Built  at the end of the twelfth century, it was the Alberti count family's mansion house, later Vicar's seat.

Certaldo’s most representative Monument is the "Palazzo Pretorio", or "Palazzo dei Vicari" located at the top of Via Boccaccio. The Palace, ancient seat of authority, was built in the 12th century. It was first the residence of the Counts Alberti, then it was expanded and modified to house the functions of the Vicarage: its prisons, audience hall, archives, chapel, and private quarters can still be visited today. The palace was garrisoned by guards whose lodgings, next to the palace, a little below the grooms’ house and across from the hayloft, are now private residences. On the façade and inside are many emblems in marble and in glazed terracotta of the della Robbia School: each of them exhibits the arms of the family of each Vicar who has governed and lived here.  Each elected Vicar had full powers of life and death on the people under his jurisdiction. There are two large gardens, one of which houses the contemporary artwork The teahouse garden by Hidetoshi Nagasawa. In the Palace and in the adjacent Church of St. Thomas and Prosper, one can admire 15th and 16th century frescoes and sinopias; the Church houses the most important work, The Tabernacle of the Executed (c. 1464/65), a fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli. Originally, this work was located in the plain, near the Agliena stream: those sentenced to death, before their execution, were brought near this frescoed chapel (The Tabernacle of the Executed), where they received the last solace. The chapel is still visible under the bridge, on the right side coming from Poggibonsi.

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  • Palazzo pretorio

    Built  at the end of the twelfth century, it was the Alberti count family's mansion house, later Vicar's seat.

  • Boccaccio's house

    Giovanni Boccaccio's house today is a museum and also a famous library which house in  translations of Boccaccio's work such as “The Decameron”, “Ninfale Fiesolano” , etc...

  • Museum of Sacred art

    Born as an Augustinian Convent, today the building shows religious paintings of important artists.