Getting Married in Chianti
When you think of Tuscany, you can't help but think of Chianti, the most famous area of Tuscany, which is located right in the centre of the region between Siena and Florence. Celebrated for the incomparable natural beauty of its colorful, rolling hills, cypress tree alleys, olive groves and vineyards, it is truly a magnificent panorama that you won't want to miss. Among the landscape one can enjoy a view of ancient castles, Roman churches, farmhouses and stone villas, making Chianti one of the most stunning places to get married in Italy.
The biggest town in Chianti is Greve in Chianti, followed by Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti and the smaller Gaiole in Chianti. Each town has its own unique character and it is worth exploring each one. Getting married in Chianti is surely the best way to discover some of the most original treasures in Tuscany: Medieval Castles, Historic Town Palaces in the heart of tiny walled Medieval towns, Villas, Farmhouses, Hotels and Resorts. All of these types of structures are all available to suit every style and budget, not only for for an unforgettable Wedding Ceremony and Reception but also a perfect holiday or honeymoon.
The Chianti area offers the best selection of ancient City Halls for a romantic Legal Civil Ceremony and beautiful country churches for a unique and intimate Catholic Ceremony. Exclusive Wedding Receptions can be held on the grounds of private independent Villas with pools or at ancient Farmhouses and vineyards, with possibilities for such activites as wine tastings with your guests, exploring the many magnificent wines produced at that same villa. Reception Venues like historic Villas or Medieval Castles can also be rented exclusively for your Wedding day and set up in all different ways to create the wedding of your dreams.
Getting Married in Gaiole in Chianti
Gaiole in Chianti is surely one of the key wine producing towns of Chianti, but is also well known for the production of extra virgin olive oil. The territory is home to more than 100 wine farms and the area is a charming mixture of modern architecture of wine producers juxtaposed with medieval Castles and buildings, secular churches and abbeys, fortifications and hamlets.
Gaiole in Chianti has recently been named by Forbes Magazine the most idyllic place in Europe. Between the picturesque scenery and the fabulous food, you can't go wrong in Gaiole. It is famous for its Sagra della Bruschetta, held every year in mid September, where you can taste local specialties, especially of course, bruschetta! Most of the restaurants, bar and shops are concentrated around the main piazza. Artisans sell their wares, perfect gifts to bring home for a small reminder of your wedding.
Legal Civil Ceremonies in Gaiole are held at the Palazzo Comunale (town hall) that faces the lovely romantic central square framed by typical wine shops, cellars and handcrafts. An elegant staircase leads to the first floor to the tiny wedding hall with wonderful wooden ceiling that is perfect for intimate and romantic civil ceremonies. Imagine your closest family, friends and loved ones gathered in an ancient town hall to watch you say your vows!
Gaiole in Chianti is also perfect to celebrate Religious Ceremonies as one of the most interesting characteristic of Gaiole in Chianti is the presence of several Roman churches which are among the most ancient in Tuscany. They have preserved their original structures and ancient beauty within their stone walls. Furthermore several Chianti Castles and hamlets have their own churches and private Chapels suitable for Wedding Ceremonies, where it is possible to arrange Religious Blessings and Symbolic Ceremonies with no legal value.
Getting Married in Castellina in Chianti
Castellina is the closest town in Chianti to the territory of Siena and it is entirely located within the Chianti Classico wine zone. The origins of the town are very ancient as shown by the Etruscan necropolises just outside the centre. Castellina came to prominence in the mediaeval period exeplified by the many magnificent fortified farm houses and tower houses dotted through the territory. The wonderful Medieval Fortress “Rocca di Castellina” that dominates the city and is today the seat of the Town Hall, which is a main site of interest thanks to its spectacular atrium, council chamber, Sala del capitano (Captain's hall), courtyard and medieval well.
