San Gimignano. It’s harder to say than to spell, and easier still to visit, and fall in love with. (It’s pronounced San – Jim – in – gna – noh)The town is in the heart of Tuscany. The views are all around you, over a mixture of highly cultivated and cured olive groves, vineyards, crops of sunflowers, and wild forests off to the West. The town is famous for many things: medieval towers, the crisp and fruity Vernaccia white wine, saffron production, wild boar sausages, and it’s architectural perfection.
The Town Hall in San Gimignano is in the center of the famous medieval village. This is one of the most stunning locations for a civil wedding, a large, perfectly restored frescoed hall, in warm honey tones, and with deep sienna colored terracotta floors. The hall is perfect for a small group, or up to 80 or more guests.
Catholic weddings are also possible in a large Church within the walled town – and as the countryside is scattered with some of the loveliest villas, this is also an area rich in possibilities for symbolic, villa blessings.
The town is still closed to traffic, and in the winter months, only the locals inhabit the sleepy back streets.