Certaldo is a town and comune of Tuscany, Italy, in the province of Florence, located in the middle of Valdelsa. Heading southwest, it is 50 minutes by rail and 35 minutes by car from the city ofFlorence. Heading north, it is 25 minutes by rail from Siena. It was the home of the family of Giovanni Boccaccio, who died and was buried here in 1375.
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.
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) (Italian pronunciation: [bokˈkattʃo]) was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular.
Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses inverisimilitude that of virtually all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writersand often followed formulaic models for character and plot.
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.
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