Castellina is a vibrant town with lots of happenings in terms of night life and festivities, more so than other areas of Chianti. There are lounges and bars where you can enjoy a typical Italian "aperitivo" before dinner. One of the biggest events of the year in Castellina is the Pentecostal Wine Fair around Easter. You can buy a glass and move from stand to stand in the vaulted gallery under the old town walls. Exhibiting are usually around 50 to 100 local vineyards that only produce a few thousand bottles of wine per year.
Inside the tower of the Fortress in the “Sala del Capitano”, with its thick ancient walls, iron coat of arms, original furniture and a huge fireplace create a fairy tale magic atmosphere for Legal Civil Wedding Ceremonies. Walking outside the tower it is possible to enjoy a magnificent view over the town and the surrounding countryside from the panoramic terrace. Memorable photos can be shot walking through the Via delle Volte (road of the Vaults) an impressive arched passage originally used for military purposes dug along the walls from where it is possible enjoy secrets and undiscovered views of the Chianti hills.
Getting Married in Radda in Chianti
Radda in Chianti is a small hamlet located on a little hill that still preserves the harmonious and geometrical form of the middle ages with the typical narrow streets, as well as part of the original walls and fortifications. Around Radda there are hundreds wine farms located among rolling hills completely covered with forests and extensive vineyards that produce a great part of the wine made in the entire Chianti region. The landscape will surely mesmorize you and even if you are not a wine enthusiast, you can’t help but love the location and its stunning panoramic views.
Among all the beautiful historic buildings, the ancient Town Hall Palazzo Pretorio, dominates the small town with its incomparable beauty. Legal Civil Ceremonies are held outdoors under the beautiful Loggia framed by the secular arches dating back to the fifteenth century, with its wonderful maiolica heraldic coats of arms, once symbols of the noble local families. Walking outside the loggia couples can shoot memorable photos in the lovely square richly filled with flowers and around the gorgeous fountain, a wonderful piece of art.
There are several wonderful Castles where it is possible to arrange wonderful Religious Ceremonies and Wedding Receptions while enjoying one of the most spectacular views in Tuscany. There are many charming medieval churches, ancient abbeys and Roman style country chapels that are available for a Religious Catholic Ceremony in Radda in Chianti, as well as all around the wonderful country area surrounding the hamlet.
Radda is surrounded all around by vineyards and driving through you can see many signs at almost every winery that say "degustazione", making it easy to organize a special wine tasting for all your family and friends joining you in Tuscany. Why not offer a bottle of the local red as a wedding favor for your loved ones?
Getting Married in Greve in Chianti
Greve is the leading city of the Chianti area and the most representative of the region, as the world famous wine festival is held here every September. Greve is perfectly placed at the heart of Chianti, with a convenient position about halfway between Florence and Siena, which makes it an an ideal base for exploring Tuscany.
For couples planning a Religious Ceremony there are many examples of Roman Churches to choose from, dotted along the scenic hills and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Get married in the centrally located Santa Croce Church with it's neo-classic facade. Built on the site of a medieval church, it still displays several masterpieces from churches in the local surroundings. One of the most important works is the 14th century fresco of the Virgin Mary with Child and a 15th century triptych by Lorenzo di Bicci. Getting married with a Legal Civil Ceremony at Greve Town Hall means walking in the famous triangular square framed by ancient buildings, porticos and loggias with picturesque wine cellars and local food shops. Today Greve is home to one of the the largest and most varied markets of Tuscany where you can buy genuine products and interesting items of local artifacts and antiques.
Greve in Chianti is a very fun, lively town hosting regular events, including food and wine festivals with great music and fantastic markets year round. Don't forget to stop by the Wine Museum which boasts a wide selection of wines to taste. Every Saturday the main square boasts a vivacious market with stalls selling fresh fruit and veggies, cheese, olives, household goods, flowers and of course, wine! Greve is surrounded by delightful villages with many castles that include original fortified hamlets and, thanks to careful restorations, elegant residences and famous estates perfect to held your Wedding Celebration.