If you were waiting for the best moment to plan your italian wedding without spending a fortune, you should get moving because the time is now! Luxury villas, mediaval castles and charming hamlets immersed in vineyards and olive trees or … Continue reading
One of the best ways to have an authentic italian wedding is to celebrate in a tuscan hamlet. A hamlet or “borgo” is defined as a small hilltop village that in the past was typically comprised of old stone barns and farming sheds interconnected by winding footpaths sharing a common courtyard. Generally these hamlets offer incredible views of the tuscan countryside creating a spectacular backdrop for wedding celebrations. Since Italian preservation law forbids major external restoration of these old hamlets they maintain the charm and allure that “old” Tuscany has to offer. Luckily, major internal renovations are allowed and some of these hamlets are restored into amazing luxury retreats offering everything under the sun from horse back riding to spa treatments. Tuscan Hamlets are an excellent choice for couples looking for an authentic Italian experience while providing maximum privacy for guests who will be located in the village but will have their own tuscan apartment within the hamlet.
There are tuscan hamlets available for all budget ranges and group sizes. Since finding an amazing luxury hamlet is quite easy I thought I would provide a great example of a Hamlet with a terrific quality to price ratio. Castle Florence 2 has all the characteristics of a tuscan hamlet yet includes a central castle, several small stone villas and an adorable on site chapel. This particular location can comfortably hold 31 guests in 13 apartments located within the villas. Indoor and outdoor areas can easily hold 100 guests making it an excellent choice for someone looking to enjoy a real tuscan experience in your own private hamlet. This is the entrance to the on site castle and the front garden is generally where a wonderful cocktail hour can be organised with sweeping views of the tuscan countryside. The entrance to the on site chapel is rustic, simple and authentic. In this case, less is more. The wood beamed ceilings, the terra cotta and the minimal decor creates a truly magical space. From a few wildflower arrangements to large formal floral decorations , the options are endless. Think of it as an empty canvas…. Castle courtyards provide the intimacy and the warmth of a tuscan celebration. Here you can let your inspirations and imagination go wild to create an unforgettable reception dinner. Apartments in hamlets offer your guests their own kitchen and a lot of space. Generally there are BBQ set ups available, a pool and outdoor lounge furniture to maximize relaxation. The best thing about hamlets is it provides maximum privacy for your guests yet it allows your guests to stay close to family and friends. And there is certainly one thing I cannot forget……the details. Whoever said ‘it’s all in the details’ could not be more right. The charm of a small window, the allure of hanging vin santo barrels, the colour of wild flowers growing in unexpected places… this is what exemplifies the true beauty of tuscany! For more information regarding this hamlet check out Tuscania Events or if you would like us to suggest a hamlet location appropriate to your guest number and budget, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org I would like to thank photographer and Tuscania Event client, Mick Habgood for choosing Castle Florence 2 and for capturing the beauty of the location with his fantastic photography!