The city of Arezzo lies on top of a hill in the middle of the three Tuscan Valleys of Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana and its origins date back to Etruscan and Roman times, boasting many important artistic treasures like the magnificent, still-intact Roman Amphitheater.
The splendour of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is present everywhere, like in the wonderful frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the Gothic Cathedral or ‘Duomo’, the wooden Crucifix by Cimabue in the Church of San Domenico, the impressive Loggia by the famous architect and historian Giorgio Vasari and the house of the poet Francesco Petrarca. Lovers of antique furniture and gold jewellery can enjoy the charming antiques fair held every first Sunday of the month, as well as the stunning Medieval pageant called the Giostra del Saracino or Joust of the Saracen, held in September and June when the locals wear full Medieval costumes.
Arezzo is the perfect place to get married while enjoying art and culture. Enjoy its numerous Medieval churches, castles and monasteries or simply explore the nature and simplicity of the footpaths through the forest of the neighboring Casentino National Park. Italian director Roberto Benigni captured the Medieval city and the authentic charm of its piazzas and streets in many scenes of his movie 'La Vita è Bella' (Life Is Beautiful).
Legal Civil Ceremonies can be held in the magnificent Town Hall, Palazzo dei Priori, an original 14th century palace with a wonderful loggia in the famous main square, Piazza della Libertà. The Ceremony can be celebrated in one of the Medieval Halls or in the Council Room, unique for its frescoes and paintings by Giorgio Vasari.
Catholic Ceremonies can be celebrated in one of the gorgeous churches inside the city centre, like the magnificent Cathedral, or Duomo. Arezzo also offers a stunning selection of villa hotels, castles and restaurants for a unique Wedding Ceremony and Reception.
The tiny, Medieval town of Cortona is surrounded by hills with vineyards and olive groves. Its dominant position over the valley offers one of the widest and most spectacular views of the Valdichiana hills, Sienese mountains and even the fairy-tale lake, Lago Trasimeno.
The foundation of Cortona remains mixed in legends dating to classical times, up to late Renaissance reworkings under Cosimo I de' Medici. One legend claims that 108 years after the Great Flood, Noah entered the Valley of Chiana, or Valdichiana, via the Tiber and Paglia rivers. He liked the fertile land so much that he settled there for thirty years. Later, Noah's son Crano, discovered the hilltop and, liking the high position, fine countryside and calm air, built the city of Cortona on it 273 years after the Great Flood.
As a more modern claim to fame, Frances Mayes’ best selling book “Under the Tuscan Sun” is based on her time in Cortona and the movie was also filmed there. You can even catch a glimpse of the famous private Villa “Bramasole”, if you can find it! There are actually two: the real one and the villa that was used in the film.
Civil Ceremonies in Cortona are held in the impressive Town Hall, Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, a magnificent 13th century palace located in the main square of Piazza della Repubblica. It is easy to reach through the typical Medieval narrow streets. A picturesque flight of steps leads to the Civil Ceremony Room, where rich frescoes and an original Medieval stone fireplace make the perfect setting for an intimate and warm ceremony.
Religious Catholic Ceremonies can be celebrated in one of the ancient churches of the area that have been recently restored. The Romanesque Duomo or the Neo-Gothic Santa Margherita, as well as various other chapels, are just a few examples of locations for a Catholic Ceremony.
Anghiari, a small, Medieval jewel set on a stone hill, located on the Tuscany - Umbria border, will transport you back in time. This characteristic village is enclosed by large, 13th Century stone walls and with its narrow streets, stone houses and wooden doors, still preserves the ancient atmosphere of Medieval times. The many artisan shops, furniture workshops, antique restorers, towers and churches are only some of the treasures that make this small town one of the most original villages in Tuscany. The countryside around the small village, including ancient monasteries and archaeological sites, only add to its untouched atmosphere.
The valley at the foot of Anghiari is the site of the historic “Battle of Anghiari” of 1440, between the army of Florence and that of Milan. The Florentines won the battle and the victory was commemorated by Leonardo Da Vinci’s fresco painting on the right wall of the Salone del '500 in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Although this great work has been lost, the town remains a very charming place. Anghiari still offers amazing views over the fields of the epic battle.
Civil Ceremonies are held at the Town Hall, or Palazzo Pretorio, at one time home of the old Court House. On the ground floor are a number of dungeons, a chapel and a fresco of La Giustizia (Justice), a work from the 15th Century, most likely attributable to Antonio di Anghiari, the first local teacher of the great Piero della Francesca. Its facade is decorated with the coat-of-arms of the various ‘vicari’ and ‘podestà’ (administrators and judges) that carried out the administration of justice on behalf of the Florentine government.
Legal Catholic Ceremonies can be celebrated in one of the many churches and chapels. Anghiari also offers a nice selection of villa hotels, castles and restaurants for a unique Symbolic Ceremony and fun Reception.
Poppi is a medieval village located on top of a hill in the Casentino valley, surrounded by a wonderful National Park. As you walk through the cobbled streets and tiny squares, Medieval buildings with stone arches lead you to a fantastic castle, where its magical atmosphere takes you back in time.
The small town is rich in priceless masterpieces of art, castles and churches. Legal Civil Ceremonies can be celebrated at the Castello di Poppi in an intimate, frescoed hall or in the courtyard adorned with the coat-of-arms of ancient governors and Florentine Vicari.
The Medieval town of Montepulciano is located on a steep hill, completely surrounded by cypress trees, offering one of the most spectacular views of the Valdichiana and Valdorcia valleys. Located in Southern Tuscany, it is only a few kilometres from Montalcino. Montepulciano is internationally famous for the production of the red wine Vino Nobile, but the city itself is also a Renaissance jewel. With its tiny alleys, a wonderful clock tower and old stone houses, it is certainly a must see for anyone visiting Tuscany.
The magnificent main square, Piazza Grande, set on the highest point of the town, boasts breathtaking views of the beautiful valleys. The Grand Square is surrounded by noble palaces, the wonderful well ‘Pozzo dei Grifi’ and the Duomo cathedral. Walking outside the square that faces the Duomo and the ancient Palaces, couples have a unique frame for memorable wedding photographs. Both inside the city and in the surrounding countryside, Montepulciano offers scenic venues for ReligiousCeremonies, Blessings or SymbolicCeremonies that can be held in one of the several Castles, Villas, Abbeys or Farmhouses dotted alongthe enchanting landscape of infinite fields of wheat, olive trees, sunflowers and grape vines.
CivilCeremonies are celebrated at the 14th century Town Hall, Palazzo Comunale, one of the main attractions of Montepulciano, thanks to its central tower, reminiscent of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Montepulciano's Renaissance-era Town Hall, overlooking Piazza Grande, has a beautiful inner courtyard and terrazza, as well as an elegant Wedding Hall, furnished with antiques and original paintings.
The whole area offers unique Accommodation & Reception Venues: independent Villas with beautiful gardens and pools, perfect for a wonderful Wedding Reception or simply for a relaxing dream vacation, recently restored ancient abbeys, transformed into Luxury Hotels and hundreds of small Country Houses, B&Bs and Farmhouses that take you back in time to old, ancient Tuscany.