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Are you staying in Siena? Or are you planning to go there? In any case you cannot miss Certaldo, a little medieval village located just 40 km from Florence and from Siena. Certaldo is renowned to be the birthplace of a very famous italian writer and poet: Giovanni Boccaccio. He wrote The Decameron, a collection of short stories translated into so many languages! A funicular will take us to the historic centre and you will find yourself back in time to the Middle Ages!
We will walk along the antique palaces made of terracotta to reach the Boccaccio birth house. We will climb to the top of the old tower where we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the sienese and florentine countryside. We will see the church dedicated to Saint Jacob and Philip to admire the 13th century polychrome wooden crucifix and the Pretorio Palace: we will go inside and see its beautiful frescoed rooms.
Time to go inside the church dedicated to Saint Thomas and Prosperus to admire the ‘Tabernacolo dei Giustiziati’ (tabernacle of the executed), a unique work by Benozzo Gozzoli. We will then continue our stroll along the little lanes of the village with its medieval towers and fortifications. We won’t be leaving Certaldo without trying the local specialties like the famous onion that has a special sweet flavour, perfect if you want to eat it raw or cooked together with you favorite dish! Something that you shoudn’t miss is the fantastic onion marmalade! It is so antique that you can find it in the coat of arms of Certaldo since the 13th century.
Even Giovanni Boccaccio talks about it in his Decameron!