Monteriggioni is a medieval hamlet located in the Siena area, Tuscany.
Monteriggioni benefits from a great fame, thanks to Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy”. In fact, you can read a description of the town in the XXXI canto of Dante’s Inferno.
The “Divine Comedy” is not the only piece of media mentioning Monteriggioni, you can actually walk through it’s alley ways directly from your couch, thanks to an accurate recreation by Ubisoft’s best-selling video-game, “Assassin’s creed”.
For this, and many other reasons, this tiny, beautiful village receives thousands of visitors during the year, and it will be one of your favorite destinations in Italy!
Enjoy a suggestive location nestled in the heart of the Sienese country
Monteriggioni lays on a natural hillock, and is surrounded by a wall connecting 15 towers. There are two portals giving access to the fortification, and inside you can enjoy some relevant medieval buildings. Monteriggioni was been built by the Siena city government between 1214 and 1219 as a defensive fortification during the war with Florence. Indeed, the main cultural and political centers of Tuscany, such as Siena, Florence, Pisa, Volterra, and many others used to wage war against each other in order to gather the role of the leading city of Tuscany.
Challenge your dizziness by walking along the town walls
There are two main entrances to the city, one on the north and one on the south side of town. One of these portals is placed towards Florence, and it is called “Porta Fiorentina”, the other is placed toward Rome, and it is called “Porta Romana”.
Passing through the entrance gates, you will be surprised by the height of the walls and its towers. Since 2005, two of the medieval watch paths along the town walls have been available.
Walking on the top of the walls, you can experience a terrific panorama of the Chianti Hills, just as the medieval soldiers used to do during their long watches. Moreover three castellated towers on a red background are the official emblem of the town.
Discover an almost untouched medieval hamlet
Once you get into Monteriggioni you can admire some rare examples of medieval architecture. In the picture above you can see the main square and the main church of the town, a well preserved Romanesque church built in 1213. The church is devoted to the Virgin Mary, and consists only in a rectangular nave. The facade was completed by 1235, and it’s assembled with travertine stones with golden veining. Nowadays, the church and the main square are still surrounded by vegetable gardens, that during the past, were used to feed the inhabitants of Monteriggioni.
Live a stunning experience during Monteriggioni's Medieval Fest
The best period to visit Monteriggioni is summertime. Indeed every year, between June and July you can experience a really well organized Medieval fest. In the middle of July 2015, the whole town have celebrated its glorious past wearing professional designed clothes and filling squares and alleys with their colors.
To take part to the event you need to buy a ticket allowing you to take a trip to the Middle Ages! During the festival, all transactions are done with medieval coins, so you’ll have to change your money upon entering the town. If you want to buy some food, or every kind of gadget and souvenir you will need to change your money with fake medieval coins, the currency they used centuries and centuries ago.
Visit Monteriggioni during its well known Medieval fest and you will attend to a lot of different games, activities, shows and plays.
Live a unique experience between culture and history!
You will be completely fascinated by Monteriggioni’s timeless atmosphere. Here you can also experience a section of the Francigena, a beautiful ancient route connecting Rome to France through astonishing landscapes. The Francigena section of Monteriggioni starts from Piazza Roma and arrives until Siena through a 20.6 km road. Enjoy this exciting adventure anytime during the year and experience all the charm of Tuscany, don’t forget to try all the typical wines and dishes of the area!
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