is divided into two parts, a walled city high on the hill called
"Rione Castello" or "Certado Alto"
and a lower, modern and industrialised part. It is
located on the hills that divide the Val d'Elsa from the
Val di Pesa, and is
well worth a visit. The old town can be reached on foot in 10 minutes or by
funicular from the station in the main piazza
in 2 minutes.
Don't miss the Mercantia street theatre festival in Certaldo!
Certaldo and Giovanni Boccaccio
Certaldo was the home of the family of
Giovanni Boccaccio, who died and was
buried here in 1375.
Certaldo main sights
Certaldo has three museums accessible using a single ticket. They are the museum dedicated to Boccaccio (Casa del Boccaccio), the museum of sacred art and the Palazzo Pretorio, all on via Boccaccio.
● Palazzo Pretorio was originally the castle of the Conti Alberti with its facade is decorated with coats of arms in stone and glazed terracotta that commemorate the governors (vicari) sent from Florence. The keep remains from the original 12 C structure, and the rest dates from the 1400s. Around the courtyard are the rooms where justice was administered, dungeons, and a chapel with a fresco of Doubting Thomas attributed to Benozzo Gozzoli. Several rooms have decorated doorways, fireplaces and remnants of frescoes.
Palazzo Pretorio in Certaldo Alto
Museum of Sacred Art
Via Boccaccio in Certaldo Alto
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