Covered by ancient woodland, tranquil olive groves and beautiful medieval towns, Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations in the world. With wine flowing from the surrounding vineyards, and a ceremony held under the bright Italian sun, destination weddings in the region are an absolute dream that guests remember for years to come. Best of all, Oliver’s Travels have a fantastic selection of the best wedding venues in Tuscany, ranging from grand chateaux to chic and rustic country houses.
We’ve gathered our top five from the collection; all spread out in different parts of the region for you to sample. If you would like to close in your search, have a chat with our wedding consultant who is happy to help you plan your day down to the tiniest detail.
Villa Soldani, Chianti & Arezzo
Capacity: 50-100 reception guests, 17-33 overnight guests
Price from: £8,787.00 / one week’s stay (plus additional wedding fees)
Enjoy a romantic country wedding at Villa Soldani, steeped in the enchanting atmosphere of the Arezzo province bordering on Chianti. The villa is eclectically decorated with fabulous antiques and can dine large parties by candlelight in the formal dining room (or even larger parties in the gardens and patio). Enjoy an amazing Tuscan wedding feast, prepared by the estate’s family chefs and accompanied by their own wines. The owners and staff at Villa Soldani sure know a thing or two about weddings and have even hosted a celebrity ceremony catered by Jamie Oliver. A Catholic ceremony can be held in the medieval church of Galatrona just opposite the villa, whereas civil ceremonies are best hosted in the town hall of Bucine or the Palazzo d’Arnolfo in San Giovanni Valdarno. The villa grounds themselves are best suited for symbolic ceremonies and, of course, the greatest of celebrations among the centuries-old cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards.
Villa Monte Nero, San Gimignano
Capacity: 22 overnight guests
Price from: £8,101.00 / one week’s stay (plus additional wedding fees)
Basking in the atmosphere of close by art cities Florence and San Gimignano is the magical old stone farmhouse Villa Monte Nero. With its traditional luxurious Tuscan stylings and 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside, it’s an impeccable site for a Tuscan wedding. The family who owns Villa Monte Nero has also operated a catering company for well over three decades, and they specialise in weddings! They can offer you the absolute best for your special day, with menus that are vast and never predictable. Every wedding at Monte Nero is built with the customer to suit them, from decor to dancefloor. After a big night of celebrating epic love, there are also luxurious spa facilities in the villa where the newlyweds can unwind in your their own private sanctuary.
Villa Bello, Montepulciano
Capacity: 30-50 reception guests, 10-20 overnight guests
Price from: £3,320.00 / one week’s stay (plus additional wedding fees)
Surrounded by the picturesque and seemingly endless country landscape near the Renaissance treasure of Montepulciano, you can have your perfectly chic and rustic wedding at the stately stone farmhouse known as Villa Bello. Some seriously romantic celebrations will be held here, situated on over 180 hectares of lush farmlands, surrounded by sunflower fields and looking out over beautiful hills and valleys. The villa can host the happy couple as well as a group of guests over four classic Tuscan apartments, whereas wedding celebrations perfectly tailored to your own wishes can be held in the landscaped gardens marquee. While the local wine is flowing, guests can dance the night away, explore the farmlands, gather on the loggia for a toast or sneak away for a quiet moment by the ancient stone table on the hillside. With a backdrop like this one, memories are sure to last.
Pape Touna, Siena
Capacity: 75-120 reception guests, 20 overnight guests
Price from: £5,440.00 / one week’s stay (plus additional wedding fees)
Less than an hour’s drive from the medieval city of Siena, the 11th-century Cistercian monastery known as Pape Touna awaits your intimate, romantic, country-chic wedding. The newly restored estate with its rustic finish, exposed brickwork and wooden beams create an inescapable sense of history for a wedding that embraces the landscape of the Val di Merse. The old monastery is close to the San Galgano Abbey where civil ceremonies can be held, as well as to the Chapel of Montesiepi for a religious rite. The gardens of Pape Touna are perfect for a symbolic ceremony and amazing celebrations held in the middle of the 200-hectare farm. Owners of the property will be thrilled to help you with planning and catering, and can arrange both a welcome dinner (maybe a pizza party?) and a brunch on the day following the wedding to help your guests recover after a big night.
Lorenzo Village, Tuscany
Capacity: 43 overnight guests, up to 75 guests outdoors
Price from: £10,025 / one week’s stay (plus additional wedding fees)
Situated within the rolling hills of Tuscany and boasting views over the surrounding vineyards, Lorenzo Village hosts 43 overnight guests within eight luxury apartments. Capturing an authentic Italian atmosphere with its cobbled courtyard, olive groves and terrace, this venue allows you to truly step back in time and connect with your closest loved ones – while also playing music outdoors until 1am.
The small 9th century church of San Lorenzo sits within the grounds for Catholic weddings, but you can also choose to get married outdoors among the sweeping gardens. Complete with an onsite restaurant that offers pizza nights, wine tastings and themed dinners in the days following your ceremony, it also serves as a wonderful base for exploring nearby Florence and Siena by car or train.
Now that you’ve had a little taste, we thought we’d remind you that Oliver’s Travels has loads more options to choose from with castles and villas all across Italy. So have a look at which of our properties matches your dream wedding venue and get in touch with our concierge and wedding expert who are happy to help you on your way to the big day.