Street Theater Festival Mercantia Certaldo

Street Theater Festival Mercantia Certaldo

Over 400 artists and 100 theater performances of all kinds each day make Mercantia Certaldo one of the most remarkable International Street Theater Festivals of Europe.

Street Theater Festival Mercantia Certaldo
When: July 13 – July 17
Where: Certaldo (Florence)

For the 29th edition of the festival the medieval town of Certaldo, located between Florence and Siena, will be transformed into a magical world filled with colorful characters. The streets, squares, parks, courtyards, and towers of the town make the stage for one of the largest summer street festivals that will take place from Wednesday, July 13th til Sunday, July 17th.

What makes Mercantia so unique is the variety of shows combining traditional street theater (jugglers, storytellers, mimes, fire-eaters, etc.), acrobats, puppeteers, clowns, magicians, prose, cabaret, comedians, dance, street musicians and contemporary art installations.

During the festival, it is possible to visit the Palazzo Pretorio, the twelfth-century building that preserves frescoes and works by Benozzo Gozzoli. Also, the museum The House of Boccaccio is open to the public, where the poet Boccaccio lived and died in 1375.


Certaldo Alto, the old upper part of the town, where the festival takes place can be accessed from the ticket-checking counters at the lower terminus of the funicular railway and in Via del Castello.
The box office is located in Piazza Boccaccio, opposite the Town Hall.

The market in the lower part of the town can be visited free of charge.

Festival hours:
Wednesday to Friday from 8 pm to 1 am
Saturday and Sunday from 6 pm to 1 am

Wednesday and Thursday 10€, Friday and Sunday 15€, Saturday 20€. Reductions for children under 14 years old and disabled. Children under 7 years old have free entrance.

For the complete festival program and information visit the Mercantia website.

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