Monteriggioni, a Medieval Walled Town on a natural Hillock

Nestled in the province of Siena, Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has an incredibly well-preserved structure. Its circular layout of the walls was built simply following the sketch of the ground’s curves of level. It’s the typical fortified village that started its life as a castle since the beginning of 1200.

One of the 14 towers in Monteriggioni, Tuscany
One of the 14 towers in Monteriggioni, Tuscany

There are 14 towers 2 gates, one called the Franca or Romea Gate which faces Rome and the other known as the Florentine Gate since it heads toward Florence.  Over the year some of towers were lowered for unknown reasons.

View of Tuscany from the entrance of Monteriggioni
View of Tuscany from the entrance of Monteriggioni
A beautiful corner from a local house in Monteriggioni, Tuscany
A beautiful corner from a local house in Monteriggioni, Tuscany

The town is very touristic but not so many visitors even during the summer time.  Some corners were very quite and  look very romantic. The town is not big and most people combine its visit with Siena. What we did during our 8-day trip to Tuscany was to combine its visit with a driving through the Chianti Road. There is a tour including visits to these places:  Tuscan 1 Day: Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti

A silent corner in romantic settings,Monteriggioni, Tuscany
A silent corner in romantic settings, Monteriggioni, Tuscany

Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Right after entering the village you will see the Piazza Roma where the Church of Santa Maria Assunta: is located: This church was built in 1213 which was the year Monteriggioni was established.

Monteriggioni in Arme

In addition to the church, there is the ‘Monteriggioni in Arme’ Museum where you can have fun with the armors (you can even try some on!) . It has some information on the battles  that occurred in the area.

Walk along the intact walls

The cobbled stone street and stone houses haven’t seen much change over the passing centuries, and its walls are still intact. The walkway to the walls were added recently. However when we were there the walls were being repaired. Otherwise, we could even take a short walk on the complex structure.

Old stone houses and cobbled street
Old stone houses and cobbled street

Monteriggioni Medieval festival

The Medieval Festival takes place on three weekends during July each year. It represents the image of Monteriggioni’s cultural heritage. The main purpose is to increasing the flow of tourists as well as enhancing local development. When the event takes place, all locals will involve in activities.

The main activities are such as concerts, banquets, theaters etcs. You can buy tickets online.

The programs end at the midnight.  To well participate the event it is better to stay locally, either in Monteriggioni or near the place.


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