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Happily ever after

Castel Monastero has hosted wedding ceremonies and parties for hundreds of years and today its appeal is greater than ever

No one forgets their wedding day. It’s one of the most significant days of our lives, a celebration of love, a commitment between two people.So, finding a venue that is beautiful, unique and magical enough for this very special day really is essential.

This is why couples who really want something above and beyond the run-of-the-mill party are choosing Castel Monastero to celebrate their vows.  With its elegant piazzas, winding streets and terracotta roofs, this 11th-century hamlet, set amid the rugged beauty of the Tuscan Hills, is steeped in history.Over the centuries, thousands of couples have celebrated their weddings here.

Today the whole village is devoted to the highest standards of hospitality. Whether you want a traditional wedding in the ancient church, or something different, you and your guests can relax in the comfort of Castel Monastero’s beautifully designed rooms and suites, spread around this noble residence.

The importance of the event and the thousands of little details that weddings usually involve, mean that getting married can be a stressful business. But Castel Monastero’s experienced team of wedding planners take care of every aspect from food and wine to flowers and cars. They can even arrange babysitting, firework displays and visits to local areas of interest.

The food draws on the best Tuscan traditions and is prepared by our skilled chefs from the freshest local ingredients. The spa occupies two ancient country houses and is ideally suited for all who want to relax and detox before and after the ceremony itself.

Castel Monastero’s own church, Saint Jacob and Saint Christopher, has an interior adorned with 17th- century decorations. For wedding parties of more than fifty, the service can be held in the beautiful Romanesque church of Badia Monastero, just one and a half kilometres from the resort, or the church of Saint Giusto and Saint Clemente in Castelnuovo Berardenga, an elegant neo-classical church that accommodates up to two hundred guests and is just a few minutes away.

For civil ceremonies, there’s a magnificent function room in the town hall of Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti, just seven kilometres away. Another popular setting is the 18th-century Villa Chigi, with its stunning garden and views. Castel Monastero’s various locations are also popular with couples renewing their vows.

After the ceremony guests and the couple can enjoy drinks at the Pool Gardens and then dinner in La Cantina, set in the monastery’s 17th-century wine cellar with its vaulted ceilings and ancient brickwork Whatever the size and style of your wedding, the beautiful and historic venue of Castel Monastero has everything to make it one to remember.