Podere Conti is a rustic but luxurious Wedding Venue in the Tuscany’s countryside. Here is an interesting interview to Cornelia, the owner of this great agriturismo
Cornelia is the owner of Podere Conti, a luxury agriturismo in Tuscany based in the Lunigiana area, between Genova and Florence. I had the pleasure to meet her during the destination wedding of Clare & Gerrard and I am very glad to introduce her activity and location.
An organically certified olive field with an old history and incredible charme
Set in an organically certified, 200-acre olive estate beneath the magnificent Apennines mountains, this 17th-century hamlet is a typical agriturismo. Corrado and English Cornelia, have lovingly renovated it whilst also raising a family.
Follow a winding five-kilometer drive through chestnut, hazelnut and oak forest (ensuring utter seclusion), be greeted by charming Cornelia, decant into rooms beautifully designed with Arabian (not Tuscan) flair; both spent time in Abu Dhabi. Find exquisite rugs on cotto floors, raw beams, antique screen bed heads, richly textured cushions, delicious cotton bedding, little chandeliers, creaky trunks, glass bedside lights, and breezy bathrooms with free-standing tubs and monogrammed towels… all feels uncluttered and balanced. La Tavolata, their restaurant, serves delicious estate-produced meals (game in season) against sensational valley sunsets. There’s loads to do both on the estate and off – this is heaven for free-range kids. And, with secluded nooks, poolside daybeds and hammocks in secluded crannies, it’s pretty nice for adults too. Oh, and a haunted ruin!
Can you start off by telling us more about your wedding business? How did you get started and how the business has evolved?
As soon as we opened we received requests for weddings from both Italian and non-Italian couples. The business has grown exponentially in recent years, probably helped by social media showing events we’ve hosted.
What makes Tuscany and Podere Conti so unique?
It goes without saying that Tuscan food and wine make for an unforgettable wedding feast in the most romantic of settings. For those looking to host an outdoors countryside wedding, Podere Conti offers a very private location set in a 200-acre working farm estate which combines rustic charm and luxurious rooms with fine dining.
Destination weddings are becoming more popular every year, where are most of the couples from?
Our couples come from all over, from the next door village to as far away as Australia!
Why couples choose Podere Conti for their destination wedding?
I think because the location has many areas and spaces to create unique events as well as a successful restaurant in loco. One of the reasons why a couple chooses Italy is for its delicious food and our restaurant offers a wide variety of typical Italian dishes.
Which are the most popular requests from the couples who decide to celebrate their destination wedding in Tuscany?
Couples that choose Podere Conti for their wedding love to have dinner in the courtyard under the stars. I have to say that this is a must!
Do you have any funny or interesting story about weddings that happened in Podere Conti?
We’ve hosted weddings for couples who haven’t been able to visit the location due to distance but trusted in us enough to book blindly (and we didn’t disappoint!).
Which are the trending styles for 2019/2020 weddings?
Every year is different from each other and we host a lot of different wedding styles but I would say that Boho / Nature / Eco-friendly weddings will be the trending styles for the next wedding seasons.
Which is the best part of your work?
When the bride and groom feel they’ve created their perfect day and come back to celebrate their anniversaries!
If you could give a piece of advice to a couple that is going to get married abroad, what would it be?
Take the time as a couple to visit the location more than once if you can so as to enjoy getting away and planning your special day together. Arrive at least one day before your guests to settle the final details before they arrive..
If you want to see all the photos from my last Destination wedding in Podere Conti you can click here.