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Certaldo Alto - small, beautiful and medieval

Certaldo Alto is a very beautiful Medieval city, sitting on top of Certaldo Basso. Its a must see if you are visiting Siena / San Gimignano area. Certaldo Basso is very peaceful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Certaldo Alto is a very beautiful Medieval city, sitting on top of Certaldo Basso. Its a must see if you are visiting Siena / San Gimignano area. Certaldo Basso is very peaceful, and easily reachable by Train from Empoli, It's also ideal to use as your overnight destination, to visit Siena / San Gimignano, at a fraction of the cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We recently spent a week staying in an apartment in Certaldo Alto, a small (you could certainly say intimate) hill town south of Florence. We stayed in a wonderful apartment, Il Vecchio Forno, with very hospitable owners who also live in the town. We found that while Certaldo Alto did not have a great number of restaurants, there were enough... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Certaldo is really two cities, one on the top of the hill and the other at the bottom. The hill top is a wonderful example of medieval history with a museum and cells. There are also numerous restaurants some of which are the best in Italy. The square below is not as spectacular but the residents are friendly and there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Just attended this location for a civil wedding ceremony for our son and our new daughter-in-law. This was the most wonderful moment one could ever imagine - the history, the atmosphere, the location. It was a fairy tale experience. Memories for a lifetime !!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

So many times have I gone to restaurants in Tuscany where the service shames the cuisine! What does it take to be courteous to receive clients with a smile after all that's why they call it the service industry!

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We stayed in Certaldo for a week in April and had the most wonderful experience. It is like stepping back in time; steeped in history with a lovely friendly atmosphere. A must visit when on holiday in Tuscany!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Don't be put off by the less than romantic new town at the bottom of the hill, but take the funicular railway up to the old town (park in the town square). Up the hill is a beautiful town, full of interesting houses, artists, museums, a castle museum with amazing views, and it's not completely mobbed by tourists like nearby... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Certaldo is two cities in one. The old city on the top of the hill, reached by the Funicular, hiking or car - is a wonderful adventure with fine restaurants. The "new" city is charming! Be sure to visit the weekly local market - it's so fun! Certaldo is a great location to stay and visit the surrounding Tuscan towns... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Certaldo has everything a medium sized town should offer in Tuscany. Cartaldo Basso is the hub of the town and is filled with all the shops you might need, restuarants and bars. Certaldo Alto is the historical centre and can by reached by funiculare train which will take you up the hill. Alto is very picturesque and a popular tourist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were two couples traveling together in October 2014. After having experienced the wonders and crowds of Rome and Sorrento (which we loved) but, we were thrilled to arrive to the more open space and quiet atmosphere of Certaldo area. But the old town was an unexpected treasure after all the busyness of the big cities. We love Certaldo Alto,... More 

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