"Rising out of the remote Tuscan countryside, Castello di Vicarello is a romantic 12th Century fairytale castle with majestic views of the Maremma hills and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards."
Rising out of the remote Tuscan countryside, Castello di Vicarello is a 12th Century fairytale castle with majestic views of the Maremma hills and Tyrrhenian Sea. The estate boasts its own vineyards, olive groves and hunting reserve and beyond the privacy of the grounds lay 160km of coastline just waiting to be explored. With Sienna, Rome and Florence close by, your wedding party will be perfectly positioned to take advantage of the many delights that Italy has on offer.
Cleverly blending antique frescoes with modern design, the owners of Castello di Vicarello have carved a unique venue into the Tuscan landscape. Outside classic red brick and stone walls create a sense of history and enchantment; whilst inside the decor is suitably modern and genteel. This wedding castle is reminiscent of a romantic medieval dwelling, think Robin Hood meets Casanova. If you want to be swept off your feet by one of Italy’s hidden charms then this could be the venue for you.
Castello di Vicarello offers you the choice of a civil ceremony in its manicured grounds or, for those who prefer, a Catholic ceremony in one of the neighbouring churches. From 30 to 100+ guests the day can be as understated or flamboyant as you wish. Whether you choose to say “I do” fringed by the olive trees of the castle, or simply to return after your nuptials for an evening of celebration, your genial hosts will take care of every detail.
Create a relaxed and intimate ambiance with drinks around one of the two infinity pools or opt for a more dramatic feel in the medieval courtyard. During the winter months you could treat your guests to canapés by firelight. Another special feature of this wedding venue is the cuisine. Owner Aurora Bacchieschi Berti, once a cookbook author, will delight your taste buds with fresh produce from the castle grounds. Make sure your first toast is with the estate’s award winning wines and as the sun sets revel in the romance of your first dance: under the Tuscan stars.
Wedding couples should take advantage of Villa Chiesina, the castle’s spacious two-storey cottage tucked away in the privacy of the gardens. With 6 other suites to choose from your guests will be able to enjoy the landscape from a mix of Tuscan or Indonesian inspired decor. Relaxation is paramount with one of the infinity pools concealed by the ground’s 1,200 olive trees and the other exposed to panoramic views. Guests can take cookery lessons with Aurora, unwind in the Spa or even exert themselves on a wild boar hunt or ‘Tuscan Safari’ (seasonal). The personal touches offered by Castello di Vicarello will create a magical wedding unique to you.
Italy’s Tuscany region is beautiful in all four seasons, however many venues and hotels close during the winter months for yearly refurbishment works when tourism is particularly low. The spring months during April-May can offer pleasant temperatures in the low 20’s, blue skies and bountiful spring blooms, but rainy days are also inevitable. The summer months of June-August bring long hot summer days and warm evenings, perfect for al fresco dining. The autumn is the perfect time to host an intimate dinner celebration by open fires and views across the vineyards with their turning gold and red leaves.
There are two nearby churches who are able to carry out ceremonies, these are located in Paganico and Poggi del Sasso.
At Castello di Vicarello there is no need for a wedding planner (unless of course you want one). They will take care of the food and assist with arranging the music, flower arrangements, table settings, marquee and any other details required. The civil ceremony can be accommodated on property or for a religious Catholic ceremony that can provide details regarding the nearby church.
The following information is for guidance purposes only and will differ according to your nationality. To legally wed in Italy you will need to contact the local comune (town hall) before making any plans to find out about local marriage laws, including what documents you’ll need. You will need to get a certificate of no impediment (CNI) from the authorities in the UK to prove you’re allowed to marry. Your partner will need to follow the same process to get their own CNI. You can normally get a CNI by giving a notice of marriage at your local register office or registrar in the UK. A CNI issued in England, Wales or Northern Ireland is valid for 6 months. A CNI issued in Scotland is valid for 3 months. They’ll post your notice, and as long as nobody has registered an objection after a specified number of days (normally 15 or 21), they’ll issue your CNI.
While you’re waiting for your CNI, you and your partner will need to make a statutory declaration before a solicitor or public notary. The Italian authorities will need this in addition to your CNI.
You’ll need to get your statutory declaration and CNI ‘legalised’ (certified as genuine) by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). You’ll also need to get your CNI translated and sworn before the Italian courts or an Italian Justice of the Peace.
The names on all documents you provide must appear exactly as they do on your passports - if not, the authorities may refuse to allow the marriage to go ahead. You may need to provide evidence if the name on your passport is different to your birth certificate (eg marriage certificate or deed poll).
You can deposit your marriage certificate at the General Register Office (GRO) in the UK for safe-keeping after your wedding - this isn’t a legal requirement. Check with the commune to see if they can issue a multilingual marriage certificate for you after the ceremony. If not, the certificate will have to be translated into English.
Please note that at the current time of writing same sex marriages are not officially recognized in Italy.
At Castello di Vicarello wine and food are of the highest standard and many of the ingredients are grown on the property and are organic. Specialising in traditional Tuscan dishes and the freshest and best cheeses, fruits, meats, breads and oils, you can rest assured that your wedding meal will be well catered for.
The estate's gardens are filled with lavender, roses, rosemary and olive groves and offer beautiful views of the Tuscan hillside. For weddings in the estate's gardens they recommend a marquee/tent for parties of more than 80 guests, for smaller parties then a marquee is not necessarily needed (unless wanted) as the celebration can be moved inside incase of bad weather.
Sensitively restored and elegantly decorated the guest suites feature original stone and brick walls and a tasteful melange of antique and modern furniture, with the occasional oriental touch. Four suites overlook the castle courtyard, whilst three more occupy outbuildings within the verdant gardens of white roses, lavender and ancient olive trees. The natural spa offers some holistic treatments, reflexology, shiatsu and Yoga lessons or simply relax in the sauna or Turkish bath.
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