany holiday villa near Siena. This villa in Tuscany is an ideal venue for intimate and rural-chic wedding celebrations close to the Abbey of San Galgano, Chiusdino.
As we were mentioning before, the area is rich in history with worldwide famous sights and attractions that are unique to the region, like the roofless abbey of San Galgano and the Chapel of Montesiepi with its famous 'Sword in the Stone'.
You can decide to rent the villa and it can host up to 18 people, definitely a good choice if you want to spend a few days in a Tuscan villa with closest friends and family before your wedding day. It offers a beautiful pool and surely a plus side of this location is that it is not fully isolated. You will have the nice good feeling of being far from a busy city, but all the amenities can be found in the village just a few minutes walk from the villa.
View of the Tuscan countryside.
10. Borgo Stomennano, Siena
Borgo Stomennano is one of the finest and most authentic borghi in Tuscany, located only 15/20 minutes away from Siena and immersed in a relaxing landscape. It is probably the Tuscan venue more rich in history, which boasts remarkable historic visits like the one of Dante Alighieri, father of the Italian language. It was built on ancient Etruscan and Roman ruins that are still visible today. It offers a noble main villa, the typical Tuscan country houses where your guests can stay, astonishing gardens and an amazing pool area.
If you want to jump back in the past and live a real true Tuscan experience, then Borgo Stomennano is definitely a must-visit!
Views of Siena.
Borgo Stomennano Website:
We hope you will find this little list helpful and a good first step to start venturing in the most wonderful world of weddings in Tuscany. As we are only more than aware of how daunting planning a destination wedding might be, we recently published a FREE GUIDE with 13 key steps to take when planning a wedding in Tuscany.
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Happy planning everyone!
Benni & Carol xx
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