Intimate and Sophisticated Ceremonies: The Castle Opens to Minimony

They are called minimony or micro weddings and are a trend that is very much in vogue among many couples, both Italian and foreign. Sharing the most important day of one's life with a very few, select guests, creating an intimate ceremony but still paying attention to the smallest details.
Table of contents:
  1. Refined micro weddings
  2. The enchantment of small ceremonies
  3. The imposing Luzzi Hall
  4. Other corners and the garden

Minimony Refined

Many couples today choose to celebrate their marriage in a reserved manner, with a small and particularly refined ceremony. However, this choice can present challenges, as many wedding venues impose a minimum number of participants, sometimes forcing compromises on the elegance of the event. The Castle of Torre Alfina decided to respond to this need by offering a unique opportunity to couples wishing to pledge eternal love during exclusive ceremonies with a small number of guests, thus realising the dream of a fairytale wedding.

Intimate and Enchanting Ceremonies

Immersed in the evocative beauty of a historic residence and away from the traditional crowded ceremonies, the Torre Alfina Castle happily offers the possibility of organising intimate and elegant minimonies. The bride and groom will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience in a romantic and atmospheric setting. With customised packages and meticulous attention to every detail, our staff will strive to turn your intimate wedding into an unparalleled experience, making the magic of this dream location accessible to all. Moreover, if you choose a weekday for the ceremony (Monday to Thursday), you can access more favourable rates.

Ennio Luzzi Hall

The bride and groom can choose between numerous picturesque corners within the castle to set up their ceremony, including the sumptuous Ennio Luzzi Hall, considered the main hall of the structure. This space represents an authentic artistic masterpiece steeped in history, the result of centuries of effort to preserve the essence and beauty of the castle. Commissioned in 1600 by the Monaldeschi della Cervara family, the Ennio Luzzi Room was magnificently decorated and frescoed by Cesare Nebbia. Later, in the early 1900s, it underwent an initial restoration by Pietro Ridolfi. Around 1990, Ennio Luzzi assumed responsibility for the restoration of the marks left by his illustrious predecessors, a commitment that earned him the posthumous naming of the hall. This room is ready to welcome newlyweds and their guests in an atmosphere of pure magic, offering an unforgettable experience for the most important day of their lives.

Evocative Corners and Renaissance Garden

In addition to the prestigious Luzzi Hall, newlyweds will have the opportunity to choose between various picturesque corners within the castle or the enchanting scenery offered by the renaissance garden. The latter, a refined Italian garden, enriches the open spaces of the castle and overlooks a breathtaking panorama. Here, the geometries of the hedges, the presence of a fountain with water features, flower beds and a secret garden make it possible to celebrate intimate ceremonies and to organise elegant and refined outdoor wedding banquets.

The Torre Alfina Castle offers a unique opportunity for couples wishing to realise an intimate wedding, without compromising the elegance and sophistication of the event. Ask for more information on how we can help make your minimony a reality, amidst historic halls, Renaissance gardens and the evocative views that hide magical scenery, ideal for creating indelible memories.


Bridesmaids: the Origins of Tradition

What is one of the greatest emotions for a bride? Having at your side friends, sisters, cousins to whom you give a special role on the most important day of your life. We are talking about the bridesmaids of the bride, practical and emotional support figures from the planning stages of the wedding, right up to the big day. A major role among bridesmaids is also played by the maid of honour.
Table of contents:
  1. The origins of tradition
  2. In Italy an imported tradition
  3. The role of bridesmaids

Ancient Origins of Tradition

The tradition of accompanying the bride towards her dream of love has very ancient origins. It dates back toAncient Egypt, when it was believed that on the wedding day, the evil spirits could prevent the bride from realising her happiness. It was therefore customary for a group of at least ten women to wear dresses similar to the bride's wedding dress, to confuse and throw off evil spirits. This belief was also echoed in Ancient Rome, and from the Renaissance onwards, throughout Europe, the number of young women, often single, helping the bride and accompanying her up to the moment of the ceremony, was all the greater as the economic and social power of the bride's family.

Bridesmaids in Italy: a Modern Tradition

The figure of the bridesmaids was imported from the United States to our country only very recently. Until some 50 years ago, the Italian bride surrounded herself with pageboys and bridesmaids, i.e. children particularly close to the bride and groom who performed certain tasks during the ceremony. The bridesmaids, two to six, wore clothes of the same model differentiated at most by colour. Same number for the page which were to be dressed up and one of them usually had the role of carrying the wedding rings down the aisle. Most important role in Italy they had, and still have, the bride and groom's witnesses. The bride still chooses a friend, a sister or a person close to her who, however, usually has no particular tasks to perform. In contrast to the Anglo-Saxon world, where the role of bridesmaids and maid of honour is taken very seriously.

Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour in the Anglo-Saxon World

In USA and the UK the tradition of bridesmaids is very well established. The wedding procession consists of the "bridesmaids' and the 'maid of honour' as key figures. Bridesmaids have the very specific task of advising the bride in her choice of dress, following her through all the stages of wedding preparation, helping her to dress and relax during the big day. They also have the role of opening the wedding procession, behind the maid of honour, and flanking the bride at the altar. The bridesmaids must also wear a dress of the same colour, carefully chosen by the bride according to her taste.
The bridesmaid performs a fundamental role in the wedding preparations and celebration. During the ceremony co-ordinates pageboys and bridesmaids. She is the first to enter the church, in front of the bridesmaids, holding a small bouquet of the same floral arrangement as the bride's. During the ritual, it deals with settle the dress and veil of the bride. During the course of the banquet, she is ready to intervene to handle any unforeseen events, while maintaining a discreet profile so as not to overshadow the star of the event. Anglo-Saxon tradition suggests that la bridesmaid meets her future husband at her friend's wedding.

