It's time to make a little detour and head west to Certaldo. Located 35 kilometres southwest of Florence, Certaldo is full of history since it was the hometown of Giovanni Boccaccio, the famous Renaissance author who penned The Decameron. In fact, one of the main attractions is Boccaccio’s former house.
Also take a look at the Palazzo Pretorio or Vicariale, an imposing residence belonging to the Florentine governing magistrates, built in the early 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th century. It is also the highest building in Certaldo, overlooking the whole town.
During the summer, Certaldo hosts an event called Mercantia, a festival brimming with theatre, music, magicians and dance performances.