Being in love in Florence is a fairy-tale. With its stunning narrow streets, unforgettable panorama, enchanting history and unique nature, the Cradle of Renaissance is the perfect location for a pre wedding shoot or for an engagement session, that will remain in your heart forever.
Prewedding and engagement photos represent important moments, picturing the love between two people, their interests, passions and personalities. You’ll be spoilt of choices with all the possible options this romantic city offers, that’s why are going to present you a small guide on 4 best pre wedding photoshoot ideas in Florence, to suit every taste, and of different durations.
ROUTE ONE – PANORAMIC LOVE – 1 HOUR
If you have always loved panoramas and unique views, that’s the perfect pre wedding photoshoot for you. Piazzale Michelangelo, in the Oltrarno district of the city, is undoubtedly the most romantic spot of Florence, especially when the sky is turned red by the sun going down, one of the most magical things you’ll ever see. Lovers will be able to swear eternal love to each other with the city at their feet. This moment will be printed forever on unforgettable photos including the entire view of the beautiful Florence, from Forte Belvedere to Santa Croce, crossing the River Arno until Ponte Vecchio, from Palazzo Vecchio to Bargello, and to the majestic Brunelleschi Dome, the iconic monument, the symbol of Florence all over the world. Designed by the well-known architect Giuseppe Poggi, the piazza was built in 1869, when the city was capital of Italy and was dedicated to Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo.
Once you’ve taken your pre wedding photos in front of all this beauty, is time to move to one of the highest point of the whole city: San Miniato al Monte. With its beautiful Tuscan-style, green and white marble façade, the 9th century Basilica is one of the masterpieces of the Tuscan Romanesque, and the interior are fully decorated of beautiful frescoes. Several of the major artists of Renaissance worked in this Chapel, and that’s why this amazing, hidden gem, will last in your memories and romantic pictures forever.
ROUTE TWO – Love in the heart of Florence – 2 hours
The centre of Florence is a real masterpiece. Not only for its obviously amazing monuments, museums and plazas, but also for the enchanting and hidden corners lovers choosing the heart of the city for their pre wedding pictures can find.
The tour begins in Piazza della Signoria, in the past the centre of political life in Florence, whose main building, Palazzo Vecchio, is still today one of the most important palaces in the city. This square is one of the best backgrounds for your engagement and pre wedding shootings, with the iconic copy of the worldwide famous Michelangelo’s David – the original is kept in Galleria dell’Accademia – and the evocative Loggia dei Lanzi, a real open-air sculpture gallery.
Walk until the east of the square to find the majestic Uffizi complex, one of the world’s most important museums, a stunning museum not only because of all the works of art it contains, but also for the beautiful structure it has. From there, you’ll have a privileged view of Ponte Vecchio, the most romantic spot of Florence: pictures with this small, unique bridge, famous for all the artisanal jewelleries that hosts, are a must for lovers in this city, as this is one of the most iconic Florentine landmarks.
After a kiss near Ponte Vecchio, time to reach Santa Trinita square, through Via Tornabuoni, the main luxury Florentine shopping street, one of the locals’ favourite for a high-level shopping. Why don’t you leave Florence not only with amazing photos but also with an unforgettable gift?
ROUTE THREE – Love nearby the Duomo – 1 hour
Did you know that, still today, the Brunelleschi Cathedral includes the biggest dome ever realized? What about picturing the two of you in front of this majestic work of art, created by the artist Brunelleschi? The Cathedral’s breath-taking colours, with the pink dome, white and green marble façade and nice Campanile – bell tower – are the perfect background for your engagement photos. The works to build it began in 1246, and the construction took almost 150 years. Those who are brave enough can climb the 400 steps to the top of the Dome. The struggle is real, but it worth it: you’ll have an unforgettable panorama.
The streets around the Duomo, like via dei Calzaiouli and via Roma, are the heart of the city, the majestic Renaissance buildings are a feast for the eyes, and Piazza della Repubblica, with its arch and carousel, is one of the nicest in the city. The old, historical carousel at the centre of the square, made of wood and entirely decorated, creates a romantic and magic atmosphere for those who would like to be kids again in their pre wedding photos.
ROUTE FOUR – Love in the heart of Florence and Oltrarno – 2 hours
If after this amazing tour of the centre you would like to add some more Florentine landscapes to your pre wedding pictures, there’s another amazing part of the city to explore: Oltrarno, by the other side of the river Arno.
There, you’ll have the chance to visit the iconic Palazzo Pitti, a huge building wanted by Luca Pitti to challenge the hated Medici Family, one of the largest and most impressive buildings in Florence. Later the residence of the Medici family, now it’s a museum and it keeps a beautiful gem: Boboli Gardens.
Considered an open-air museum, this stunning Renaissance Park is one of the largest Italian style gardens in Italy, and is characterized by lovely avenues, meadows, panoramic views, and 16th and 17th century statues. Walking around this magic garden is like taking the way back to the Medici age, feeling like a noble couple waiting to get married in their frescoed Palazzo. Pre wedding photos in this setting are even more beautiful thanks to magic details hidden by the garden, such as many grottos, full of stalactites and statues, water plays and luxuriant vegetation, the perfect bucolic and historical background.
So, what are you waiting for? Time to pack, destination Florence!