A Cortona wedding will bring you to one of the Tuscany's prettiest villages, sat on a hill, with olive groves and vineyards all around.
Relais Villa Baldelli in Cortona, Tuscany, is the perfect location for your civil ceremony. Our staff will be glad to help you in defining every single detail of your wedding ceremony.
If you are planning a wedding in Italy and you love the peaceful and historical atmosphere of the Tuscan countryside you will be captured by a wedding in Cortona that will satisfy all your desires and expectations.
Cortona Wedding Hall is located in the outstanding Palazzo Comunale in the very heart of Cortona, built in the 13th Century.
Ceremonies are performed in the beautiful "Sala del Consiglio" with painted beams ceiling and frescoes on the walls.
For the couples who prefer to get married with a catholic ceremony, there are a lot of churches in Cortona, the most beautiful ones.
Santa Maria delle Grazie al Calcinaio:
An image of the Madonna and Child, painted on the side of a vat used for tanning leather and called a "calcinaio" (lime vat) because of the quick lime used for this purpose, began to perform miracles in this place on Easter Sunday in 1484. This sacred image is still visible at the main altar, very probably in the place of the ancient tabernacle. The shoemakers' guild, the proprietor of the tannery, decided to erect a "holy temple" as a result of the increased devotion that also manifested itself in the continuous donation of alms by the devout. The chosen location posed uncommon difficulties for the construction due to the steepness of the land and the stream that flowed through it. These and other problems were brilliantly solved by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, the architect chosen by Luca Signorelli at the request of the shoemakers' guild.
Church of Santa Margherita:
Just below the Fortezza, on the flank of the hill, is the Santuario di Santa Margherita, with a pilgrimage church dedicated to St Margaret of Cortona (1247-97). The present church, in Neo- Byzantine style, was built between 1856 and 1897. The Saint's tomb dates from 1362; her relics are in a silver shrine (1646) on the high altar. From the square in front of the church there is a magnificent view into the Val di Chiana.
Above the center of the old town of Cortona, half-way up to the Fortezza, is the little 15th century Church of San Nicolò which has a small porch with slender columns. The interior (remodeled in Baroque style) has paintings by Luca Signorelli (two-sided panel-painting, "Descent from the Cross" and "Madonna Enthroned"; fresco, "Madonna with Saints").
Santa Maria Nuova:
Outside the town walls (Porta Colonia), to the north, is the Church of Santa Maria Nuova, a Renaissance structure on a square plan with a high dome. Designed by Giovanni Battista Infregliati, it was completely remodeled by Giorgio Vasari. Of the paintings in the interior the most notable is a "Birth of the Virgin" by Alessandro Allori (16th century).
Cathedral of Cortona:
A short distance north of Piazza Signorelli, in the Piazza del Duomo, stands the cathedral (Santa Maria), a Renaissance structure built over an earlier Romanesque church. In its present form it is predominantly the work of Giuliano da Sangallo (1445-1516) or of his followers. The interior is divided into three aisles by slender columns, with fine carved altars (1644) by Francesco Mazzuoli. The choir contains a number of good paintings, including some by pupils of Luca Signorelli. Adjoining the cathedral is the Bishop's Palace (Palazzo Vescovile), the present aspect of which dates mainly from the late 19th century.
Abbey of Farneta:
The Farneta Abbey is situated at an altitude of 317 m. in the Chiucio hills of the Valdichiana, on the road between Cortona and Foiano. It is an ancient abbey, founded by the Benedettini Neri (Benedictine) monks on the site of a Roman temple in commendam to the Cortonese Cardinal, Silvio Passerini, the Bishops Ricci and Vagnucci and to the Ligurian, Dei Carretto. It was then passed on to the Benedettini olivetani monks, who kept it until the suppression of the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena, around 1780, when the secular priests (Diocese of Cortona) took over from them.