Regardless of where you end up getting married, if you’re planning to wed anywhere within the municipality of Florence, you’ll inevitably visit Palazzo Vecchio for necessary bureaucratic procedures. But you can also have the ceremony here—and what better place for a Tuscan wedding, really, than one of Florence’s most iconic monuments? In the heart of the city in piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio has been Florence’s seat of civic power since 1290.
A wedding here, however, is no humdrum town hall ordeal. Three rooms are open to couples and their guests: the vibrant Sala Rossa, the frescoed Sala di Lorenzo, and the refined Salone dei Cinquecento.
The richly red Sala Rossa was once 19th century statesman Bettino Ricasoli’s bedroom, and is the only part of the Palazzo still holding the original wall coverings and neo-Baroque furnishings of the era.
The Sala di Lorenzo il Magnifico is less commonly used for ceremonies, but its sumptuous ceiling and frescoed walls, painted by Giorgio Vasari and Marco da Faenza, will nonetheless lend a uniquely Florentine feel to your special day.
Finally, for larger ceremonies, couples can reserve the Salone dei Cinquecento, one of Florence’s most spellbinding spaces—with a backstory to match. A room of cinematic-level grandeur, the Salone dei Cinquecento originated in the 15th century when the smaller Sala dei Duecento no longer sufficed as a meeting space for the Florentine Council. The only risk you take with choosing this room is that your guests might not witness your vows, they’ll be so transfixed by the coffered ceilings and their 42 paintings on the life of Cosimo I de’ Medici. More info here: Comune di Firenze