Certaldo is a small Medieval Tuscan town, famous for being the place of birth (and death) of the poet and writer Giovanni Boccaccio.
Situated in the middle of the valley of the river Elsa (Val d’Elsa), it hosts many historically, culturally and artistically significant buildings.
Don’t be misled by Certaldo Bassa (Lower Certaldo), which is a more recent town; take the funicular railway and go up to Certaldo Alto (Upper Certaldo). You’ll immediately notice that time has stood still, as the hamlet (protected by three gates) is basically identical to when Boccaccio was born, lived and died there.
It isn’t far from Siena and San Gimignano; an area of Tuscany which is full of art, nature and culture.
Certaldo is world-famous for its intact Medieval town centre, which unfolds along its only main road.
WHY can’t you miss a visit to Certaldo?
It is one of the most picturesque Medieval hamlets of Tuscany and Val D’Elsa and it has preserved its old-fashioned magical charm. What’s more, Certaldo offers excellent food and wine culture.
WHAT to see in Certaldo
Upper Certaldo (Certaldo Alta) is the heart of this town. The Museum Casa Boccaccio is located here: he is believed to have been born here in 1313 and lived here until his death.
While wandering around the house, you’ll find a study centre and valuable library, where several copies of The Decameron are kept.
In the historical centre you can also visit the church dedicated to St Jacob and St. Philip, and the tomb of the famous story teller, Boccaccio.
Don’t miss Palazzo Pretorio, a symbol of the Medieval town, where some important artworks are kept: one of Pier Francesco Fiorentino’s Madonna with Child from 1489, a Crucifixion from 1478 and a Pietà.
The Museum of Religious Art and the Nail Museum, which has a vast collection of nails and tools from across the centuries, are also worth a visit.
Every summer an international street theatre festival is held in Certaldo: MERCANTIA. Suitable for all ages, the live performances take place along the alleyways of the hamlet, creating a unique and magical atmosphere which just cannot be missed!
The juggling and acrobatic shows in Mercantia transform the town in an enchanted place.
Certaldo is a charming place, even without famous events. You can take in its atmosphere while strolling along the streets of the centre, or stopping in one of the traditional restaurants to savour the local delicacies. Just outside Certaldo, at the Collinare Canonica Park, you can go jogging, hiking or nordic walking.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Casa del Boccaccio
Via Boccaccio – Certaldo Alto (Fi)
Winter Opening Times: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 to 13.30
Summer Opening Times: every day from 10.00 to 19.00
Call for more information Ph.+39 0571.664208