“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale”. This is a quote by an unknown author on falling in love. Take this up a notch further by planning a destination wedding that can give a wonderful beginning to your fairy tale. There is something exciting about saying ‘I Do’ in the most exotic of locales surrounded by people who are close to your heart. Florence, in the heart of Tuscany provides the perfect venue for your big day. Your destination wedding planning starts with travel plans. It’s not just the couple, the guests also need to be transported in luxury. You cannot make a better choice than an jet to fly them down to Florence.
Once the legal requirements for getting married in Italy are cleared, the next on your wedding planning list is the choice of venue. Florence offers a of venues ranging from manor houses, luxury hotels, ancient castles, and lovely farm houses. If you are looking for a manor house, the Grand Hotel Villa Cora is just perfect. Built by Baron Gustav Oppenheim, an affluent German financier in 1865 to express his love for his wife, today this property is one of the most stunningly beautiful hotels in the world.
Top wedding planners advice that your destination wedding needs to be held in a place that is accessible. You need to consider the convenience of your guests too. Florence is a perfect match for this requirement as guests alighting from the at Florence airport, only have to travel 10 kilometers to reach Villa Cora. Set in a landscaped park, this hotel nestled in the hills of Florence is a perfect example of a blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. From the moment you arrive, you will realize that this is indeed a special place. You notice welcoming faces and cheerful smiles everywhere along with world-class service.
There are 46 suites available to accommodate . For any assistance, which you obviously will need when planning a wedding, you can contact the 24-hour concierge and receptionist on duty. If the bride or her guests would like a manicure, pedicure, or massage before the big day, arrangements are made by appointment. Guests attending the wedding can plan a visit to Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, all located at a stone’s throw from the hotel.
The main villa in the hotel has four floors each designed in a . The first floor called ‘Noble Floor’ is adorned with frescoes, the second called ‘Rose Floor’ is in honor of ex-Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III who loved roses and took up residence here after she became a widow. The third is dedicated to the Orient with Moorish accents, and the fourth has one junior suite inspired by the fabulous 50’s of America. The spa at the hotel offers a unique ‘experience shower’, which lets you experience different colors, perfumes, and temperatures at the same time. The ‘Hall of Mirrors’ considered the best ballroom, has a gorgeous terrace overlooking the city and is perfect for a wedding ceremony and reception.
As you head back home on an jet, leaving this beautiful venue and the romantic city of Florence, you will find yourself making plans for your next visit here. And if you are a married guest who has attended a wedding in this beautiful destination, we bet you are already considering renewing your vows at this stunning location. The Grand Villa Cora’s atmosphere and even its walls convey romance and passion that is infectious, that makes falling in love inevitable.