A Siena wedding will allow you to enjoy one of the largest Tuscan cities that retain a distinctively Medieval air and offer you the best opportunity to slip into the rhythms and atmosphere of the Tuscan Middle Ages.
Siena is a medieval city of brick. From a terrific spot like the top of the Mangia Tower its sea of roof tiles blends into a landscape of steep, twisting stone alleys; and further the Tuscan countryside with its softness hills.
This cityscape hides dozens of Gothic palaces and pastry shops galore, unseen neighborhood rivalries and altarpieces of unsurpassed beauty.
Indeed, during the Middle Ages Siena flourished artistically; for two centuries (13th and 14th) the Sienese school, represented by Duccio da Boninsegna, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers, rivaled the Florentine masters as the most important in Italy.
Siena is also world wide famous for the astonishing Medieval equestrian challenge little changed since the 1300's: The Palio.
Every July 2nd and August 15th the 17 neighborhoods (Contrade) challenge each other to a race around the campo (central Piazza del Campo) of Siena as a peaceful means of settling rivalries, or so it once was.
The day and the night before the event the neighborhoods are alive with crowds walking through singing competitive songs, waving flags and generally full of hope for a race that has not come to pass.
That night dinners are set up in the streets - long tables are placed for the neighborhoods and their racer to have a celebration of the race to come.
Siena will offer you views of terrific beauty, the perfect frame of your wedding in Tuscany.
Walk through the ancient Siena's web street and to Piazza del Campo where every summer The Palio renews the ancient tradition; climb the 503 steps of the Mangia Tower to enjoy a spectacular view;
Enjoy the unique Siena cousin from the Extra Virgin olive oil produced in the area that has acquired renown much further afield, to the excellence of the meat from locally-raised Chianina cattle will come to many as a toothsome surprise.
Located in the center of a region that boasts 5 of the superior DOCG wines and 12 that claim a DOC appellation, Siena is rightly considered the wine capital of Italy. And Dulcis in fundo, indulge yourself with the local sweetmeats.
The Ricciarelli, panforteand cavalluccimade with almond paste, spices and candied fruits.
Tempting aromas waft into the streets to herald the delights to be found in the bakeries and pastry shops, where Pan coi Santi(spicy raisin bread) and the Schiacciata di Pasqua are still made according to traditional recipes.
If you are planning a wedding in Italy and you love the peaceful and charming atmosphere of the Medieval Tuscany masterpieces you will be captured by a Siena wedding that offers plenty of different options for your reception and ceremony able to satisfy the most demanding tastes.