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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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                                                              My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tenuta dell'Anima. The 4 villas in close p...

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                                                              Overall: My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tenuta dell'Anima. The 4 villas in close proximity to one another allowed my wife's family together with mine to share a beautiful Tuscan experience in a relaxing setting. The memories will stay with us for a long time. Enjoyed Most: All 4 properties were very well maintained and generally in good shape. Elizabeth, the owner and our host, was very kind, gracious and helpful in many ways, even offering to pick up my sister in law from the Florence airport as a result of them being lost. Her hospitality was better than any 5-star hotel that I have stayed at. Enjoyed Least: The only improvement that I would suggest is in regards to the 2 pools. Although they were clean, we still found ourselves removing leaves before each use. Editor's Note: Due to the estate's rural, countryside location, leaves and/or garden debris may occasionally be found in the pool in between servicing. Surrounding Area: What is there not to like in Tuscany? Everything about the surrounding area was beautiful. Nearby Events or Locales: Nearest small town was Certaldo approx. 5 km away. It was within walking distance but given the lack of shoulders on the highway, we did not walk there. Tips or Restaurants: I would encourage all renters to ensure that they take day trips to one of the many towns. We found that alternating between relaxing at the villa and day trips to small towns, maximized our enjoyment of Tuscany and of the villas. Directions: Most of our guests were able to find the property using GPS. The written directions were good, but not great. I would suggest that the GPS coordinates of the villas be provided to all renters, in addition to the address, as not all GPS systems recognized the address. Editor's Note: All renters receive the GPS coordinates as well as the street adresses(es) prior to departure. Check In Out: Elizabeth, the host and owner, made the check in and check out seamless and effortless. No need for improvement.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2015

                                                              Review for stay from 23 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

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                                                              Perfect location for a Tuscan base. Accommodation was clean, the hostess wonderful and nothing to fault
                                                              • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2015
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                                                              Fantastic! Like new property, bright and clean and wonderful. ...

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                                                              Overall: Fantastic! Like new property, bright and clean and wonderful. Enjoyed Most: The sitting area outside was darling. Enjoyed Least: Couldn't figure out that it was an induction stovetop for a little while. Surrounding Area: Close to lots of charming towns. Easy to catch the train. Nearby Events or Locales: Sciano and Certaldo. Sciano just has a pizzeria but it's walkable. Certaldo is 10 mins by car. Tips or Restaurants: Plan to stay at the property and hang out. It's a great location. This villa has all the amenities a US family would expect and want. Directions: Use a GPS. Call the owner, she is very helpful in finding it, especially the last few turns, which are poorly marked. Check In Out: No, Elizabeth was wonderful and flexible.
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                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2015