The best 7 Florence Wedding Venues

9 November 2015

Florence is one of the most popular destinations in Italy for planning a wedding abroad.

It’s not a surprise that many couples choose the capital of Tuscany to organize their wedding. Florence has always been one of the most loved and well-remembered destinations by tourists from all around the world who have spent here a few days off or a period of study. The Beauty of the Duomo, the stone streets of the old town, the romantic sunsets of Piazzale Michelangelo, with the sun setting behind Ponte Vecchio and the Arno are just some of the attractions that the city offers to its visitors.

newlyweds hug each others with the dome of florence in the backgroud

If getting married in Florence is your dream, the city presents everything you need to plan and customize your Italian wedding. Would you like to exchange vows and rings outdoor on a terrace with a view at sunset, with the sound of a violin in the background? Would you love to arrange the reception in a garden in the heart of the old town of the Tuscan city, a few steps from the Uffizi? In Florence, you can.

Florence is the starting point for a dreamy honeymoon in the most popular destinations in Italy: the Amalfi Coast, the Lakes and Venice are reachable within a few hours. Also, Florence is located in the heart of Tuscany, a few steps from the rolling hills and the historical towns of San Gimignano and Siena.

view of florence at sunset

The best 6 Florence Wedding Venues

Castello di Vincigliata

Castello di Vincigliata is undoubtedly the most popular venue for weddings in Florence. The castle is located on the hills of Fiesole, a few minutes from the city centre.
From here, the view of Florence will leave your guests breathless!

the castle of vincigliata from the drone

Here you can:

  • Organize the ceremony in the garden with a view;
  • Arrange the outdoor alfresco reception in the inner courtyard of the castle;
  • Take advantage of the imaginary scenario for the wedding photos, or go out to take pictures in the vineyards and the olive groves;
  • Fantastic atmosphere at night, with dozens of torches that illuminate the various areas of the castle.

newlyweds posing with the castle of vincigliata as beackdrop
the courtyard of the castle decorated for the wedding reception

For the wedding reception, it is necessary to hire a caterer. The Castle can accommodate any number of guests. Due to popular demand, we recommend booking as soon as possible, at least a year in advance.

Villa di Maiano

Not far from Castello di Vincigliata, this beautiful villa of 1400 is ideal for those seeking a historic house for the wedding. The villa is located on the hillside overlooking the city of Florence.

villa di maiano at dusk shot by the drone

In Villa di Maiano you can:

  • Organize the ceremony in the Italian garden or under the branches of an old tree;
  • Arrange the reception outdoor on the terrace in front of the facade;
  • Organize a Catholic ceremony in the beautiful church of San Martino a Maiano adjacent to the Villa;
  • Take romantic wedding pictures at sunset in the garden;
  • Organize the first dance inside the historic residence under an imposing antique chandelier.

bride and groom posing for the photographer in the garden of villa di maiano

For the wedding reception, it is necessary to hire a caterer. The villa can accommodate more than 200 guests.

Villa Cora

Villa Cora is an ancient villa located just a few minutes from the historic centre of Florence. Inside, a fantastic 5-star hotel, perfect for the organization of elopements and weddings with a few dozen guests.

aerial photo of villa cora in florence

Here you can:

  • Organize the ceremony in the Sfingi garden;
  • Organize the reception in one of the four charming halls of the villa;
  • Take the wedding photos in the most beautiful viewpoints and within the fabulous Sala Degli Specchi, among centenarian frescoes and gilded decorations;
  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

the facade of villa cora
a moment during a garden ceremony at villa cora
the mirror hall in villa cora set with a long table and candles before the wedding reception

The hotel also offers a poolside restaurant with renowned cuisine.

Villa la Vedetta

Villa La Vedetta is an ancient historic villa next to Piazzale Michelangelo, the terrace with the most beautiful view of Florence. Inside there is a 5-star luxury hotel. The structure is not very big, but it offers all the necessary space to organize the event.

aerial photo of villa la vedetta at sunset during the reception

Here, in fact,  you can:

  • Organize the ceremony in the garden;
  • Organize the reception on the rooftop terrace, with stunning views of the cathedral and the city;
  • Take the  wedding photos in the most panoramic  points of  the city and the old town;
  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

villa la vedetta at dusk

Villa Le Fontanelle

Villa Le Fontanelle is located in Careggi, not far from the centre of Florence, in a panoramic spot. The villa is a hotel which provides a few but charming rooms for the stay of newlyweds and families.

villa le fontanelle at dusk

Villa Le Fontanelle is very beautiful, with its massive tower with a view, and also offers a large park and a lovely pool. Here you can:

  • Organise a symbolic ceremony in the garden or a religious ceremony by the beautiful tiny church;
  • Spend the cocktail hour in the shade of secular trees;
  • set the dinner on a long Imperial table under a canopy covered by wisteria tree with a view;
  • Get yourself ready together with the bridesmaids inside one of the pretty provencal-style rooms of the villa – with a lovely view of the garden as well.

the garden of villa le fontanelle
a table under the canopy
the tower of villa le fontanelle at dusk

Villa Le Fontanelle is not huge, so ladies will be glad not having to walk too much on your wedding day. Please see a real wedding I shot there.

Four Seasons Hotel

The hotels of the Four Seasons franchise certainly do not need any introduction. The Four Seasons in Florence is located in the historic centre of the city, a few steps from the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery.

Here you can:

  • Organize an intimate ceremony in the frescoed chapel of the hotel;
  • Arrange the ceremony and the reception in the secular garden, the only one in the old city centre;
  • Arrange dinner at the Conventino, an ancient church inside the property;
  • Take advantage of the best spots of the Old Town for the wedding photos.

the roads of the garden of the the four seasons hotel of florence with reinassance decorations
newlyweds posing the in the garden of the four seasons hotel in florence with the view of the dome

The hotel features an awarded restaurant and the possibility of staying in the suites. The Four Seasons Hotel is the ideal location for intimate elopements and weddings with hundreds of guests.

St. Regis Hotel

The St. Regis Hotel is located on the banks of the River Arno in the historic centre of Florence, just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio. It is a luxury hotel, ideal for large and small receptions but also for romantic elopements.

Here you can:

  • Organize the Catholic ceremony in the neighbouring church of Ognissanti
  • Organize a civil ceremony in  the Red Room of Palazzo Vecchio
  • Organize a welcome cocktail at the hotel’s winter garden under beautiful antique chandeliers
  • Organize the reception in  the hall of the artists, among  centuries-old frescoes
  • Stay overnight at the hotel

groomsmen posing for the photographer in the hall of the st regis hotel of florence

Your favourite Florence Wedding Venue

These are some of the hundreds Florence Wedding Venues. If you have been in a lovely villa or castle in Tuscany, send us an email with your suggestions. We would be happy to publish it on this page!!

Are you getting married in Italy? Is there anything we can do for you? Feel free to drop a line if you have any questions!
bride holding the dress with her hand and a ring