Why to choose a wedding in Certaldo
Like many other Tuscan towns, Certaldo is divided between its medieval walled town on a hill and the modern residential and industrial suburb. Etruscan and Roman in origin, Certaldo was also situated on the Via Francigena. The charming medieval upper town, reached on foot in few minutes or by cablecar from the station in the main piazza built almost entirely of brick, is well preserved despite some damage during the Second World War. All the principal buildings, as well as some attractive houses, face onto Via Boccaccio. Half-way up on the left is the Casa del Boccaccio (rebuilt in 1947) with a tower and loggia, which was bought and restored in the early 19C by Marchesa Carlotta dei Medici Lenzoni. Facing onto the little piazze is the church of Santi Michele e Jacopo. The simple brick facade and the interiori has been restored to original Romanesque appearance. In a niche is an urn containing the body of Beata Giulia. Next to the church is a small cloister which gives access to the Museo d’arte Sacra : the museum has some fine and rare works which include: a monumental 13 C Crucifix; paintings by Meliore, the Bigallo master Puccio di Simone and Ugolino di Nerio most of them removed from churches in the countryside around Certaldo. At the top of the street is Palazzo Pretorio (Certaldo Wedding Hall) originally the castle of the Conti Alberti with its facade decorated wiith picturesque coats of arms in stone and glazed terracotta which record the Governors (Vicari) sent from Florence. Around the courtyard are the rooms where justice was administrated, dungeons, and a chapel with a fresco of Doubting Fine doorways, fireplaces and some fresco decoration. A terraced garden and a walkway overlooking the town walls provide splendid view stretching from the hills of the Val d’Elsa to San Gimignano.