Certaldo is one of the few medieval hamlet still intact built between 12th and 15th century, set in the heart of Tuscany. The centre hosts workshops, taverns and traditional restaurants, churches and museums.
Do not miss the famous Mercantia festival, international festival of street arts during the month of July.
Certaldo is the home of the writer Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the Decameron.
This picturesque village 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 rhythms of mass tourism, Certaldo maintains the charm of the medieval village with tiled houses and buildings dating back to the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
On this tour you will visit the palaces and the most important churches in the village: the Home-Museum of Giovanni Boccaccio, the Church of Saints Jacopo and Filippo (mid-thirteenth century) where Giovanni Boccaccio was buried.
The tour continues with the visit of the Praetorian Palace, former stronghold of the Counts Alberti (1192), then the seat of the Vicars of Florence (sec. XIII-XVIII) which contains the Tabernacle of the Executed frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli, favorite artist by Cosimo the Vecchio the Medici family.
The visit will end with a tasting of jams made from Certaldo Onion D.O.P. , Radish, pepper and red pepper, orange, apple and sage, figs, all accompanied by bread “sciocco” (unsalted) Tuscan.
The onions from Certaldo is so important that you can see it in the city’s shield. It became famous thanks to Boccacccio, who wrote about them in the Decameron describing these onions as the most famous onions in Tuscany. Its peculiarities are its sharp taste and the intense red color.
You will continue to the fascinating town of San Gimignano, one of the most charming hilled towns of Tuscany with its many medieval towers that still stand today. It has recently been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site as a testimony of medieval architecture. Today again the bustling San Gimignano flourishes with artisanal boutiques of the local trades and stores selling the towns ‘red gold’, the saffron spice and the centuries old Vernaccia white wine.
After spending time visiting San Gimignano and having free time to visit stores, churches and museums, you will continue on panoramic roads towards Volterra, an harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Here you will have free time for walking along the streets of the historical center, visiting the town’s famous Etruscan museum, the still standing millennia old Etruscan arch, the Roman theatre and the other monuments of the town.
Volterra is known for its alabaster and there are many shops throughout the town. You can stop at e Piazza dei Priori and buy some alabaster and metal sculptures.
In the late afternoon you will be driven back to your hotel in Florence .
|Meeting Point: At you hotel in Florence|
|DURATION: 8 HOURS|
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