Castel di Poggio, Florence, Italy is a stunning back drop for wedding celebrations. It’s position, high on the hills above Florence, just outside the village of Fiesole, will give you and your guest’s some of the best views possible in Tuscany. It is quite a drive along some typical Italian winding roads but believe me it is worth the effort to get there and you will certainly be the envy of your friends. This is where Italian’s hold their weddings – a gorgeous secret yet to be discovered by UK brides.
There has been a castle on this site since 1348, with the current building dating back to the late 19th century when the owners at the time reconstructed the original medieval style structure. The last owners, Italian nobility The Baduel, left the castle to a foundation, which still administers the estate today.
As you arrive, the solid walls of the castle become apparent; an amazing building surrounded by lawn that is shaded by the pines on the edge of the forest surrounding the castle. The Cypress trees, so prevalent in Tuscany, nestle amongst great oak trees and ancient chestnut trees, the trees occasionally giving way to statues and gorgeous olive groves. Plenty of space to just ‘be’ and enjoy the peace and stillness for a few moments ‘away from the madding crowd’.
Enjoy an ‘aperitivo’ with your guests on the lawn in the shade of an olive tree, before floating along the red carpet into the castle, where you can feast in the Salon. The tables are prettily laid out under the beautiful vaulted ceilings and you descend a grand staircase to the applause of your guests. The tradition in Italy is to have your wedding ‘cake’ made in front of you. A vast confection of meringue, fruit and cream. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a local tradition and I would urge you to do so. Or alternatively take inspiration from Laura and Alessio’s cake, a flower shaped artwork of pastry and summer berries.
Come night time you dance under the stars in the central courtyard. Surely the most romantic way to bring to a close the most amazing day of your life…..
Make sure that this Italian jewel is on your ‘must see’ list for a destination wedding venue.
And just one more thing….Prosecco is very popular in Italy rather than Champagne. It’s got a great taste and the very best comes from the north of Italy, Valdobbiadene which is part of the Veneto region of this amazing country.