The last stop on our journey in the footsteps of Dante in Empolese Valdelsa and Montalbano is the delightful village of Certaldo.
This town is the birthplace of one of Dante's greatest scholars, Giovanni Boccaccio. Considered one of the fathers of Italian literature, Boccaccio was one of the first admirers of Dante Alighieri and in his home, he worked on one of the commented versions of the Divina Commedia. Boccaccio's house can still be visited in the upper village of Certaldo.
The Tuscan village is also closely linked to another episode mentioned in the Divina Commedia, the Battle of Semifonte. Certaldo was in fact the seat of the castle of the Counts Alberti, allies of Semifonte and defeated by the Florentines in 1201.
The battle of Semifonte is recalled by Dante in the Divine Comedy: following the defeat, Florence ordered Certaldo to cut off the town's towers at the top, which were a symbol of defence and of the greatness of the Alberti family. The episode marked the beginning of the end of the rule of the Counts Alberti.