Natalie and Joel’s Wedding: 5 June 2015


Family and friends!

From Friday 5th June we shall be living in sin no more, and we invite you to join in the celebrations!

Here’s some further information about the area, nuptials, and all the other little bits you need to know.


Palazzo di Piero

The Wedding is being held in a 16th century castle and villa on Etruscan estate land called Fattoria Palazzo di Piero. With over 600 acres of productive olive groves, vineyards, wooded stands of oak and pine, hidden ponds and creeks, it makes for a peaceful getaway. Up a long oak-lined drive sits The Castle, built in 1599, complete with medieval loggia, bell tower and fresco-lined chapel. Grand living rooms and dining hall spaces in the old Tuscan style serve as a perfect location for guests to gather, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Outside you can relax al fresco in the Italian gardens and beautiful swimming pools.

Palazzo di Piero is located just 2 km from Sarteano and 4 km from Chianciano. The closest and fastest way to arrive at the Castle is by train to Chiusi Chianciano Terme station, 11 km from the castle.

The Castle is somewhat remote, so we do advise hiring a car. We can recommend Hertz: cars are available from all the major airports and also Chiusi Chianciano Terme station.


The nearest airports to the location are Florence, Pisa, Bologna and Perugia.
The simplest (and possibly cheapest) routes are via Ryanair from Liverpool or London to Pisa, or Jet 2/Easyjet from Manchester to Pisa. From Pisa airport it is super simple to hire a car for the onward journey.
Alternatively, from Rome di Fumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International airport, you will easily be able to join the connecting trains to Chiusi.
Other possible airports are Bologna and Perugia.

There is limited accommodation on-site via the following website. Accommodation is available in cottages for larger groups, so we advise getting a group together to book. When reserving, email and please use the header ROCK/SAPPLETON wedding to make sure you get the preferential wedding rate!

There are also a number of hotels nearby. We like the look of Poggio Piglia, Hotel Villa Ricci and Il Patriarca.

If looking for other hotels, airbnb or B&Bs, the nearest towns to the Castle are Chianciano, Sarteano and Chiusi.

We advise booking as soon as possible as the area is very popular in June and gets booked up quickly.


A view of the Italian garden where the wedding will be held.

A view of the Italian garden where the wedding will be held.


The aisle

The aisle
The  inner courtyard - location for the party

The inner courtyard – location for the party



We realise that Italy is a long way to travel for a wedding, so we have booked the Castle for one week from 1st to 8th June inclusive. We’ve planned the following activities:

3rd June – Natalie’s hen do (that’s a bachelorette for the Americans)
4th June – rehearsal BBQ/dinner
5th June – BIG DAY, beginning at 3pm and partying until late
6th June – Post nuptial pool party (don’t forget your swimmers!)

The wedding will be outdoors so bring appropriate dress!

There are also plenty of other things to do in this beautiful part of Italy:

SIENA: Famous for its cuisine, art, shopping, museums, medieval cityscape and The Palio: Siena’s famous horse race held twice a year.

Beautiful Siena

FLORENCE: Tuscany’s capital, the centre of medieval European trade and finance. Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art, architecture and monuments. Florence is also at the hub of Italian fashion, ranked in the top fifty fashion capitals of the world.

MONTEPULCIANO: This is a breathtaking medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany, sitting high on a 1985 foot limestone ridge. Montepulciano is renowned for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, with wines made from the Montepulciano grape among Italy’s vest best. The region is also known for its pork, cheese, pasta, lentils and honey.

That’s all for now and we look forward to seeing you in Tuscany in June!

Natalie and Joel x