Introducing the first of our Italian wedding venues in our virtual showcase.
As we are unable to travel currently to Italy and therefore not able to plan any venue search trips, I have decided to bring you a virtual showcase of Italian wedding venues. Over the next few weeks I will be publishing regular blog posts on a number of venues, one every few days. Please keep a look out for them as I am planning to write about some truly special Italian wedding venues.
This is just one of 10 Spectacular Luxury Wedding Venues in Tuscany showcased in my free download which you can access here.
Villa di Maiano
Villa di Maiano is a privately family owned villa, located in Fiesole, which is a small town in the hills immediately above Florence. The property benefits from the most spectacular views of Florence and the surrounding countryside. Villa di Maiano is known for being the location of the film “ A Room with a View”.
Villa di Maiano is an Italian wedding venue that is available for one day exclusive hire on a “dry hire basis”. What do I mean by this?
- One day exclusive hire: the venue is yours – and only yours – for the day: no one else will be present either in the grounds or inside the property
- Dry Hire: – all you are hiring is the venue and the grounds; everything else is left for you to organise yourself. This can sound overwhelming, but it gives you the opportunity for a totally bespoke wedding. Villa di Maiano (or your wedding planner) will be able to recommend suppliers such as catering, floristry, entertainment and production and so on. My advice, when booking a dry hire Italian wedding venue, such as Villa di Maiano, would be to consider employing ideally a wedding planner. If this is not an option, then at the very least you should hire an on the day coordinator. This will ensure that everything is set up and executed on the day exactly as planned.
You may decide to hold a religious ceremony in a Church or the Florence Synagogue. Alternatively a civil ceremony at the Fiesole Town Hall would be a possibility. But if you want to host your ceremony on site at Villa di Maiano, you have a number of options.
Last summer I planned a wedding at Villa di Maiano where we used the former carriage driveway (now used for car parking) for the Jewish wedding ceremony. This was a first for this Italian wedding venue.
Guests arrive at the carriage driveway first, so neither the inside of the villa, nor the beautiful gardens are revealed at this stage. The carriage driveway provides an opportunity for a ceremony in the round, enveloped in the surrounding trees and providing an intimate atmosphere with the villa (from where the bridal procession commences) as a backdrop.
Looking at these photos, I am sure you will agree it is hard to imagine this space as a car park, following its transformation to wedding ceremony venue.
The Oak Garden
Following your ceremony in the carriage driveway, your guests walk through the Oak Garden to reach the main area for the wedding reception. The Oak Garden is another (in fact the venue’s usual) ceremony location. Located to the side of the villa, it is shaded from the sun and has very special views of the Florence countryside. If you don’t use the Oak Garden for your ceremony, it could be used for your drinks reception, although personally I prefer the main terrace (see later).
For smaller guest numbers, the Italian garden is a wonderful setting for an intimate ceremony. If you don’t use it for your ceremony, it could be used for your drinks reception or alternatively just for photographs.
Your final possibility for your wedding ceremony at Villa di Maiano is the olive groves, which are just outside the properties walls.
The main “space” for your wedding reception are the rolling lawns and terrace, to the rear of the villa, which overlook Florence and the countryside. A spectacular setting for your wedding celebrations at this Italian wedding venue. The gardens feature a wide terrace which overlooks both the Italian garden and, more spectacularly, the most impressive views of Florence and the countryside. I like to encourage guests onto this terrace for the drinks reception and then host the dinner on the lawns immediately in front of the villa.
You are able to dance outside at Villa di Maiano until midnight, but your indoor after party can continue through until as late (or as early) as you like.
You will undoubtedly be planning to host your wedding outdoors, but we do have to plan for wet (or cool) weather. You have various Plan B options at Villa di Maiano.
Inside the villa there are several rooms, including the main ballroom, the red and green rooms and the carriage room. Should you need to move your celebrations indoors there are several options for each element of your day.
The recently renovated Limonaia is the perfect space for your wet weather indoor wedding ceremony. It is also used for after parties.
There is no overnight accommodation at the property so you and your guests will stay elsewhere. Most of my couples choose hotels in Florence, but Fiesole itself has a number of lovely options nearby to the villa. A benefit of not being able to stay on site is that your wedding venue can remain a closely kept secret with the big reveal happening only as guests arrive for your wedding. There is a bridal room on site so that you arrive ahead of the guests and complete your preparations before the start of your ceremony.
Should you wish to discover more about this Italian wedding venue, Villa di Maiano, you can visit its website or you can contact me directly either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my website. You can also call me on + 44 203 930 9459.
Photos by David Bastianoni