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Just like the suave Italian lad you met during your semester abroad (before your fiance was in the picture, of course), Borgo Santo Pietro will steal your heart. This 13th-century villa turned luxe hotel is surrounded by rolling hillsides, rows of wine grapes, and enough villages to keep things interesting -- just the right combination for a dreamy destination wedding.
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Meet and Greet
Show your crew what real Italian food is all about by holding your welcome dinner at Antica Osteria Da Divo, 20 miles away in Siena (a city known for the Palio, the nail-biting horse race held twice a year). The restaurant's upper level is a gorgeous space of bare brick and wood rafters; in the lower level, tables are tucked into nooks created by ancient Etruscan tombs. Signature offerings include hand-rolled Senese pasta with herb-and-wild-boar sauce, and a grilled beef tagliata steak with arugula and Pecorino cheese.
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Grab your bridesmaids and hide out for a few hours at the nearby Adler Thermae spa where you can float in thermal pools and be massaged, scrubbed, and soaked into a wedding-ready state of both body and mind.
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On-Site I Dos
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Off-Site Ceremony Spot
Or, if you're planning a religious service, hold your nuptials within the complex of San Galgano at the Montesiepi chapel, a hop, skip, and jump from the hotel. Legend has it that in 1180, Galgano Guidotti received a divine message to build this chapel, and once he was done -- because every chapel needs a cross -- he plunged a sword into the ground thinking its hilt could make the cross shape. That blade has been stuck in the stone ever since, and is still on display here -- no surprise, Galgano later achieved sainthood.
Photo: Giacomo Calossi
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Have the hotel set out plates of its hand-made focaccia, topped with tomatoes and rosemary from the gardens, and plates of herbed olive oil so your pals and relatives can have something to snack on while sipping their drinks and admiring the scenery.
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Play into your guests' sweet teeth by giving them the gift of chocolate – specially a selection of wedding pralines from Borgo Santo Pietro's own in-house pastry chef Diego Poli. These gourmet chocolates are made with hand-selected beans from all over the world and are mixed with herbs and natural flavors from Borgo's kitchen gardens.
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You've exchanged vows, kissed, dined, and had a first and a last dance. Now head out to your honeymoon in the country's cutest ride, a Fiat. (Borgo Santo Pietro can arrange this for you.) The "Just Married" sign and tin cans are totally optional.