As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
Hello and Thank you for any and all answers you give me. My son is traveling to Florence and would like to have a civil wedding. He has dual citizenship all the paper work concerning consule and appointment with consule is ready, what I can't get them to answer me on is do they have to be married at the muncipal bldg or can they find somewhere to marry like here in the states you can get a notary to perform your marriage anywhere. Also if anyone knows of a translator & photograher in florence they will need one. Once again thank you for any help you can give me hope I explained myself ok.
I may be entirely wrong about this, but I believe the civil wedding is always held at the municipal building and the church wedding always at the church. Unlike in the US, neither civil nor church ceremonies are held in parks, beaches, rental halls, etc.
The civil ceremony in Italy is much like our getting a licence except it is official and legal. It takes place at City hall although in Rome I have seen marriage records where the priest was authorized to do the civil part too. In Florence they may not need a translator especially if it was a church wedding and much more significant for an Italian wedding I would think.