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Certaldo – Guided walking tours with local guides

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Guided tours in Certaldo, the town of Giovanni Boccaccio

Our Licensed Tour Guides will led you to discover one of the most charming and picturesque medieval villages of Tuscany: Certaldo.

This video, with its aerial images, makes even more tangible the beauty of this city, its monuments and the beautiful landscape that surrounds it, a corner of Tuscany absolutely to find out! A flight over more than a thousand years of history that will make even more attractive your guided tour lead  by our Tour Guides.

Home of the writer Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the Decameron, Certaldo is located 12 km from San Gimignano, on the border between the provinces of Siena and Florence, along the ancient Via Francigena.

Far from the frenetic pace of mass tourism, Certaldo Alta maintains the charm of the medieval village, with houses and buildings in brick dating from the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The guided tour touches the palaces and the most important churches of the village: the House of Giovanni Boccaccio; the Church of Santi Jacopo e Filippo (XIII century, where Giovanni Boccaccio was buried); the adjacent Sacred Art Museum (with paintings, sculptures and jewelery from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century), the Palazzo Pretorio, former fortress of the Counts Alberti (1192) and home of the Vicars of the city of Florence (XIII-XVIII) where people can admire the Tabernacle of Giustiziati (where those condemned to death prayed before being killed), a masterpiece frescoed around 1460 by Benozzo Gozzoli, the favorite painter of Medici Family.

In the footsteps of Giovanni Boccaccio: guided tours with Local Tour Guides in Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa

To the visit of Certaldo you can combine a guided tour of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa. The leitmotif of each itinerary is clearly Giovanni Boccaccio.

The city centre of Florence with its monuments, his ancient streets and squares will reveal to you its medieval past.

Siena, a pearl among the Tuscan medieval cities, gives you the possibility to visit the local State Archive where the original will of the great storyteller is kept.

In Pisa, inside the Monumental Cemetery, situade in the “Piazza dei Miracoli”, you can admire the fresco painting “The Triumph of Death”, by Buonamico Buffalmacco, depicting the lifelike atmosphere of that time.  Buonamico Buffalmacco is not only the painter of this masterpiece but one of the main characters of some of the most lively novellas of the Decameron.

San Gimignano, the town of the ancient towers, is mentioned many times by Boccaccio – as well as by Dante – for the quality of its wines.  Among them, the Vernaccia still plays a leading role. Its first mention dates to the 1276 and since then it still grows in this unique place, which contains all the smell and flavour of its “terroir”.

A day in Certaldo, educational activities and thematic workshops

At the Palazzo Giannozzi and the old Convent of Saint Augustin, very beautiful locations recently restored, it will be possible to participate in educational activities and thematic workshops, projects designed for schools so that students can learn while having fun but also for adults so that they can spend the vacation of their dreams in a fabulous place, in contact with nature and ancient traditions.

Here are our suggestions:
  • The decoration of ceramics and majolica technique
  • Italian and Tuscany cooking class
  • The city and its countryside: a walk through the Natural Park of Canonica to discover the deep ties that have always combined the life of the city and wise management of land resources
  • I’ll tell you a Novella: in the frame of Certaldo Alto you can attend the performance of some stories of the Boccaccio’s Decameron. It is a play, very suggestive, staged by the citizens of Certaldo


The visit of Certaldo can be combined to the guided tour of  San GimignanoColle di Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi, Monteriggioni,  San Vivaldo, San Galgano AbbeySan Miniato al Tedesco.

Send us your requests and we will create a guided tour specially tailored for you!