Casa di Boccaccio, Certaldo
Historical sites

Boccaccio’s house, Certaldo

Visit the home of this most esteemed Italian literary figure

Via G. Boccaccio, 1
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 1375), along with Dante and Petrarch, is considered one of the fathers of Italian literature. His most famous work is The Decameron, a novel containing 100 short stories. The book’s sense of adventure, play, the exaltation of human intelligence and cunning, as well as its language are what make it such a masterpiece. It is without doubt the first great work in prose of Italian literature. Boccaccio’s home is an austere little building in terracotta brick situated in the middle of Via Boccaccio. The plain façade is interrupted by a graceful loggia which looks over the stupendous panorama of the Valdelsa hills, all the way to San Gimignano. His home is now a museum. The main entrance hall displays exhibits regarding the life and works of Giovanni Boccaccio, the period in which he lived and the village of Certaldo as it then was.

In the rooms on the ground floor there are rare and precious editions of his works as well as the autographs of great men that have visited Boccaccio’s house. On the ground floor you may also see a short film about the life and works of the great man of Certaldo and about the activities of the Giovanni Boccaccio National Institute that runs the museum. Going upstairs you’ll find a large library. It’s open to scholars and contains a unique collection of works dedicated to Boccaccio both in Italian and in various other languages. A selection of these may be seen by all visitors and are on display in a case situated in the frescoed room. This is the heart of the house. There is a large fresco by the neoclassic painter Pietro Benvenuti, commissioned at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the marchioness Carlotta Lenzoni dei Medici who had the house restored. She set up the library too, which has since grown over the decades. On the top floor it is possible to visit the beautiful loggia that faces the stupendous panorama of the Valdelsa.

Address: Via Boccaccio 18- 50052 Certaldo (FI) - Tel. +39 0571 664208


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. ...