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Destination Wedding: Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy is rich with culture, architecture and delectable eats. You really can’t go wrong celebrating your wedding here. It is the perfect combination of romance and history, home to many legendary masterpieces of the Renaissance era. If you are considering getting married in Florence, Italy, here are some things to know!

Legal Requirements

Each country has its own legal requirements pertaining destination marriages. For Canadians wanting to get married in Italy here are the requirements;

  • A valid Passport

  • A Birth Certificate

  • Record of Divorce or Death Certificate (if you have been married prior)

  • A certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage (obtained from your embassy in Italy)

To avoid some of the legal complexities that come with getting married abroad, some people make it official in their home country and stage a ceremony with a reception following in the destination location.

For more details take a look at this government of Canada website:

Best Time to Go

Ideally the best times to travel to Italy is when the weather is warm enough to enjoy the outdoors and gorgeous scenery. So you would be looking from anywhere in between April to September. Florence, Italy is a very popular tourist destination, and tourism tends to be the most heavy during the summer months. It reaches its peak from June through to July. We would recommend going in April or early May to avoid a bit of the hustle and bustle. Plus the weather during this time isn’t too hot!

Best Places to Stay

The top 7 hotels in Florence Italy are as follows;

  1. Portrait Firenze

  2. Hotel David

  3. Villa Cora

  4. Hotel Davanzati

  5. The St. Regis Florence

  6. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

  7. Ville Sull’Arno Hotel

Best Wedding Venues

1. Grand Hotel Villa Cora

2. Palazzo Corsini

3. Villa Vignamaggio

Best Photograph Locations

When it comes to taking photographs in Europe, you simply can’t go wrong. Every corner you turn hold opportunity for stunning photography. However here are a few ideas for some photography spaces in Florence;

1. The Boboli Gardens - filled with tropical flowers, shrubbery, trees, ponds and marble statues.

2. Piazza della Signoria - the centre of many historical episodes and the home of several famous statues such as the replica of Michelangelo’s Statue of David, the Fountain of Neptune, Hercules and Cacus as well as Perseus with the Head of Medusa.

3. Ponte Vecchio - A beautiful stone bridge crossing the Arno River with boutique shops and jewelry stores.

4. The Rose Garden under the Piazzale Michelangelo - filled with ancient plants and artwork with a stunning panoramic view of Florence.

Happy planning, Cassandra

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