Villa Gaudia

via del Focarod, 50/A Rignano sull'Arno San Donato in Collina Firenze

Max 200

Overnight | 5 bedrooms

About

About Villa Gaudia

Villa Gaudia has typically been an Italian wedding venue. Traditionally, Italian weddings feature lots and lots of guests, so a venue that can accommodate hundreds is an absolute must! More recently though,  Villa Gaudia has been attracting international weddings and has had the pleasure of hosting events for French and Spanish wedding parties.
The villa is about 30 minutes southeast of Florence, tucked away in the hills – though by ‘tucked away’ I do not mean to suggest it’s a small venue. The diverse layout of the exterior of the Villa lends itself wonderfully  to all sorts of events, not just weddings.
You can  discover, during your visit, that the villa is brimming over with versatility so whether you wish to celebrate in a more casual style – perhaps with a pool party –  or dream of a ...

Villa Gaudia has typically been an Italian wedding venue. Traditionally, Italian weddings feature lots and lots of guests, so a venue that can accommodate hundreds is an absolute must! More recently though,  Villa Gaudia has been attracting international weddings and has had the pleasure of hosting events for French and Spanish wedding parties.

The villa is about 30 minutes southeast of Florence, tucked away in the hills – though by ‘tucked away’ I do not mean to suggest it’s a small venue. The diverse layout of the exterior of the Villa lends itself wonderfully  to all sorts of events, not just weddings.

You can  discover, during your visit, that the villa is brimming over with versatility so whether you wish to celebrate in a more casual style – perhaps with a pool party –  or dream of an elegant ‘sit-down’ dinner affair, you have a myriad of choices waiting for you at Villa Gaudia.

Mattia, who is the director of the property and has been looking after the operations side of events at the villa  for almost 15 years, showed yuo around.

Many ways in which the beautifully designed and ample grounds can be used.  There is both the space and the option for either symbolic or legal civil ceremonies to be celebrated here.

There is plentiful parking for cars or coaches – of course, how else would you get hundreds of guests up the hillside? There is also a full-sized tennis court and a very impressive reverse negative edge infinity swimming pool.

Not only does Villa Gaudia boast an enviable setting surrounded by the lush Tuscan countryside, but it also has its own enchanting woodland path – somewhere I imagine the happy couple sneaking off to for a little alone time post-ceremony, as their photographer captures those intimate couple portraits. Alternatively, this bijou nature trail transforms to a magical aisle for all woodland chic brides!

The path leads down to a generous garden space, with a neatly manicured lawn which, as you can see, is a charming spot to gather in for refreshing aperitivi either pre or post-ceremony!

In fact, the great feature of Villa Gaudia is that its amenities can be used for pre and post wedding events allowing you to turn your wedding day into a wedding weekend.  Chill out under the pergola by the pool, lounge on sumptuous soft white sofas, sipping your cocktail of choice! On request, a cocktail mixologist can be organised, to concoct your favourite tipple or signature cocktail.  Oh my – here at Villa Gaudia it is so easy to be seduced by the celebrity lifestyle!

This charming and intimate space is excellent for a smaller wedding reception, it can accommodate 20 guests in a long table format which can be styled to your choice for a more glamorous or more rustic theme.

For larger weddings, it is just a matter of simply changing table shape and making use of the area around the pool or by choosing another of the property’s dining spaces – such as a beautiful terrace with countryside vista.

And there we have the villa’s exteriors.  Now for the interiors – and you will most certainly NOT be disappointed. Villa Gaudia is a box of charms and it is just as lovely and versatile inside as outside!

The venue features 5 double rooms to accommodate 10/11 guests. The decor is Tuscan charm blended with a dash of country chic. – pleasant and appealing, warm and welcoming and so comfortable!  The rooms are all spacious and each comes with its own balcony terrace perfect for romantic indulgence when its an absolute must to open a bottle of the finest tuscan wine!

There are some other accommodation for additional guests just a short, 10-minute, drive away.

Inside the main building is an open plan lounge-dining area.  So cosy for winter-time gatherings. During the winter the fire for your visit and the smoky woody perfume and crackling of the logs created a warm and inviting atmosphere inside.

This property is unique in its capacity to  adapt to suit many diverse occasions and events – catering for immediate-family or close members of a wedding party to stay at the villa prior to the big day, in an intimate ‘home-style environment’ then effortlessly transforming into a perfect party venue.

The party atmosphere is aided by Villa Gaudia’s very own nightclub and bar area.  The inside setting of the nightclub and bar means that entertainment can go on well beyond midnight.  And so you can still see and access the outside of the villa while inside, along one wall there are patio doors that open out onto yet another garden area!

The villa allows music to continue until 3.00 am in the Limonaia with the villa hire fee for your wedding or special event.  For those couples who wish for their  party to continue, then there is the option to dance the night away this can be discussed with the villa but will incur an hourly continuance fee, but well worth it to keep the fun going on your special day.  If you desire a more relaxed wedding celebration where you can chill with background music using an iPod or CD player (without dancing) then the music can be played until 1.00 am.

Villa Gaudia can, on request, be an all year round wedding and event venue.  Tuscany is wonderful all year around but especially during the Autumn and Winter months. If you are considering an Autumn or Winter wedding in the Tuscan countryside, the Villa Gaudia, with its prestigious position against the natural colour palette of the surrounding countryside, will definitely inspire your creative ideas for your wedding day.