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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Certaldo, Italy your home away from home

A charming medieval town, Certaldo is located in the middle of the Val d’ Elsa, in the heart of delightful Tuscany. Just half an hour’s drive from Florence, Certaldo is divided between a walled Old Town and a modern residential suburb, giving visitors a great mix of art, history and culture and modern amenities. This also means that visitors can choose from holiday rental accommodation that ranges from beautifully restored cottages to modern apartments.

Things to do in Certaldo, Italy

The medieval old town (known as ‘Rione Castello’) is the main draw of Certaldo, and can be reached on foot or by cable car from the main piazza in just a few short minutes. Despite some damage during World War II, most of the stone buildings are well preserved, with many of the principal residences facing onto Via Boccaccio.

The name ‘Boccaccio’ refers to the famous Italian author and poet Giovanni Boccaccio. Certaldo was his home town, and you can visit his family home in the Rione Castello. The red brick house has been restored with traditional furniture. A statue of Boccaccio can also be admired in the main square.

Another restored residence worth a visit is the Palazzo Pretorio, the home of the Florentine governors, which houses a number of 13th-16th century frescoes. This is the highest building in town, and offers some great panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Certaldo is highly regarded for its festivals, with several held on an annual basis. The biggest and most famous is the Mecantia – a week-long celebration which attracts street performers and artists from all across Europe. A crafts and flea market is also held every Sunday.

Places to visit on holiday in Certaldo, Italy

Certaldo is conveniently located just 49km from Florence, 43km from Pisa, and 56km from Siena, meaning you are in an ideal position if you wish to get out of the countryside for a day or two. Closer to home, the Val d’Elsa region has many other towns and villages worth exploring, as well as almost endless rolling hills, heritage sights and great golfing opportunities.

Weather in Certaldo, Italy

The Val d’Elsa region draws many visitors during the summer, when temperatures average around 25C – meaning a hike around the hills or a walk around old towns such as Certaldo is an enjoyable experience, rather than a draining one. The crowds and temperatures drop during winter, but it is still warm enough to enjoy your stay. Rainfall stays between 50mm and 100mm every month, so heavy rain is unlikely to ruin your holiday rental in Certaldo.

Flights to Certaldo, Italy

Being just a short distance from the big cities, you have two man choices to get to your holiday accommodation in Certaldo. Peretola Airport, Florence (FLR) and Galileo Galilei International Airport, Pisa (PSA) are both within an hour’s drive to your destination, so by doing some bargain hunting you should be able to get a good deal.

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                                                                                                  Review for stay from 25 September 2016 to 04 October 2016

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                                                                                                  Aufenthalt für 9 Nächte. Die Unterkunft liegt mitten in Certaldo Alto in einem alten Palazzo. Mit der Wohnung kann der Turm des Palastes genutzt werden. Hervorragende Sicht auf Certald Alto, Certaldo Ort, in die Landschaft der Toscana bis San Gimignano. Gastgeber freundlich und hilfsbereit. Verständigung auf Englisch war möglich. Gastronomie in der Altstadt und im Ort reichlich vorhanden. Bahnhof innerhalb von 15 Minuten erreichbar, Verbindungen nach Siena/Florenz und Pisa stündlich. Supermarkt (ca. 2 km) mit Auto erreichbar.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Wonderful, enjoyable, peaceful and fulfilling....

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                                                                                                  Overall: Wonderful, enjoyable, peaceful and fulfilling. Enjoyed Most: Traditional. Enjoyed Least: Hot water availability. Surrounding Area: View. Nearby Events or Locales: Sciano. Yes. Tips or Restaurants: Bring your appetite, walking shoes and camera. Directions: GPS location was helpful.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Great vacation experience. Setting, grounds, pool, location, view were all fantastic. Owners we...

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                                                                                                  Overall: Great vacation experience. Setting, grounds, pool, location, view were all fantastic. Owners were responsive, very helpful and available at all times when needed. Enjoyed Most: Everything. Very conveniently located to major attractions in Tuscany and Florence. Having a pool with a view out over the hills and countryside was icing on the cake. Enjoyed Least: Initial orientation to the roadways (we all had vehicles) and in and out of the area took some doing, but once we got used to coming and going it was easy. Surrounding Area: Very quiet around the villa, but centrally located to make day trips to Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, other hill towns, wineries etc. Sunrise and sunset vistas were spectacular. Nearby Events or Locales: Certaldo was the nearby town. Some reviews said it was within walking distance. It is not. Access roads are narrow, and the return walk from town would be several miles up hill. It could be dangerous to try to walk them especially at night. Not much night life in this town that we could see. Tips or Restaurants: Had the greatest time at Osteria di Casa Chianti restaurant in or near Fiano, not far from the villa. Max, the owner was most entertaining, and the food was good. Buy toilet paper and bug spray on the way in. Check In Out: None whatsoever. Everything went smoothly. Renters should remember that there is a 1,500 euro cash deposit due upon arrival and you pay extra for consumption of water, gas and electricity. We were 11 people, used the heated pool for a week and our use of all of these came to about 350 Euro for the week.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016