View of Certaldo Alto
Certaldo is situated in the hearth of Tuscany between Florence and Siena. The Town is divided in an upper medieval part called "Rione Castello", surrounded by fortification walls, and a lower, modern and industrialised part.
The Rione Castello maintains the original harmonious structure of a medieval ‘borgo’ with the Palazzo Pretorio, the monasteries, the churches, the towers and the fortifications. The history of Certaldo is documented only from 1164, when Federico Barbarossa bestowed this territory to the Counts Alberti.
ertaldo is famous also because it is the native land of Giovanni Boccaccio, one of the greatest poets of Italian Medieval literature. Boccaccio, that is the author of the celebrated Decameron, written between 1349 and il 1351, lived the last years of his life and his house that now is a museum and can be visited.
The certaldo Town Hall – Palazzo Pretorio – is located on the top of a hill, inside the enchanted medieval walls. Ceremonies are usually performed in the wonderful court-yard that gives the sensation to be plunged in the familiar and charming atmosphere of ancient times.