Tuscan town halls: how to choose yours

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Another factor is the amount of tourists crowding our towns: San Gimignano for instance, is one of the top venues but is especially costly for a 20-minute ceremony, and in the summer is always overcrowded with tourists and the parking facilities are far from the town hall.

If I can give you my humble opinion, as a Tuscan wedding photographer, Certaldo is definitely one of my favorite venues.  The Palazzo Pretorio offers its wonderful inside courtyard for intimate weddings of a maximum of 40/50 guests. In case of bad weather, the wedding can be celebrated in one of the inside halls. The hamlet is really unique, perfect also for the pictures after the wedding, and very rarely crowded, unlike the other more renowned venues. Another charming town hall is in Volterra, also the most ancient one in Tuscany, as it dates back to the 13th century. Weddings are celebrated in the Palazzo dei Priori in the fascinating Sala del Consiglio with its stained-glass windows illuminating the wooden setting. Definitely one of the most beautiful in Tuscany. Not to mention the breathtaking countryside surrounding Volterra, one of the best in the entire region.  A valid alternative to the indoors civil wedding is offered by a few town halls, one of which is Quarrata, that suggests the wonderful villa La Magia, where weddings can be celebrated outdoors. This is only one of the several town halls offering outdoors ceremonies. For a different fee, also Florence offers the possibility to celebrate weddings in the beautiful rose garden just underneath the Piazzale Michelangelo.