Getting Married in Florence
Weddings in Italy are often about making the most of the natural beauty of the Mediterranean surroundings. Tuscany certainly provides plenty of sandy beaches, olive groves and gently rolling hills, making it a perennially popular choice with brides and grooms-to-be.
This is also true for Florence. Florence provides a wonderful Italian Wedding experience; blending culture with typically Tuscan surroundings. Thanks to the surrounding countryside, it’s easy to have a Destination Wedding that combines nature with history perfectly.
Weddings in Tuscany’s Capital, Florence
Whilst rustic Italian Weddings in traditional Tuscan vineyards or scenic estates may be romantic, one of the region’s most popular wedding destinations is Florence. Not only is the city Tuscany’s capital, but it is also considered a cultural capital of Italy, with a rich history, spectacular renaissance architecture and some of the most magnificent art in the world.
Unsurprisingly, the city is Tuscany’s most populous, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the past, it was the country’s epicentre for trade, and this illustrious past made it the perfect location for renaissance art and architecture to be born. Visitors strolling through the city will find treasures around every corner, and if you’re Getting Married in Italy, you’ll find it difficult to pick a destination more atmospheric than this one.
Where to Get Married in Florence?
If you want a Catholic ceremony, a great option is to get married in one of the many small churches that surround the city. Several offer great views of the city below, and it’s also likely that you’ll be able to find a villa close by, where you can hold the reception. This option is popular, as it offers proximity to Florence, whilst enabling you and your guests to enjoy the serene Tuscan countryside.
Florence also has a lovely Gothic Protestant Church near the centre of the city where you can have a religious ceremony. In this case the civil wedding would still need to take place in Italy or in your country. In Italy Protestant weddings can also be celebrated outdoor, in any reception venue. So you can choose a Villa, a Medieval Castle or a farmhouse in the nearby countryside and we will organise an English speaking pastor to celebrate your union.
If you’d rather have a civil ceremony, you have a few options. You can get married in one of the frescoed halls, Sala Rossa, Sala Lorenzo and Sala Cinquecento, of Palazzo Vecchio. This is an impressive historic building which serves as Florence’s City Hall and it’s right in the heart of the city; making it a great location for couples seeking to get married amidst the bustle of Florence.
You can also get married outdoor, at ilGiardinodelle Rose. A beautiful and colourful rose garden terrace with a stunning panorama. Other options are offered by Villa Vogel, also used as part of the town hall, and Bardini Museum, if you wish to get married among pieces of art.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Married In Florence?
Churches require a donation to celebrate a religious ceremony. This vary on the Church and starts from 300 euro. Should you require to have a civil ceremony prior the religious one then town hall costs would apply as well.
Civil ceremonies prices vary according to the space chosen. Florence town hall celebrates weddings only on certain days of the week and only at certain times. Prices for non-resident couples arebetween €2500 -€5000 for the Sala Rossa at Palazzo Vecchio, the Giardinodelle Rose and the Sala dei Cinquecento (prices as at 2016).
Exploring the City After the Wedding
Florence is an ideal location to spend a few days after your wedding, and has plenty of things to see and do. The Uffizi Gallery is renowned throughout the world for its art, particularly its religious iconography, and of course, whilst near the gallery, you can visit Michelangelo’s ‘David’. Florence’s famous renaissance-style Duomo (cathedral) is also not to be missed, as is the iconic bridge, the Ponte Vecchio. Of course, much of the charm of the city comes from simply exploring its narrow streets, sampling the food in a street café and watching the world go by.
You can catch the train to Pisa, and visit the famous Leaning Tower, or to Siena or other beautiful Tuscan towns. If you wish to go further afield you can reach Liguria, a nearby coastal region, and visit Cinque Terre with their picturesque surroundings as many more famous Italian destinations.
All Year Round Appeal
Like most of Italy, Florence is blessed with a warm, Mediterranean climate. In the summer months, it’s not unusual to see temperatures soaring above 30˚C, and even out of season, you can expect to enjoy a pleasant 15˚C, right through until early October.
However, a major advantage of Getting Married in Florence is that, to an extent, the weather doesn’t matter. The city may not be bathed in sunlight in December, but at around 10˚C, it’s still relatively comfortable to be outside, and you’re still surrounded by the remarkable architecture; only with less crowds to impede your view!
How to Get to Florence if You’re Getting Married in Italy
Any Tuscany Wedding is fairly easy to get to, thanks to plentiful international flights in and out of the region and good rail links. Florence Airport is close to the city, and from there, it’s easy to either take the airport bus directly to the city, or hire a car or taxi.
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