Certaldo: Boccaccio’s birthplace

certaldo-centro-storicoThe town of Certaldo is located in province of Firenze, just 13 kilometers from San Gimignano. Located in the heart of the Valdelsa this small municipality of just over 16,000 inhabitants, it is the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, one of the most important poets of Italian literature. Continue reading

Volterra: a tuscan jewel near San Gimignano

volterra-le-balzeFor those visiting spend a few days in San Gimignano is good knowing that, in the surroundings of this beautiful town, there are lots of wonderful places that are worth a visit. These include the outstanding town of Volterra.

Volterra and San Gimignano,a journey into the history and authentic traditions Continue reading

The surroundings of San Gimignano: daily trips

If you have planned a vacation for a few days in San Gimignano will be good to have some ideas also on nearby towns in order to arrange some excursions outside the historic center.
The city’s location is definitely strategic and around San Gimignano you will enjoy very beautiful landscapes and locations.

The land of Boccaccio: Certaldo
Although it is within the province of Florence, the town of Certaldo is located less than ten miles from San Gimignano. The town is most famous for being the birthplace of one of the greatest tuscan poets, Giovanni Boccaccio. The village is divided into two parts: the historic  top  part is accessed via a funicular which covers 55 vertical meters from the modern square downtown. A  must see in Certaldo is the house of Boccaccio  containing  a library that is a reknown  point of reference for historical  researchers Continue reading