Civil weddings in Tuscany: amazing towns and venues!

Civil wedding venues Tuscany

Where can I have a civil ceremony in Tuscany?

Can I have a legally binding civil ceremony on private premises?

These are some of the questions we are most often asked by foreign couples wishing to tie the knot in our famous region.

Generally in Italy, and therefore in Tuscany too, civil ceremonies are performed by the Mayor or a delegate in the Town Hall or in a venue belonging to the local municipality. Tuscany has some beautiful historic town halls, which are a magic frame for an unforgettable ceremony.

Civil ceremony itself consists in the reading of 3 articles of the civil code which the mayor must read out before the marriage declaration is stated. It is usually very formal, but it can be enriched with music, readings and vows to make it really romantic and involving.

Getting married in the fabulous Sala Rossa in Florence and taking pictures in Piazza della Signoria, or in the Sala del Concistoro in Siena and then having a toast in Piazza del Campo, is a wonderful experience for newly weds and their guests.

Beside the wonderful cities of art there are many small villages and towns spread around the countryside that are authentic jewels.

One of the most popular is certainly the small village of Certaldo Alto. Medieval historic centre of Certaldo is situated on the top of a hill and it is reachable also by a lovely cable railway, a nice and funny alternative to buses and cars. After the ceremony you can take wonderful pictures around the picturesque narrow streets while your guests can sip a glass of Tuscan red wine in one of the small bars near the Palazzo Pretorio.

Famous village of San Gimignano with its towers overlooking the Tuscan countryside is among the most desirable destination for a civil ceremony in Tuscany. The town hall is set in the heart of the village and the ceremony can be performed in its main hall named Sala Dante or in the Medieval cloister.

For those who are looking for somewhere equally beautiful but a bit less crowded and more intimate, we can highly suggest magic Volterra. It’s another medieval jewel situated between Siena and the Tuscan seaside. The hall of Palazzo dei Priori ,with its vaulted ceilings and frescos, is the ideal spot for a Tuscan civil ceremony. Volterra and its nice roads are another authentic and charming setting for pictures and a refreshing toast with the guests before heading back to the party.

We also love the small Town Hall of Radda in Chianti, situated in the middle of the most famous Tuscan wine regions: Chianti. Here wedding ceremonies can be performed under an amazing loggia, which is the entrance of the Town Hall itself. A really cosy and fascinating background for a Tuscan wedding.

In some areas of Tuscany you can get legally married on private grounds. These venues must be licensed by the local government. With this option you may have the possibility of getting married in very exclusive venues ensuring more privacy for you and your guests. Last but not least you can even save some costs in transfers…everything can take place in one place!

Just to give you sample of the many settings available…

A beautiful Castle dating back to the 15th century, where ceremonies can even be celebrated in the garden if the weather is good.

A lovely and cosy country house with rooms and apartments surrounded by olive groves, where you can have a bucolic legal ceremony followed by a delightful al fresco party.

The garden and the halls of a magnificent Medici Villa not far from Florence.

An enchanting farmhouse near Lucca with private villas where you can stay with your guests for a week and enjoy a typical Tuscan wedding dinner after the civil ceremony held on a terrace overlooking the hills.

Or an ancient convent now renewed set near the sea built in 12th century, where ceremonies can be set up by the pool with a breathtaking view.

We can only mention here some of these wonderful venues, but please feel free to contact us to get a complete and detailed selection. We will be happy to help you finding the right location for your civil ceremony in Tuscany.

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