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Comune di Certaldo
Certaldo alta panorama2008.jpg
Location of Certaldo
Certaldo is located in Italy
Location of Certaldo in Italy
Certaldo is located in Tuscany
Certaldo (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 43°32′52″N 11°2′28″E / 43.54778°N 11.04111°E / 43.54778; 11.04111Coordinates: 43°32′52″N 11°2′28″E / 43.54778°N 11.04111°E / 43.54778; 11.04111
Metropolitan cityFlorence (FI)
FrazioniBagnano, Fiano, Marcialla (part), Sciano
 • MayorGiacomo Cucini (PD)
 • Total75.28 km2 (29.07 sq mi)
67 m (220 ft)
(30 June 2017)[1]
 • Total16,004
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0571
Patron saintSt. Thomas the Apostle
Saint dayJuly 3
WebsiteOfficial website[dead link]

Certaldo is a town and comune of Tuscany, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Florence, in the middle of Valdelsa. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of the Florence Duomo.[2]

It is 50 minutes by rail and 35 minutes by car southwest of Florence, and it is 40 minutes by rail north of Siena.

It was the home of the family of Giovanni Boccaccio, the author of the Decameron. He died at his home in the town and was buried here in 1375. Also the actor Ernesto Calindri is born in Certaldo.


The town of Certaldo is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is called Certaldo Basso, whilst the medieval upper part is called Certaldo Alto. Certaldo Alto has limited vehicular access, for use by residents only. Visitors can park outside the walls or in the lower part and go to Certaldo Alto by the Certaldo funicular.

Main sights[edit]

  • Boccaccio's house, of red brick, like the other old houses here, was restored in 1823 and furnished with old furniture. A statue of him was erected in the main square in 1875.
  • The Palazzo Pretorio, or Vicariale, the residence of the Florentine governors, recently restored to its original condition, has a picturesque facade adorned with ceramic coats of arms, and in the interior are various frescoes dating from the 13th to the 16th century.


The town hosts several festivals a year. The largest and most famous is Mercantia,[3] a week-long party in Certaldo Alto. It involves numerous street performers from across Italy, Europe and even the Americas.

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Certaldo". Encyclopædia Britannica. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 762.
  3. ^ "Mercantia". Archived from the original on 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-09-07.