Hello Marronaia Friends! Let’s go on with unpublished episodes of discovering the Hidden Tuscan gems of Tuscany.
In this episode, together with Paola’s Florence Tours – Paola Migliorini, we visited the house of Giovanni Boccaccio in Certaldo.
In the heart of the historic center of Certaldo, along the central Via Boccaccio, there is the Casa di Boccaccio, a museum, and the specialist library dedicated to him. The current building, opened to the public in 1957, is a faithful reconstruction of the original fourteenth century that was almost destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War (the right part of the darker brick building is what remains of the original ). Inside the museum, in the Poet’s Room, where, according to tradition, Boccaccio’s bedroom was located, you can see the famous fresco depicting Boccaccio in his studio (1826) made by the painter Tuscan Pietro Benvenuti. The fresco was commissioned by the Marchioness Carlotta Lenzoni de Medici, who was the first to renovate and furnish the house. Finally, do not miss the great library, which, in addition to collecting numerous valuable copies of the Decameron, illustrated by essential artists and translated into almost all the languages of the world, also documents the importance of the contribution of Boccaccio and Petrarch for the development of the new geographic science in the second half of the fourteenth century.