-The most romantic destination in the world-
Tuscany has this magnificence about it, that makes a destination wedding or a trip there a lifetime experience. It’s hidden in the air, in the food, in the warmth of people that learned to love under the great Mediterranean sun. I consider myself very lucky. My being a destination wedding photographer allows me to travel the world with my couples, feeling the same excitement every time I step on a plane. This time it was Italy. I took a couple of weeks off and decided to find the best pasta recipe, the most tender red wine, and the picturesque corners of Italy’s mainland!
Florence, my love
Oh my! Florence and its views … whether from rooftop terraces, from bridges over the Arno, or Bellosguardo (a still-secret spot), the views can take your breath away. In addition to all that, there is also Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers the most incredible view of the city and overlooks the many churches of Florence and the Arno River.
The best time to enjoy it is around sunset. Take your time to walk up the hill; it’s a nice stroll. Then, once you’re up on the huge Piazza, sit on the steps, enjoy the street music, have a drink, kiss your loved one, and take in the glorious sunset. For me, this is one of the most beautiful views in the whole wide world. A destination wedding in Florence would be a
Siena, my dear
Siena is romantic, small, full of beautiful medieval buildings, and less crowded than Florence. It has a very long history, dating back to the Etruscan era. Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena, where you must spend some of your time once in town.
It’s a huge shell-shaped square and is also considered one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. In Siena, people love to stroll around the city center’s streets and then go trekking in the nearby countryside (the epitome of Tuscan Landscape!). It’s no secret that Tuscany is home to the best wine in Italy, Siena is no exception. The city is located between the Chianti region and Montalcino, so it’s heaven for wine enthusiasts (me included!). Doesn’t a destination wedding in Siena sound like the dream?
Val d’orcia, my muse
If any spot in Tuscany can lay claim to perfection, it’s the Val D’Orcia. Medieval castles, sinuous gills, ancient villages, gorgeous farmhouses, isolated homesteads, roads lined with cypress trees, fabulous vineyards and olive groves, and golden fields of grain and sunflowers: these are just some of the elements that form the fantastic and harmonious landscapes of the Val d’Orcia.
The great beauty of Val d’Orcia, at least for me as a destination photographer is the colors; its skies, its fortified towns, farmhouses, rocky landscapes, churches, and endless fields – this sheer poetry is inspiring to say the least! I can’t wait to be back for a wedding in Val d’ Orcia!
Pienza, my beloved
Pienza, a renowned Renaissance village of Val d’Orcia, in Tuscany, is known not only for its wonderful historic center but also for the so-called “Streets of Love”. They are four little romantic roads Via del Bacio, Via dell’Amore, Via Della Fortuna, and Via del Buia – perfect for capturing a couple in love! That makes it a very romantic and beautiful place to visit.
Montepulciano, my dream
Montepulciano, once an ancient Etruscan city, is one of the most attractive hill towns in Tuscany and is located in the Val di Chiana within easy reach of the Val d’Orcia. It is built on the ridge of Monte Poliziano in the province of Siena. Montepulciano’s wonderful people, food, and wine are what inspired me to visit the location and fall in love with it. Perfect for a foodie couple that wants a wedding in Italy filled with flavor!
Tuscany, where you’ll fall in love
There is no place like Italy when it comes to Romance. I know it’s a statement, but sometimes I think Italy is more romantic than France. I had an amazing time exploring Tuscany and cannot wait to be back for a wedding soon. Exploring the land, savoring the flavors, feeling the atmosphere, knowing the people only made me love this country more.
Tuscany is perfect for vacation but in my experience of what a couple needs for a wedding day, Tuscany has to offer so much to a wedding day. Not only rich, well-cultured food and wine or the beauty of the locations, but rather a
significance and hundreds of years of love and romance. Definitely one
destination worth considering for a wedding day!
Have you been to Tuscany? What were the places that made you swoon?
Jacobo Pachón is a film wedding photographer based in Athens. Fine art wedding photographer in Greece, Greek islands, Spain, and available for destinations weddings around the world.