Getting married in Lucca: the best Tuscan location for an unforgettable wedding

Posted by Benedetta - on 01/05/2021
Getting married in Lucca: the best Tuscan location for an unforgettable wedding
Lucca is ideal for hosting a wedding in Tuscany. It’s a precious pearl with an authentic style, with a magnificent historical center completely surrounded by an impressive Renaissance wall. The majestic Lucca Walls, four km long and thirty meters wide, were converted into a pedestrian promenade in the 19th century, becoming a large public park from where you can enjoy the splendid view over the roofs.
Lucca is one of the most beautiful artistic cities in Italy; still on a human scale, it is full of medieval and Renaissance treasures to be discovered while immersed in an elegant atmosphere. The city center holds amazing monuments and museums but also refined shops, where you can buy the best of Made in Italy craft, and historic restaurants where you can taste the delicacies of Tuscan cuisine.
Even the famous New York Times praised the wonders of Lucca in an article entitled "6 places in Europe offering shelter from the crowd ". The journalist Ingrid Williams, in fact, proposes the birthplace of the composer Giacomo Puccini as an "enchanting alternative" to Florence.
Many famous movies had been filmed in Lucca and its surroundings: check them out and start dreaming! In Jane Campion’s “The portait of a Lady” you can spot the elegant main street of Lucca, Via Fillungo, and Palazzo Pfanner, one of the most loved wedding locations. Same location for the Monicelli’s movie “Il marchese del Grillo” which also contains scenes filmed in Villa Torrigiani and Villa Mansi. If you want to know more about the coast and the seaside of our beloved Versilia, few km away, check out “The english patient” by Anthony Minghella to discover something about Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, or "Frenesia dell'estate" by Luigi Zampa and “La congiuntura” by Ettore scola, filmed in Forte dei Marmi.

Lucca, the ideal starting point for exploring Tuscany

In addition to being the perfect holiday destination to discover the most authentic and sophisticated Tuscany, the birthplace of the master Giacomo Puccini is very close to the Pisa and Florence airpoprts (35km and 70km, respectively). Moreover, within a bunch of kilometers you’ll find other wonderful places which are absolutely worth a visit:
Cinque Terre, in Liguria, five tiny breathtaking villages perched on the rocky slopes overlooking the sea: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, within 90 km from Lucca.
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, the city of Dante and Boccaccio full of breathtaking museums, is 80 km away.
Versilia and its spectacular seaside that host luxurious beach resorts, starred restaurants and renowned clubs, is only 20 km away.

Bolgheri, Montalcino and the Chianti region, with their celebrated food and wine tradition, are very close and easy to reach for a daily trip.

There are many reasons to get married in Lucca

If we have not yet managed to conquer you with the charm of Lucca, here are some other reasons that might persuade you that this is the ideal city to set a wedding in Tuscany:
Countless locations for every couple: from the magnificent historic villas and their fairytale gardens, to small venues hidden in the fascinating city center; from the typical farmhouses to the most luxurious hotels, you have plenty of choices.
Costs are drastically lower than in other popular places in Tuscany such as the Chianti region or Florence.
● Lucca is ideal for any kind of ceremony either civil or religious. Those who want the religious ceremony should keep in mind that Lucca is also known as the "City of a Hundred Churches".

Where to get married in Lucca

There are many different kinds of wedding venues in Lucca. The villas, for example, are perfect for hosting an elegant and exclusive reception. Almost all built in the sixteenth-century and located a few km away from the city center, the villas of Lucca are treasure chests filled with charm and history. In the past they represented the power and the wealth of the local aristocracy, nowadays they embody the refinement and the taste of the spouses who choose them as wedding locations. Another great advantage of getting married in a villa is the possibility of celebrating the civil ceremony there, thanks to a resolution of the Municipality of Lucca.
There are also many small locations hidden in the historic center, ideal for a stylish and refined microwedding. Greenhouses, lofts and elegant buildings, but also sculptors' studios and other unusual places that will make your wedding a true experience and an unforgettable memory for you and your guests.
Couples preferring the bucolic mood, on the other hand, will be enchanted by the splendid rustic stone farmsteads, farmhouses, boutique hotels, oil mills and cellars located on the hills and in the surrounding countryside, always at a very short distance from the historic center.
Finally, as we mentioned, for those who want to have a religious ceremony, Lucca is the ideal choice. The city is home to many magnificent old churches such as San Frediano, San Michele and the Cathedral of San Martino, just to name a few.

Tuscan food and wine

Of course it's impossible to talk about a wedding in Tuscany without mentioning the fabulous wines and fantastic cuisine. Suspended in between ancient traditions and modern reinterpretations, local food and wines are a journey through strong flavors with a marked personality. Some of the finest and most famous wines in the world, in fact, are born here, from “Chianti Classico” to “Brunello of Montalcino", from “Nobile of Montepulciano" to “Bolgheri DOC”. These amazing wines are worth to be tasted especially in their sites of production which offer the possibility of a meaningful visit, to enjoy an immersing experience between cellars and vineyards.
Every single town in Tuscany has its own traditions and special recipes and the Lucca cuisine is a journey to be discovered. From the typical “tordelli”, a tasty halfmoon-shaped pasta filled with meat, to “buccellato”, a sweet bread with aniseed and raisins, or from the “castagnaccio”, a cake made with chestnut flour, to the “torta coi becchi”, a delicious blend of sweet and salty vegetable pie. We are sure that every day spent in Lucca will be a truly unforgettable sensory experience for you and your guests.

Ph. Credits: Alessandro Colle

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