A Wedding in Tuscany - Castello di Vincigliata

Being the fan of fairy tales and Disney movies that she is, my cousin, Rachel, decided to get married in an actual medieval castle. And since she is one of my closest female cousins (both in friendship and in age), I was stoked to be there!

Originally built in the 13th Century and located a few miles from Florence in the Fiesole Hill, the Castello di Vincigliata has been a family stronghold, a glass production center and a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II before finally settling down to it’s most fitting role, a wedding venue.

Castello di Vincigliata

But it’s not just some medieval castle, it’s a haunted medieval castle!

As an internet page so eloquently claims:

"The top room of the tower is also home to the ghost of Selvaggia, daughter of Giovanni Usimbardi, who fell dead of heartbreak when she saw her future husband struck down by his brother on their wedding day — she now appears, dressed in white, to succor desperate lovers.”

Good stuff, people!! Good stuff!!

Castello di Vincigliata - Walls

* Definitely not Helm’s Deep but close enough!!

Castello di Vincigliata - Lions

* The lions, Mufasa and Simba, guarding the door.

Castello di Vincigliata - Fountain

* I guess people were falling into the fountain so much that they had to put a protective net!

Castello di Vincigliata - Garden

* The cloisters, a highly conducive area for philosophizing, emoting, expressing a soliloquy and doing cartwheels.

Castello di Vincigliata

* The beverage / alcohol station aka Homebase.

Castello di Vincigliata - Crest

* Come forth, Aslan, and bid us good tidings and great cheer!!

Castello di Vincigliata - Armory

* The room where I plan to give my daughter’s suitors, “the talk”.

Castello di Vincigliata

* An authentic 13th century Florentine living room… with lounge chairs from IKEA.

Castello di Vincigliata - Stairs

* If any room should be haunted, it should definitely be the one with the dark window at the top!!  Hello, Selvaggia!!

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* Everyone nervous before the wedding; everyone, that is, except the bride and groom.

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* Mom looking elegant; dad looking sharp; me looking inebriated.

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* The beautiful bride and bejeweled groom on their big day.  Congrats again you guys!!
Castello di Vincigliata


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