We have just returned from our wedding at Villa Baroncino and it's difficult to put into words what an amazing time we all had.
Marco, Alexandra, Ina and team have all been more than helpful throughout our wedding from start to finish. We found Villa Baroncino online in 2010 having researched weddings in Tuscany and the surrounding areas. As soon as we contacted Marco for more information he was in contact with us within hours of our first email. Between him and Alexandra they answered every question and not once did we feel there was a language barrier as they both spoke amazing English (putting us to shame with not knowing any Italian).
Once we had the initial information required we booked flights and hotels to visit the villa and the team. We were offered help and advice on where best to stay even before we had booked the villa. Upon arrival to the villa we were more than impressed with what we saw even out of season we could see the potential in this amazing venue. At this time we confirmed with Marco that we were interested in securing our wedding day for 2012.
The following months consisted of completing the 8 Step Planner which is a great tool to ensure all aspects of a wedding are taken care of. Nothing is left out, everything has been covered and well thought through. It took away a lot of worry and stress that we had anticipated for a wedding abroad. Having experienced a friends wedding abroad we were slightly apprehensive given the stress and pressure that they were under. However at no point throughout our wedding did we feel any stress given how organised and on the ball Marco and his team are.
We were put in contact with several of the suppliers and we were over the moon with the ones we chose. As with Marco and his team they were in constant and regular contact with us throughout.
Flowers - We chose Mario from Cortona as our supplier. He had a very difficult job working with us as we didn't want the traditional decorations or flowers for our day. He was extremely helpful in coming up with suggestions and ideas and the end results were amazing. We'd also like to make a special mention to his son Federico who acted as translator for the 100s of emails we bombarded them with. On meeting Mario a few days before the wedding in Cortona he showed us the final table decorations which were exactly how we had discussed and pictured months before. He also added some other finishing touches to table decorations we had which looked amazing as well. We can't thank him enough for his handy work. He is genuinely a kind hearted man which is hard to find these days.
Catering - For the food we chose Renata. Her rustic Italian menu grabbed our attention from the start and Marco arranged for a food taster with her. This ended up with us being welcomed into her own home and fed like kings for the evening. The wedding day was no exception as the food was phenomenal. Everything was cooked to perfection and her staff were outstanding. We couldn't have asked for more. With vegetarians and fussy eaters amongst our guests Renata cooked separate meals for these guests so that we could have the menu we asked for without any charge.
Music - Alex DJ played everything we had asked for and made the evening pretty interesting by getting everyone into the party spirit and taking a lot of requests. All in all he is a brilliant DJ.
Ciao Ciao Team - From the first day we were treated like VIPs from all at Ciao Ciao. The food was amazing as were the staff. Kamil waited on the tables, served behind the bar and gave all our guests 5 star service throughout the week. Masimo can only be referred to as a legend shuttling us back and forth in the 'party bus' and serving us at the bar all week and had a lasting effect on some our guests who seem to miss him now they are back in the UK.
Marco also offers a delivery service of food and drinks from Ciao Ciao to the villa which we took full advantage of during the day and evenings. We were amazed at these extras we received as this treatment would be unheard of in the UK unless a premium was paid.
Videographer - We had arranged for our own photographer to fly out from the UK, however on arrival Marco surprised us with a gift of a videographer to capture our wedding day. Kamil not only being an amazing head waiter seems to also be pretty good at capturing some shots. The video he had put together (overnight - he can't have slept) has left us with something amazing that we can always look back on to remember our day. Again we can't thank Marco for arranging this and for Kamil's time on the day and putting it together so quickly. (check the video out on RIW Facebook page 'Ruth and Ben').
Villa - What can we say about this apart from AMAZING! Not only is the villa situated in an idillic part of Italy it has been furnished in a traditional way without it looking dated. Everything within the Villa is of a high standard, with every aspect of our stay catered for. The Villa manager Ina was there to greet us as soon as we arrived. Over 7 days a few very minor things weren't as discussed but Ina went out of her way to sort these within hours of notifying her. With 46 guests nothing will ever be 100% right. However Ina rectified the issues with great efficiency, always with a smile and great humour and with no disruptions to our guests. She was always on hand whenever we needed help even late into the evenings and was a great help behind the scenes on our wedding day.
Wedding Day - We had several alternative requests to the traditional wedding however Marco ensured all these requests were catered for and he got to know our personalities and used this to ensure the day ran as we wanted. Marco's enthusiasm and organisational skills made the day run without a hitch. He treated us and our guests as friends throughout the week and not just another client and we felt very welcome. The legal side of the marriage, Marco took care of and all we had to do was turn up on the day of the rehearsal and sign the forms, the rest he dealt with while we relaxed in a nearby cafe. You hear horror stories of people marrying abroad who spend hours trying to organise the legal part but this wasn't an issue for us.
If you are looking to marry in Italy then this venue and location is simply stunning, but the thing that really sets this apart from any venue in England or others we have experienced is the help and support from Marco and his team. We visited a few venues in the UK and as soon as you mention weddings they just see pound signs and just didn't seem to be flexible or helpful nor do they really seem interested in what kind of day 'you' want (as every couple is different). With Marco, his team and all the suppliers we used they could't be more helpful. The venue and support we received would have been way out of our budget anywhere else. For everything we received I think Marco is selling himself too cheaply, we feel like we got the bargain of the century and have come away with memories that will last a lifetime and look forward to seeing Marco and the team again when we organise a reunion with our guests (who are already planning it).
Thanks again to everyone involved.
Ruth and Ben
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Baroncino is a luxuriously furnished and exclusive historic villa with a refined ambience. Surrounded by soft rolling hills, the estate is plunged in lavish vegetation that is rich with woods, where nature can be thoroughly relished at its best. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Baroncino Hotel Tuoro Sul Trasimeno
- Villa Baroncino Tuoro Sul Trasimeno, Italy - Umbria