Places where marriage ceremonies, both civil and religious, may be performed have widened considerably over the years.
High flyers may like this setting:
Those who are in a hurry to get away to their honeymoon destination may prefer this vehicle combination:
If both spouses are Pisceans then this could be an option:
If you love getting to the top of things, especially mountains, then you could emulate this Nepalese couple who got married on Mount Everest’s summit.
Bagni di Lucca comune doesn’t offer these options. Instead it offers a delightful location amid verdant hills and picturesque villages in a beautiful part of Tuscany.
There are three sites currently available where civil marriages can take place. They are:
- The comune (or town hall) of Bagni di Lucca
- The casinò (or ex-gambling hall) of the comune.
- The circolo dei forestieri (or foreigners’ club)
There is talk of adding a fourth – the old English church (now turned partly into a library).
All venues are old and atmospheric. Bagni’s town hall has a nice feel to it and the council chamber is used for the ceremony.
On the walls are various paintings including one showing Christopher Columbus discovering America and then finding that a Lucchese had already got there before and was selling him a plaster-of-Paris statuette, for which local industries are famous. (See the museum at Coreglia Antelminelli at http://comune.coreglia.lu.it/index.php?option=com_inform&view=article&id=56)
The town hall’s back garden could do with a spruce-up, however. Perhaps a rose garden might be in place here.
Last week I was present with a friend as one of the two witnesses required in Italy at a civil marriage ceremony in the town hall. Witnesses don’t have to be residents of Bagni di Lucca. This was the first Italian civil marriage ceremony I have contributed to, although I have on two previous occasions helped out in arrangements afterwards.
The ceremony was performed by the mayor Dr. Massimo Betti wearing his mayoral tri-colour sash, and was both solemn and charming. Solemn because there are quite a few articles in Italian law relating to wedding partner obligations that have to be read out – it’s not just a matter of “will you etc.”.
An interpreter was present and at the end we confirmed that we had heard and understood everything that was said and contributed to signing the marriage certificate.
The newly-weds were then applauded and also given a special hand-made-paper wedding certificate and flowers from the mayor.
(PS I’m wearing the same tie I wore at my own wedding…)
In all – including the photographer – there were seven people present in the town hall, one more than at our own wedding which took place in the last century at Caxton Hall, Westminster, London.
A quiet wedding, certainly but clearly one very important day in the lives of the couple. Coincidentally, the mayor told them that he had two relatives living in the midland city where they hailed from. Wonders never cease!
For more information about how one can get married in Italy do contact Lisa Redgrave whose web-site is at
and who has already arranged many such wedding ceremonies with the greatest of success.