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Hi everyone...my fiancé and I are trying to plan our wedding in Tuscany or Umbria...we are not in a rush, as we are thinking possibly fall 2008 or spring 2009, but we are going to be in the area in April so we'd like to get a list of possible contenders to check out while we are there.

We are figuring we will have between 40-60 people, and while I'd love for everyone to stay together, it might be a bit hard. Would prefer to stay somewhere a bit rustic, with breakfast served, if possible. For our reception, amazing food is tops - would love to go to a restaurant with great food and wine, or if our accommodations serve great food, that would be fine too. Casual and simple home style is what we are looking for, and the same for accommodations.

I have contacted a few wedding planners, but they all seem to have cookie cutter ideas...does anyone have recommendations for places to stay/eat? I've searched these boards and have gotten ideas, but anymore would be appreciated!

Oh, we will be having a Catholic service, so if anyone has experience with any of the churches in the area, any advice there would be great too!

Thanks!!!

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  1. My suggestion is Borgo San Felice near Siena. They have taken over an entire hamlet and turned into a hotel and restaurant. The small church that's part of the Borgo would be ideal for a wedding. We stayed there for a week last year and loved it.

    www.borgosanfelice.com

    1. La Badia, in orvieto..they have a website, stayed there many many times, la badia is fab, orvieto is magical..do it there !

      1. Hi tkin, congrats on the wedding and your choice on doing it in italy. i just got married in umbria (2 weeks this thursday) and it was absolutely beautiful. we rented a house in niccone valley, just north of lake trasimeno and got married at la chiusa fattoria biologica (not the relais one) and had an amazing time. la chiusa is a small, beautiful agriturismo overlooking the valley with vineyards and trees everywhere. It's run by a family from several generations. the owner is the chef and everything is made on the property. they also have lots of dogs and cats (very well behaved) on the property, but they do a very good discreet job of keeping them away from your wedding, if you want. our wedding planner found the spot. she was wonderful, very flexible on everything. they specialize on not doing typical package style weddings and will create something to your wishes. the company is cortona events, and is run by two women: glenda furia and stefania svetti. both were born and raised in tuscany and speak english. here's the website:
        www.cortonaevents.com
        i'm sure they can help you find a church nearby as well. also, not sure if it's so with catholic weddings, but apparently every italian must also do a civil service at the local town hall. we had ours at castiglion fiorentino, again a suggestion from our wedding planner. it's an absolutely gorgeous undiscovered gem of a tuscan hill town, that is also cheaper than nearby cortona. they do a wonderful traditional ceremony complete with a beautiful italian certificate, a scroll and a traditional ceramic seal of the city, which they present to you as a gift.

        good luck and congratulations again. you'll have a beautiful ceremony wherever you choose to have it!

        1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions! La Badia has been on my list for a while, glad to hear a real world review. Borgo San Felice is beautiful, thank you for the suggestion!!

          Gremlin, thanks for the recommendation for your planner and congratulations! I had seen their website but hadn't contacted them, but I will now...

          1. tkln,

            Have you looked at Villa Vistarenni in the Chianti region of Tuscany?
            South of Florence and east of Siena.
            http://www.villavistarenni.com/eng/in...
            pictures below

            ...or the Ferragamo Family owns a Villa and the town nearby and has restored all of it to the levels you would expect from the Ferragamos...Villa Il Borro. Between Siena and Arezzo
            http://www.villailborro.com/english.asp
            and
            http://www.ilborro.it/welcome.asp
            (I couldn't post any more pictures)