Mercantia, is one of those events that cheers up our land in midsummer.
Certaldo, in its beautiful medieval village every year in mid-July exactly from the 12th to 16th July hosts this extraordinary festival: a kermess of products and artists from all over the world.
This village together with San Gimignano represents one of the most beautiful places visited by the Chianti Vespa Tour reached passing through roads surrounded by extraordinary landscapes that have inspired generations of artists and painters over the centuries.
Mercantia festival in Certaldo alto represents a uniqueness in the rich panorama of parties and festivals that animate Tuscany especially during the summer and the Chianti Vespa tour is pleased to make its participants appreciate these events
Every day for four days, many artists from all over the world take turns on the natural stages formed by the courtyards of the palaces, by the gardens in the shade of the towers and in the basement of the medieval village of Certaldo, the town of Giovanni Boccaccio. Memory and avant-garde, historic companies and the search for new trends, from storytellers to aerial dance, from mimes to street bands, from street parades to cabaret, from puppeteers to jugglers: there are many and heterogeneous shows on the program
In the air you can breathe the flavors of the time and the images of the people, often in medieval costumes, make us dream of the life of the village once upon a time. We seem to glimpse Messer Giovanni Boccaccio surrounded by beautiful bridesmaids, while seated, writing the verses of his Decameron, one of the most
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We reach the village of Certaldo alto with our colorful and cheerful vespa after Having secured the parking, the characteristic streets full of stalls with handicraft products open up in front of us where the uniqueness makes them truly special. What is striking are the happy expressions of these young artists, but not only.
As they say, art has no definite age ….
Mercantia also welcomes a considerable number of stalls selling food and confectionary specialties famous in Tuscany, where it is sometimes possible to taste them and whose quality is demonstrated by long queues of visitors.
As always, we take advantage of the artistic cappuccinos and the excellent tiramisu’ of the Boccaccio bar, then a last look at Certaldo alto and its Mercantia and with a goodbye we continue with our tour.