Hi Marronaia Friends! Today with Paola’s Florence Tours – Paola Migliorini, we visited the Palazzo Pretorio of Certaldo!
Palazzo Pretorio, the most representative monument of Certaldo, was the ancient residence of the Alberti counts, built around the end of the 12th century on the ruins of the old houses of this family.
Today, you can still visit the prisons, the audience hall, the archive, the chapel, and the Vicars’ private quarters.
On the facade and inside the building are numerous coats of arms, each representing the effigy of the family of each Vicar who ruled and lived there. In the palace, you can admire frescoes and sinopias of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Adjacent to the Palazzo Pretorio, it is possible to visit the Church of San Tommaso and Prospero, which dates back to the early 13th century. Now no longer consecrated, the church is the seat of many cultural initiatives (conferences, concerts, exhibitions) and houses the Tabernacle of the Justice, frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli and collaborators.