Thanks to all the beautiful women he met, he wouldn’t have any problem with the choice of his sweetheart! But if James Bond was about to get married, I’m sure he would have considered eloping in Tuscany for the purpose! By the way, it’s not a coincidence that almost all the films in the series of 007 are partly set in Tuscany. No other place in the world offers a variety of landscapes as rich and varied. The beautiful Eva Green or Halle Berry would not think twice about saying Yes in Italy to spend their honeymoon here, between art and rolling hills.
Why Eloping in Tuscany
Although bureaucracy is troublesome, the symbolic ceremony is the simplest thing to arrange in Tuscany. In addition to beautiful sceneries, there’s everything you might want for a romantic getaway: good food, art, sweet life, culture and relax.
Among the infinite possibilities available, the choice of venue to elope is the hardest decision. In two hours, you can see both the mountains with the snow and the beach; along the way, dozens of breathtaking views, lakes and untouched nature.
Elopement in Florence
Getting married in Florence is one of the easiest things to do. For those who are looking for a civil ceremony, the City Hall of Florence provides the beautiful Red Room in Palazzo Vecchio, in Piazza Della Signoria. Being in the city centre, this is just the starting point for a photo tour through Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, and Piazzale Michelangelo.
The Torre di Bellosguardo is located in a picturesque spot, very close to the centre of Florence. The hotel is an ancient villa, expertly renovated, with a big lush park. Here you can organise your intimate ceremony with a view in one of the many spots of the property. Your wedding photos couldn’t come out better!
Alternatively, a symbolic ceremony might be held on one of the magnificent terraces of the hotels. The Hotel Torre Guelfa and the Hotel Baglioni might be some of the possible venues.
Medieval intimate wedding
If you are looking for an idea out of the ordinary, Certaldo, San Gimignano and Volterra are right for you. These are three medieval towns little-known abroad. The three town halls are impressive: very different stylistically, but truly exceptional.
Should you prefer symbolic rite, farmhouses in the countryside are the perfect place. You can plan a lovely ceremony through the olive groves, or in front of an expanse of vineyards that stretch to infinity. Calm, organic food and the excellent wine guarantee a pleasant stay to those beginning here their honeymoon.
Elopement in a fairytale castle
Have you always dreamed a wedding in a castle? Castello del Trebbio is what’s right for you. This venue provides the inner courtyard of a medieval castle as the locations of the symbolic (or civil) ceremony. All around, the rich Tuscan landscape of Chianti.
Inside the property, charming apartments and a renowned restaurant. The local vineyards also produce an exquisite wine. Furthermore, the castle is located less than thirty minutes from Florence. It’s perfect for a romantic stay a few steps away from Italian history and culture.
Eloping in a boutique hotel
La Bandita is one of the most iconic places throughout all Tuscany. It is located a stone’s throw from Pienza, set among the wonders of Val d’Orcia. La Bandita is literally lost in its own scenery; there’s not a comparable spot throughout all Italy. It is an ancient villa, expertly restored by the American owner who, once saw this place for the first time, never returned. The villa provides just a few rooms, well-equipped with all amenities. The decor is Country-Chic. If you wish to spend a few days of total isolation with your loved one, the Bandita is the place for you.
A few years ago, Gaiole in Chianti had been elected one of the happiest villages in the world by the New York Times. Gaiole is located in the centre of Chianti, surrounded by legendary vineyards, and allows a lifestyle healthy and environmentally friendly. Here, in a scenic spot, is Capannelle Winery, a charming boutique hotel with a few rooms (but lots of wine!), a great place for honeymoons or elopements. In addition to the fabulous panoramic swimming pool, Capannelle provides a lovely garden, in the centre of which there is a canopy, the most beautiful place for a sunset ceremony ever.
Get married in the countryside
In the popular imagination, the landscape of Tuscany is all about hills yellowed by the heat, and the dark cypresses silhouetted against the blue sky. If this is what you want to see in the background during the ceremony, you should consider an elopement by The Lazy Olive, in Asciano. This small resort is a rustic gem nestled in the enchanting Tuscan hills. The ceremony can be organised in the garden, perhaps at sunset, or by the beautiful panoramic swimming pool.
Conti di San Bonifacio is a luxury resort located in Maremma, an unspoilt area in southern Tuscany. The ancient villa rises on a hilltop, with a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside and vineyards. In addition to the renowned restaurant, the property offers luxurious rooms, sophisticated settings and a fabulous pool with a view. Beginning the honeymoon here is a daydream.
Eloping in an Italian-style villa
Vignamaggio is located in Greve, in the famous area of Chianti. It is an ancient village, renovated and converted into a delightful luxury hotel. Villa Vignamaggio provides numerous spots for your elopement. The facade of the villa and its garden, so authentic, are the perfect backdrop for every wedding photo.
The lush vineyards will make your wedding pictures unforgettable. Vignamaggio is also one of the best venues for big weddings, so it must be booked early in advance. Here you can see some photos of a real elopement at Villa Vignamaggio.
If the countryside is not for you, and you’re looking for a chic, elegant environment in a beautiful natural setting, Villa Il Poggiale is the solution. This lovely residence located in San Casciano Val di Pesa, in the middle of the Florentine Chianti area, is famous for its gorgeous scenery and excellent wine. Within this Villa, the property features a hotel with luxury rooms. A beautiful pool, great food, and local wine will make your stay unforgettable.
Elopement in the seaside
Although not known for this, Tuscany is washed by the ocean. Should you wish a wedding by the sea, Tuscany offers a beautiful archipelago, just in front of the coast, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Elba is the largest and most equipped island. Why not considering the idea of organising a symbolic wedding on the beach? This might only be the first day of an unforgettable holiday, made of salt, sun and relax!
In Tuscany, there’s everything you might need for a fairytale wedding!