Villa Gamberaia is a gorgeous villa located just outside Florence that definitely makes it onto my list of favorite Italian wedding locations.
I have photographed numerous weddings at Villa Gamberaia. From smaller intimate weddings to significant multiple day events. I have experience with welcome dinners, weddings, and parties at the villa. I have also done weddings where the ceremony is in Florence, followed by the reception back at Villa Gamberaia.
The villa itself can either be rented for the day, or you can take the actual property and stay there. Should you choose to only have your wedding at the villa, then you will need to get ready somewhere else. There are excellent hotels nearby, including Il Salviatino, Villa San Michele, and the Four Seasons Florence.
If you rent the villa exclusively, you can stay there and live at Villa Gamberaia for a few days of complete bliss.
Italy really does have a lot of incredible places for your wedding, and the villa for me is one of the best options for people looking for a unique wedding in Florence.
Considering the fantastic gardens and beautiful views, you will likely want to make use of the outside spaces at the villa so the best months would be May to September. The main lawn, the “bowling green,” is an ideal place for an outdoor dinner, and it also has sufficient space for a marquee/tent should you need one.
The grotto at the back of the villa is a lovely space, truly an original location for an outdoor wedding in Italy. Most people like to have the cocktails at the front of the villa so they can enjoy the impressive view of Florence, and then they move to the lawn area for their dinner reception. Of course, there is nothing to say that you can’t do the opposite, you can be creative and use the spaces as you please. It would help if you also considered what to do in the event of rain. Many people like to also use the internal courtyard for their after party.
I have a good relationship with the villa if you like you can drop me an email, and I can introduce you.