ITALY PORTFOLIO : Tuscany, Amalfi, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore etc.
Say "I Do" in Italy!
I present here a selection of venues I have carefully inspected, and am in contact with. New properties are continuously being added. Please call or email me for detailed information.
Villa Le Fontanelle. The Tower
Villa Le Fontanelle. Flowering wisteria
Villa Le Fontanelle. Outside setup
Charming 15th Century Villa that Once Belonged to Medici Family - Villa Le Fontanelle
This elegant and charming Villa, immersed in the greenery of a Tuscan hill, while still located within the Florence’s city borders, is an ideal spot for an unforgettable and fashionable wedding. With its views of the Duomo from the Villa’s many vistas, the main terrace overlooking the city and the olive groves, this Villa is one of the finest in the area. The historic building once belonged to Cosimo Medici, but was given by him to a fellow citizen Marsilio Ficino, to appreciate his contribution to the city’s rich culture.
The aerial view
Fairy-Tale Medieval Castle - Castello Di Vincigliata
This infinitely charming medieval castle belonged for centuries to important Florentine families, but was sold to cover debts and became completely abandoned in the 17th century
In 1840 a famous English politician and connoisseur of culture, history and entertainment, Sir John Temple Leader, was exploring the area and came upon the overgrown ruin of a medieval castle. He instantly fell in love with it and decided to restore it to its former glory.
Sir John decided that Vincigliata was the perfect place to host his many noble friends. In the pure spirit of Renaissance patronage, he commissioned an impressive amount of work, and 10 years later Vincigliata was reborn more beautiful than ever.
For nearly a century, the medieval castle has belonged to the Graetz family. Bought by the current owners’ grandparents who used it as their residence, the castle continues to enchant many couples and gives them a unique chance to experience the magic of a one-of-a-kind wedding.
The gorgeous city view from the terrace. Florence
The ceremony garden
Romantic Neo-Renaissance Villa - Villa La Vedetta
What can we say? If you belong to those kinds of people who sing: ”I want it all, I want it now”, - then Villa La Vedetta is for you. It is located in the heart of Florence, two steps from Piazzale Michelangelo and The Rose Garden – but while these popular spots are always crowded, the Villa offers you the same magnificent views of the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio in full serenity. It is surrounded by lush greenery and gardens and gives you a feeling of space and intimacy. A luxury hotel, the Villa possesses modern comfortable rooms and suites, has a swimming pool and a great restaurant on-site. But nothing in our opinion beats the magnificent terraces (the small one is located on the rooftop), which would make your wedding and your wedding photos unbelievably beautiful and almost surreal.
Delightful and Intimate Villa - Villa Le Piazzole
This intimate and charming villa, located on a Tuscan hill -- but within the city borders -- was built by the wealthy and famous Florentine family Acciaioli at the end of the 15th century. Despite its close proximity to the never-sleeping center of Florence, the Villa conveys serenity and calm, being surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The delicious olive oil and wine produced at the villa would be a delightful addition to your event menu. You and your guests can easily spend a few days here, partaking in a wine and olive tasting, participating in a pizza-making class using the villa’s own ancient brick oven, or driving 500 Fiat Vintage car in Florence countryside to satisfy every taste.
A wedding ceremony
A celebration dinner in the grand gallery
The villa view
Renaissance Medici's Villa with Magnificent Gardens and History of Opulent Parties - Villa Corsini a Mezzomonte
Villa Corsini a Mezzomonte was initially built at the end of the 15th century and soon became a property of Lorenzo Medici. During its long history, the Villa belonged to many prominent families, including other Medicis, and since the 17th сentury belongs to the noble Corsini Family. It is a great example of the Renaissance style, with its ample spaces, magnificent galleries covered in beautiful frescoes, gorgeous views, and charming gardens developed in varying styles of horticulture.
Villa Corsini a Mezzomonte is an exquisite place for elegant weddings and unforgettable celebrations, where guests can enjoy the picturesque Tuscan countryside while being close to Florence.
Magnificent Medici Villa and Wine Estate - Villa Medicea Di Lilliano
If the warm, sun-blessed stones of Villa Medicea Di Lilliano Wine Estate could tell a story, it would be one of ambition, royalty and change.
One immediately falls in love with this magnificent place for its relaxed elegance. Breath-taking views, picturesque vineyards and olive groves, roses and citruses in a beautiful garden, a panoramic terrace, and a variety of activities on offer will delight you and your guests.
Talented caterers, musicians and florists are here to make your wedding unforgettable and enchanting.
The main hall
The floral decor
Exclusive 19th Century Luxury Villa - Villa Cora
For those who love being pampered to the max and being surrounded by luxury and bustling city life, there is no better choice than Villa Cora, a 5-star luxury hotel!
The Villa was built for Baron Oppenheim and soon became the center of bustling capital life. Add your name to the list of a series of highly distinguished guests of this opulent place and create a high-class luxury wedding of your dreams!
