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Great 100 inhabitants little fortified town

Birthplace of one of the top three italian writers, Boccacio, Certaldo alta is a beautiful little... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Sherbrooke, Canada
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Picturesque and peaceful

Spent some time here with a group of painters doing some plein air watercolours - lots of... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Birthplace of one of the top three italian writers, Boccacio, Certaldo alta is a beautiful little jewel in Tuscany. If you go there please be kind and respectful to the very few inhabitants of the place. La dolce vita at its best.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Spent some time here with a group of painters doing some plein air watercolours - lots of magnificent buildings but not crowded. Would definitely go back again if given the chance. Novelty ride up and down in a funicular railway too

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

Certaldo Alto is certainly one of the nicest medieval hilltop towns, easily accessed from Certaldo Basso by funiculare. Be sure to stop in to see the ceramics on the main street not far from the funiculare; the 'artigiani' here have hand-painted it all, and one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

We stayed in a farm villa outside of Certaldo and saw much of the modern town which is nice but not really impressive. The last day we were in Tuscany we finally visited Certaldo Alto which is the ancient town up on the hill above....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank sisholm
Reviewed October 17, 2018

The original walled town is historic and has three museums.Easy to stroll around and plenty of places to eat and drink. The benefit is easy access to many of the other hill towns. Florence and Sienna are a quick train trip away.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ken C
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Really a hidden treasure, authentic and quiet litte mountain village! Take the funicular (funicolare) up to the old city centre. Easy parking, just follow 'funicolare', 1.50 euro per ticket. It's such a fun experience for the whole family! The old town is very beautiful, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

Only small but provides great views and a selection of Restaurants to choose from. Certaldo proved a great base to visit Florence and Siena.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ian B
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Wonderful town in Tuscany. Warm loving people with beautiful Tuscan villas nearby. A dream come true

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Marie D
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Good food, nice people and a stunning view. It’s a must see if you are traveling around the Chianti region. Pay a visit to La Casa di Boccaccio if you want to get some culture as well.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Lovely little town to explore. Not very big at the top of the funicular but well worth a visit. Lovely views across the Tuscan hills. Nice place for a quiet stroll.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from bidj | Reviewed this property |
Probably late answering this- I apologize. The best way to get to Certaldo alto is to take the funicular. You can walk back down as it isn't bad at all. Hope you have a great time!
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Matt F
Mercantia festival - group tours from Florence? (0 Replies)
Hi, I am a solo traveler staying in Florence for a few days next month. One thing I'd like to fit into my schedule is the Mercantia street festival in Certaldo. However, it doesn't start until after dark, and the last train back to Florence leaves around 10. Are there any tour companies that transport groups from Florence to the festival and return late at night? Thanks!
June 23, 2018|
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Wedding - but where if not Siena? (6 Replies)
Hi My fiance and I had our hearts set on a wedding in Siena, a place we have been to a number of times and loved. However, the only date we can do is 11th August and it is just before the Palio so there will be scaffolding up in the square and sand on the floor. We were hoping to have an informal affair - inviting friends along (rather than paying for them, unfortunately we don't have a large budget!) - and paying for a meal in a restaurant on the Campo during the evening. Our idea was...More
February 26, 2007|
Response fromlomer|
I am, probably, a bit "interested" but I would suggest Montepulciano (I live here), it's bigger than the other places you mentioned; the only problem could be that in those days (between 10th and 16th August) there will be a popular show named Bruscello and there will be the background scene just in front of the Duomo. Good luck and congratulations!! Regards, Lorena
Marina del Rey, California
Renting a Car in Florence??? (1 Replies)
My husband and I are taking a cooking class in Certaldo (~37 km outside of Florence). We were looking at taxis and car services, but the prices seem outrageous compared to renting a car. We're being quoted $600 to $800 per day. Is a car rental a good idea, and do we need to get an International Driver's permit? I know IDPs are available through AAA. Any advice would be appreciated. There is a Hertz nearby our hotel that we can rent from.
April 11, 2011|