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Wedding in San Miniato

WEEDING IN SAN MINIATO

San Miniato is a little jewel of a city that sits at an historically strategic location atop three small hills where it dominates the lower Arno valley between the valleys of Egola and Elsa. It used to carry the additional sobriquet “al Tedesco” (“of the Germans”) to distinguish it from San Miniato al Monte, just above the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence which is just a few kilometers to the north east.

In medieval times, San Miniato was on the main road from France, the via Francigena, which was the main connecting route between northern Europe and Rome. It also sits at the intersection of the Florence-Pisa road and the Lucca-Siena road.

So, over the centuries San Miniato was exposed to a constant flow of friendly and hostile armies, traders in all manner of goods and services, and other travelers from near and far. Archaeological evidence indicates that the site of the city and surrounding area has been settled since at least the paleolithicera. It would have been well-known to the Etruscan, and certainly to the Romans, for whom it was a military post called “Quarto”.

The first mention in historical documents is of a small village organized around a chapel dedicated to San Miniato built by the Longobards in 783. By the end of the 10th century San Miniato boasted a sizeable population enclosed behind a moat and protected by a castle built by Otto I, from which his and his successors Imperial Vicars ruled all of Tuscany. The first walls, with defensive towers, were thrown up in the 12th century during the time that Italy was dominated by Fredrick I, known as Barbarossa. Under his successor, Fredrick II, the town was further fortified with expanded walls and other defensive works, including the Rocca and its tower. (The Rocca has long since disappeared, but the tower, which was blown up by the Nazis during the second world war has been totally rebuilt and restored.)

During the latter years of the 13th century and the entire 14th century, San Miniato was drawn into the ongoing conflict between the Ghibelline (pro Imperial) and Guelph (pro Papal) forces. Initially Ghibelline, it had become a Guelph city by 1291, allied with Florence and, in 1307, fought with them and other members of the Guelph league against Ghibelline Arezzo.. By 1347 San Miniato was under Florentine control, where it remained, but for a brief period from 1367-1370 when, instigated by Pisa, it rebelled against Florence, and for another brief period between 1777 and 1779 during the Napoleonic conquest.

It was still part of the Grand Duchy of Florence when the Duchy was absorbed into the modern state of Italy in 1860.

Visiting the city today, one finds one self within a pleasant, well-preserved medieval precinct, one of the best in Tuscany. Apart from the wonderful, 360 degree views, where Valdarno is displayed in all its multifarious glory.

San Miniato is a tiny medieval gem located uphill and literally from the early Middle Ages divides the Arno RIVER Valley rich of towns and settlements but also characterized by a wonderful uncontaminated rural PANORAMA. San Miniato is called the XX Mile City from its special geographical position: the SMALL TOWN is located along the route Via Francigena in the heart of the Arno River Valley and was at the intersection of the ROADS between Florence and PisaLucca and Siena and also PistoiaSan GimignanoVolterra and Vinci are located within these twenty miles. 

Civil legal Ceremonies in San Miniato are held at the Town Hall Palazzo del Comune with its nineteenth century facade in the wonderful Wedding Hall rich with frescos and the Oratorio del Loretino (Oratory of Loretino), with panels by a famous painter Francesco Lanfranchi and a wooden altar from 1527.
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SANMINIATO
For couples planning Religious Legal CeremoniesSymbolic Ceremonies or Religious Blessing San Miniato countryside is rich with,roman style churches and chapels as well as ancient villascastles, farmhouses and coming down the hill from the town several very interesting itineraries can be followed, some of which lead to undiscovered ruines of ancient towns and villages.

Everywhere around these sites are the wonderful rolling hills with their old farmhouses and the imposing structures of the tobacco drying structures, some of which are still working.

San Miniato area is also very famous for producing the best quality of white truffle, renowned and exported all over the world. Every year in Autumn, San Miniato and the surroundings villages organize exhibitions and comes alive, with displays, theater performances, fine dining in HOMES, palazzi, and restaurants and everybody, local people, food tourists and international traders can buy truffles, eat truffle dishes and have fun.

WEDDING IN VINCI

The small town of Vinci is known all over the world because it is birthplace of the scientist Leonardo Da Vinci who made the name of his hometown famous. 
The ancient settlement is located on the slope of Monte Albano hill, in one of the most picturesque areas of Tuscany where fields and wineyars surround the villages everywhere.

Actually beside being Leonardo’s HOME, Vinci has really everything that world loves about Tuscany: nice landscapes, excellentolive oil, superb wines and food and last but not least art and history.

Civil Legal Ceremonies can be celebrated inside the oldest part of Vinci, the town Guidi Castle built in the 12th century by the Conti Guidi, which HOUSES today the Museo Leonardiano where it is possible to see Leonardo engineering ideas and some models constructed following his sketches and drawings.  In summer it is also possible to get married outdoor, at Leonardo’s HOUSE of birth in Anchiano where it is possible to get married with a Legal Civil Ceremony kissed by the sunshine on the farmyard located on the top of a hill with a wonderful view and among the olive trees.

Catholic Wedding Ceremonies can be held in the wonderful Church with the known bell tower of Romanesque origins  near the Conti Guidi Castle with a great view or at one of the lovely and more intimate country chapels of the surrounding area.

The area also offers Accommodation & Reception Venues to suit all budgets, from the simplestfarmhouses to the luxurious VILLAS and it is the IDEAL base for exploring all areas of Tuscany.
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