The Territory

The territory around Certaldo is set in the sublime frame of the Florentine Chianti: an area that tells us a millenary history and has a strong historical and cultural importance for those who are looking for the most authentic medieval and renaissance Tuscany. Many settlements took place in this part of Tuscany around the Etruscan age. The name Certaldo derives from the Latin cerrus altus, literally “high ground covered with cerris” because of all the cerris that characterized the hill.

Some findings of Etruscan and Roman amphorae in the valley at the bottom of the hill show that there were settlements even later, in Roman times. All these Etruscan and Roman discoveries, have also been found around Sticciano’s area and can be admired on the ground floor of the Praetorian Palace, located in the medieval part of the village: Certaldo Alto, home of the infamous writer Giovanni Boccaccio, and one of the most fascinating historical villages of Tuscany, where time seems to have stopped at the Middle Age era, having the buildings retained the same spectacular appearance of those times. This place is only reachable through a picturesque funicular – a truly wonder in both eyes and soul.

What’s more, our land is also famous for the very important Via Francigena: an ancient road born in the Longobard era, with the aim of uniting the Duchy of Benevento to Pavia. The Via Francigena represents today a real historical itinerary, and the Valdelsa stretch represents one of the obligatory stages of its route. In fact, traveling from Siena to Florence and following a route that almost leads towards our estate, there are many historical landmarks to admire, such as the village of San Gimignano, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its unique medieval architecture.