If you're stuck between Villa Pianciani and another venue - choose Villa Pianciani - and here's why.
We held our wedding at Villa Pianciani in September 2016 - gathering family and friends from across the globe for our Russian, Iranian, British, American extravaganza. It was an occasion in our lives that will be forever associated with the togetherness of family (some of whom are no longer with us), a celebration of happiness, uncontrolled laughter or just simply put- joy de vivre. And what brought it all together in such a effortless and charming fashion was Rita, Livia and their team at Villa Pianciani. And of course the majesty of the villa itself.
If you haven't been there already and are looking for a place to hold your special day or are just simply interested in visiting the area - please read on.
Villa Pianciani really is regal in its unpretentious rustic majesty. It's grand pink facade set in the middle of glorious Umbrian greenery is unforgettable. There's something nostalgic about the estate but I think what touched us most is that in being there you constantly felt the care and integrity with which the staff guard the villa and its land and in so doing create a truly unique and Italian escape. The beautiful main building and comfortable annex and cottages are perfectly set up for accommodating a large multi generational family catering a truly luxurious experience from start to finish. What we did, and what I recommend you doing was rent the villa for a week to hang out in it before and after the wedding . You will be able to enjoy Spoleto and the surrounding countryside and taste the mouth watering meals the team prepares for you onsite while having time to discuss and set up last minute logistics and wind down after the big day.
If you're planning a wedding or a complicated and intricate event - know that the level of care and integrity extends directly into the service provided by the team. The team supports you throughout every big decision - catering, decorations, photographers, make up artists - you name it - they know the best of it. They guide you when you need guidance and step back and enthusiastically embrace your choices when guidance isn't needed. Most of all the team is highly organized, experienced and connected to local artisans and providers. Rita has a meticulous eye and will not let you down. She focuses on ALL the details - I distinctly remember her presenting me with different ribbons which she had personally sourced for our wedding favors - tiny bottle of olive oil from the estates. She had selected several shades of cream satin ribbon in a number of weights, some with trim, some without, some thick, some thin - she recommended her favorite and based her decision on the tone of the decorative labels. Her eye for detail left me in awe. It's that eye for detail and care that as an anxious bride - helps you feel just that little bit calmer - which as any bride knows is a truly priceless commodity.
On the day, the team is calm, collected and meticulous - supporting the operations from "behind the curtain" like a well oiled machine yet being flexible enough to cope with any challenges presented.
Before, during and after the event, Rita and team are professional communicators - they are always responsive, available and accountable - again something that is incredibly important to those planning the biggest day of their lives.
It's been 4 years and we are still in touch with the team - the working relationship we had naturally extended into a friendship - we can't wait to see them again, and to celebrate life with them again soon. And perhaps it's telling that we have an oversized print of Villa Pianciani taking up 3/4 of one wall in the master bedroom of our home.
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