The aerial view
A wedding reception setup
10th Century Spectacular Castle with Renaissance Elements - Castello Di Vicchiomaggio
This Castle, surrounded by an immense park, was rebuilt into a villa in early 14th century. Historically it played an important role in defending Florence against its many enemies.
Leonardo Da Vinci worked here on his famous Mona Lisa.
The castle has become a national monument known for its beauty.
In addition to a lavish reception, a religious wedding ceremony can be held directly in the Santa Maria Chapel located on the property.
Villa Gamberaia -by PrimaveraDreams
Spectacular Villa with Breathtaking Views - Villa Gamberaia
This strikingly beautiful Villa was built in the early 17th century and is well known for its magnificent gardens. It is located on the hills near Florence and offers a beautiful non-obstructed view on the city. The serenity and beauty of its garden has always attracted painters, architects and celebrities, who selected this place for lavish celebrations.
The Villa has spacious and beautiful interiors and a variety of charming outside spaces to assure a unique and unforgettable wedding.
The evening setup
foto David Bastianoni
Exquisite Frescoed Villa with Lavish Gardens - Villa Il Salviatino
The Villa Il Salviatino is located on a steep slope south of Fiesole, overlooking Florence. A modest farmhouse in the 14th century, set among informal terraces planted with vines and olives, the house was purchased in the 15th сentury by the Bardi family, famous bankers of Florence, who rebuilt it in such a palatial fashion that when it was subsequently sold, the new owner named it Palagio (palazzo) dei Tegliacci. In the 16th century it passed to Alamanno Salviati, who had it sumptuously frescoed and furnished; thus it gained its name as the Villa Il Salviatino. From 1973 to 1987 the Villa Il Salviatino housed Stanford University’s overseas program, Stanford in Italy. A few years ago, the Villa was restored and refurbished as a boutique luxury hotel. Boasting gorgeous grounds and spaces, beautiful views, and proximity to Florence, this is highly desirable and sought after wedding venue.
Gorgeous Medieval Castle with Ample Surroundings - Castello Il Palagio
Overlooking the green Chianti hills, this Castle is ideally situated to celebrate exclusive weddings within its prestigious, historical, and architecturally significant walls.
Built in the 13th century, the castle was extensively restored in 1800, which brought grand neoclassical elegance to its medieval style.
The choices for indoor and outdoor celebrations are abundant, and convey a message of class and authenticity. A charming and unforgettable wedding is guaranteed at this enchanting place!
Magnificent Historic Fortress and Wine Estate - Castello Banfi
This strategically important castle existed for centuries, taking its current shape in the 1700s. Becoming a the notable wine producer of the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino, other great wines, and a top-quality olive oil, the castle now attracts visitors from across the globe with its luxury accommodations. The authentic beauty of the estate, the extensive activities for guests, the top quality of services and food -- an unforgettable, stunning wedding is guaranteed!
The cake cutting ceremony
The recepton setup
The Perfect Combination of Medieval and Renaissance - Castello Di Montegufoni
This Castle dates back to the 12th сentury, and was restored in the 17th сentury by the noble family of Acciaioli.It has a magnificent tower built on the model of the one of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Here at Castello Montegufoni, the rise and fall of the hills fades into the distance in shades of blue, giving a sense of serene space. The Castle still retains a certain medieval flavor, which easily and quickly blends smoothly with its Renaissance refinement and solidity.... What a delightful place for a wedding! Experience Chianti: celebrate and enjoy!
Sorrento Coastline - The Grand Hotel Angiolieri
The Grand Hotel Angiolieri is a charming Mediterranean gem and a perfect place for an incredibly beautiful wedding. Overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, this hotel sits on top of the hill and is covered with greenery. Its Michelin-star restaurant is ready to satisfy your gourmet desires, guaranteeing to spoil you and your guests
Magnificent and Stunning -Villa Di Maiano
The gorgeous and spacious building is surrounded by splendid
For aficionados of popular video games “Assassin’s Creed II” and “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood”, the Villa Maiano bears a striking resemblance to the Villa Auditore, which appears in the games.
This historically rich Villa once belonged to a succession of the most distinguished Florentine families. After centuries of concessions, it finally became the property of Sir John Temple Leader in 1850. The eclectic English politician made the Villa his residence and the center of his affairs, beginning with the overall renovation of the area.gardens, and offers impressive panoramic views of Florence and picturesque Tuscan hills.
The Villa is luxuriously decorated inside, and has an on-site chapel.
It has hosted many famous guests, including Queen Victoria, who in 1893 made a few sketches of the pond for her album of memories.
Amazing Medici Villa with Spectacular Views - Villa Artimino
This impressive Medici Villa was built in the record time of four years at the end of the 16th сentury, as a hunting lodge for the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici and his court. The Villa always left its guests awestruck by its opulence and magnificent views. It is known as the “Villa of 100 fireplaces” and once housed paintings by Titian, Caravaggio, and Giusto Utens, which are now part of the Uffizi gallery collection (but we can still admire their reproductions, here).