The influence of the Anglo-Saxon world is now also being felt in Italy. In fact, more and more Italian brides are choosing to replace bridesmaids and groomsmen with adult bridesmaids and a maid of honour.

The Sasseto Forest

Bosco del Sasseto: Discovering the Enchanted Kingdom

A monumental park at the foot of the Torre Alfina Castle where nature and art come together in timeless beauty. A Natural Monument of the Lazio Region since 2006, the Bosco del Sasseto welcomes you in an evocative atmosphere of colours, smells and unforgettable sensations.

Just below the Torre Alfina Castle, an anonymous hidden lane leads into the Monumental Sasseto Foresta jewel of forest diversity unique in the Lazio region. The gardens and forest paths were designed at the end of the 19th century by the French architects Henry and Achille Duchêne, creating the historical garden of the Torre Alfina Castle.

Table of contents:
  1. The origins and formation of the forest
  2. Enchanted trails and biodiversity
  3. Fairies and fantasy settings
  4. Guided tours of the Sasseto Woods

History and Education

The name Bosco del Sasseto is due to the many lava boulders that originated, around 820,000 years ago, from a volcanic cliff of the oldest volcano in Latiumwhose eruptive mouth was located in the area of the present-day castle. Thanks to the quality of the soil, trees grew on this slope and among the boulders that later became centuries old, creating a plant and animal biodiversity which in 2006 led to the forest becoming Natural Monument of the Region of Lazio. The Bosco del Sasseto is still today a unicum with the historic garden of the Torre Alfina Castle, strongly desired by the Marquis Edward Cahen d'Anvers and chosen by him as his burial place.

Emotional Journey through Enchanted Paths

And then you enter the Bosco del Sasseto and are overwhelmed. Here, nature seems to dance to the rhythm of its own secret melody, creating theatmosphere of an enchanted and wonderful world. Centuries-old trees covered in ivy, the damp smell of fresh, soft moss, the scent of elder blossom. And again large hollow trunks, twisted branches that barely let the sun's rays filter through and the ancient lava flow boulders that seem to bow to our passing. A place that attracts, draws attention and strikes all our senses.

The Fairy Temple

As you move ecstatically to the rhythm of birdsong, you are surprised again by the sight of a stone monument, imposing amidst unspoilt nature. It is the Gothic mausoleum of Marquis Edward Cahen, but everyone calls it the Fairy Temple. It stands majestically embraced by the green of the forest, creating a fascinating contrast between human art and natural beauty. You look around and feel like part of a fantasy film. You can't help but imagine an elf or a fluttering fairy beckoning you to follow them, only to disappear soon after.

How to Visit the Sasseto Woods

To have a magical experience in the Bosco del Sasseto, it is necessary to plan ahead. The forest is can only be visited on certain dates and with an accompanying person. Experienced storytellers will tiptoe you through the history and the biodiversity of the forestrevealing secrets that only this enchanted place can offer. It is advisable to contact the Municipality of Acquapendente for up-to-date information on openings and reservations. When you visit the Bosco del Sasseto, you will feel as if you have crossed the threshold of an enchanted kingdom, ready to reveal its secrets to anyone willing to explore them.

fairytale wedding

A Dream Wedding: Elegance and Romance at Torre Alfina Castle

A jewel of medieval architecture set in the hills of Alta Tuscia is the perfect setting for a romantic and refined dream wedding. The Renaissance garden, courtyards, breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and the possibility of ending the day in one of the castle's historic rooms. A modern fairytale for an unforgettable experience

Celebrating a wedding in a unique setting is the dream of many bridal couples who desire a special, elegant, unforgettable ceremony. The Torre Alfina Castle will make your wishes come true by offering you the perfect location and impeccable organisation. But how do you organise the most important day in your life? Here is 4 tips for a perfect wedding:

Table of contents:
  1. Establishing the budget
  2. What kind of ceremony to choose?
  3. The details that make the difference
  4. Continuous planning and support

1. The Budget for a Dream Wedding

La advance planning is essential to ensure the success of the event. Once you have chosen Torre Alfina Castle as the location, it is time to planning and establishing a budget. Set a date and determine the number of guests. Figure out how you would like your wedding day to be: decorations, entertainment, catering, photographer. So contact us for a quote and we will help you choose the formula that best suits your needs. Consider the option of hiring a experienced wedding plannercapable of handling all logistical details and ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

2. Choose the Type of Ceremony

Civil or religious ceremony? In our castle you can choose whether to celebrate a official civil ceremony or the classic religious ceremony. In the first case, you can take advantage of the wonderful renaissance gardenwith its courtyards and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys, or one of the castle's evocative inner rooms, amidst frescoes and precious woods. For the religious ceremony you will have at your disposal the lovely parish church nearby.

3. Magical Details for After the Ceremony

After the reception, the Torre Alfina Castle offers you a unique privilege. A Suite and two double rooms will be available of those who want to immerse themselves completely in the magic of a medieval castle. Spend an enchanting night among high ceilings, drapery and precious woods. A perfect way to end the most important day of your life, immersed in theatmosphere of this dream castle.

4. Planning and Attention to Detail

The organisation of the Torre Alfina Castle is at your disposal to ensure a careful planning and responsive to your every need. Contact us to discover the proposals that will delight you and pamper your guests: such as a catering with excellent local food and wine, and the Cuban corner. Be sure to experience the enchantment of an unforgettable day, an experience of pure love and elegance.

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