The mysteries of Certaldo: underground tunnels and ‘Poggio del Boccaccio’Mysteries & Legends
The mysteries of Certaldo: underground tunnels and ‘Poggio del Boccaccio’
All villages in Tuscany are beautiful little corners with a unique atmosphere that deserves to be experienced. Certaldo is no exception, yet a mystery hovers over this place, enclosed in a legend passed on for centuries by its inhabitants. According to some residents, a real treasure is hidden underneath Certaldo Alto: an interweave of paths and underground tunnels excavated by hand around the year 1000 which hold many items of great value such as armours, vestments, books and even personal belongings of the famous poet Boccaccio, who was born and raised in this area.
A few elderly locals affirm they were the last people to enter these tunnels just a few decades ago, but they had to abandon their endeavour halfway because of the lack of oxygen. But exactly how was it once possible to access these tunnels? According to local accounts, access was possible either through the water wells of a few private residences, or small openings in the ground, or hatches hidden in underground cellars or even a secret passage located within the Praetorian Palace!
But the mystery continues… The underground maze apparently leads to 'Poggio del Boccaccio', a hill visible clearly from Certaldo Alto and known both for its unique pyramid shape with a perfectly flat tip and its strange, sharp edges... what more could you expect? This is said not to be a naturally-created hill, but an ancient pyramid which over time inevitably became covered with soil and grass... and it turns out this is not the only one in Italy...
In short, a mystery within a mystery! To find out more, visit the village of Certaldo... legends aside, it is definitely worth it!
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