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Augustinian Convent in Certaldo

Unique example of architecture and sacred art

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Piazza SS. Jacopo e Filippo
The Augustinian Convent includes the church of Saints Jacopo and Filippo which houses the body of Blessed Giulia and the cenotaph of Boccaccio, and was likely constructed in the 12th century. The church faces out onto a small piazza, once the convent’s cemetery. We know that the church became the seat of the Augustinians sometime before 1422; the order contributed to the codification of the cult of Blessed Giulia. The Augustinians exercised control over the surrounding area, often in contrast with the church of Saint Thomas and certainly with the mother church of Saint Lazzarus.  The cloister is unique for its trapezoidal form, which creates a suggestive prospective effect. It was built on two floors and supported by brick columns with elegant stone capitals. The small staircase leads to Blessed Giulia’s cell, where she was voluntarily walled up until her death.

The museum complex includes the church and cloister in addition to several 13th century panels including an important triptych attributed to Ugolino di Nerio, student of the great Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna. Other objects include ancient gold pieces, wonderful ecclesiastic tapestries, 17th century paintings and sculptures and a wooden crucifix from the early 13th century similar to one in the Church of Saint Peter in Petrognano. The crucifix was exhibited in a 1933 show in Florence where it then entered into the circuit of historical studies which created much interest and curiosity. The cloister and adjacent garden may be reserved for ceremonies, birthdays and other events.

Boccaccio’s hometown is one of the prettiest towns in Tuscany
The hilltop medieval town of Certaldo has always been one of the favourite destinations of history lovers, who enjoy the stroll with a taste of the Middle Ages through the old town centre boasting unique features. Originally an Etruscan settlement, Certaldo owes its name to the former appearance of the hill on which it stands. ...