Lucca is a magnificent, walled town set in a landscape of unequalled beauty, full of history and works of art. Located in Northern Tuscany, towards the coast, Lucca has some of the best Gothic and Romanesque architecture in Tuscany. In its surrounding areas you will find several 17th and 18th Century villas with magnificent parks and Italian gardens which are perfect for picturesque Civil Ceremonies and memorable Wedding Receptions.
Civil Ceremonies in Lucca can be held at one of the many grand Villas just outside the town, and also at the wonderful historic Palazzo Orsetti, located in the heart of the city. Built in the 16th Century, over the foundations of a Medieval structure, Palazzo Orsetti is a typical Renaissance style building. The entrance is framed by a magnificent stone arch, the walls are adorned with paintings and frescoes and a grand staircase leads to the Wedding Hall where Civil Ceremonies are performed. Ceremonies are held in the Sala Verde embellished with beautiful frescoed ceilings, soft, green, silk fabrics, wallpaper and furniture, creating a refined and luxurious setting, perfect for a wedding.
Otherwise if you choose one of the magnificent Reception Villas, your Civil Ceremony can be held outdoors in the gardens facing stunning facades, surrounded by beautiful parks and unique panoramic views. These historic Villas, once the private residences of noble families in the area, have been perfectly restored to hold elegant and exclusive Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions.
Each villa has a different look and charm, but they all offer a luxurious, historical ambience for all kinds of celebrations. Close to the villas you will also find many romantic churches and small chapels where you can celebrate an intimate Religious Ceremony and Symbolic Blessing.
Montecarlo di Lucca, a small hilltop village, located at the base of an ancient fortress dominating the surrounding valley, is renowned for the thermal waters but also for its Roman architecture and beautiful surrounding countryside. Even if it's a very small borgo, Montecarlo di Lucca even hosts 6 churches; the oldest one, called Pieve di San Pietro, dates back to 846, and could be the perfect spot for your Catholic Ceremony.
Driving North instead, Barga is a destination not to be overlooked. The city is a lovely hilltop town with typical medieval characteristics, including its narrow streets. It is well-known for its famous annual music festival "Opera Barga", held in July and August.
Civil Ceremonies can be celebrated in the Mayor's room or on the Mayor’s terrace with a breathtaking view over the Serchio valley, Apuan Alps, the red-roof buildings and the Duomo tower. The ancient Palazzo Pancrazi, the Town hall, is located in the old Medieval, walled quarter with small piazzas, characteristic shops, art galleries and stepped streets, each offering their own different beauty.