The villa has a variety of beautifully decorated rooms and halls, and inviting gardens, to choose for the ceremony and reception.
Castello Di Verrazzano
The Castle is situated on top of a splendid hill in the Chianti Classico wine region. It was originally an Etruscan, and then a Roman, settlement. Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the Bay of New York and the main part of the East Coast of North America, was born here in 1485.
The winemaking in the castle dates many centuries back (first documents trace back to the 12th century). Famous for its wine and “agriturismo,” the castle could be an ideal wedding venue for those who enjoy good wine, delicious and exquisite food, and gorgeous views while sitting on the beautiful terrace or in an Italian-style garden. Please note: for weddings, the castle exclusively uses the catering vendor “Galateo”. The castle uses its own chef for other events, such as rehearsal dinners etc.
Stunning 15th Century Villa with Facade Attributed to Michelangelo - Villa Belmond San Michele
Nestled on a beautiful hill overlooking Florence, this 15th Century Villa and its gardens represent an idyllic picturesque view. The charming façade of the villa is attributed to Michelangelo. The whole building is an excellent example of Italian Renaissance.
The gardens are opulent, with hundreds of rose bushes and lemon trees. The villa features a gorgeous galleria terrace with stunning views; modern and well-appointed guest rooms, a relaxing pool, and state-of-the-art spa all convey a sense of indisputable luxury.
The Four Seasons Hotel
A passer-by would not guess what a treasure is hidden within the walls of the Four Seasons hotel in Florence, located just steps from the heart of the city. Exchange your marriage vows in style in the Palazzo Vecchio – and minutes later, enjoy the hotel’s beautiful, grand, and yet intimate garden! Host an elegant, delicious reception for your guests, while occasionally glancing at the Duomo’s famous Dome! The fabulous dancing hall is beyond description, and will round off your occasion beautifully.
Sumptuous Luxury Hotel with Lush Gardens - Excelsior Vittoria
It is easy to fall in love with this luxurious, aristocratic, and truly elegant hotel - one of the best in the world. What an incredible place for a wedding, with gorgeous surroundings both inside and outside! What pure splendor! Those views of the Bay of Naples! These lavish gardens with statues and lemon trees! The perfume of roses in the air, and the splashes of the Mediterranean sea in the distance! The top-notch restaurant with distinguished service completes the picture.
Historic Medieval Village and Famous Vineyard Estate - Il Borro
Delight yourself and your guests in the welcoming estate of the Ferragamo family!
If, while celebrating your wedding you would love to forget about the world around and dive into a fairy tale, if If, while celebrating your wedding, you would love to forget about the outside world and dive into a fairy tale... If you want to celebrate in a unique place that has witnessed centuries of history but offers all the modern luxuries ... If you recognize grand names such as Medici and Savoy... If you enjoy taking the time to savor great wine and food, but also like to be active… then, Il Borro is your destination. If you want to celebrate in a unique place that has witnessed centuries of history, but has all the modern luxury within the reach of a hand, if you like grand names such as Medici and Savoy, if you enjoy great wine and food but to also be active, then Il Borro is your destination.
Delight yourself and your guests in the welcoming estate of the Ferragamo family!
Splendid 15th Century Villa - Villa La Torrossa
The core part of this charming villa was built in the 15th century as a small palace for the prominent Florentine family of Parenti. Some original frescoes and a grand stone fireplace still adorn the Villa to this day. With the succession of its owners, the Villa changed in appearance, adding an elegant tower at the end of the 18th Century, which gave the villa its name.
In the 1930s, the villa became a residence of the famous Chilean sculptor, Rebeca Matte Inhirez, who used it as her atelier. The sculptor’s oeuvres, such as Nike of Samothrace, are still present in the Villa’s garden. The villa is perfect for a romantic wedding, with a lush ivy-covered gallery for the couple to make their grand entrance, flowered gardens, and gorgeous views.
15th Century Pictorial Castle Surrounded by Olive Trees - Castello Di Oliveto
The Oliveto Castle was built in 1424 by a noble and wealthy Florentine family named Pucci and remains one of the most beautiful fortified villas in Tuscany.
The construction and the design are attributed to Filippo Brunelleschi. Even during his work on the Dome in Florence, he found the time to follow the Castle’s construction works.
The Castle, located on top of a hill and well protected by walls and towers, is an ideal place for an unforgettable classy wedding!
Historic Castle - Castello di Gabbiano
This impressive Castle, built in the 11th century, belonged to a branch of the Bardi Family, some of the wealthiest bankers in Florence. It was used to defend important roads between Florence and Siena.
Simultaneously, the property began producing high-quality wine and olive oil – an important tradition, which has carried on for centuries. The owners of the Castle have changed multiple times but the production of great wine, such as Chianti Classico, remained uninterrupted. Today the Castle belongs to the Beringer Blass winemaking company.
The Castle’s breathtaking views, elegant gardens, modern hotel facilities, a famous restaurant, and top quality wines, make this place a top choice for a wedding or rehearsal dinner.