Nestled in the province of Siena, Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. The quintessential medieval Tuscan village was built on a hill by the Sienese in the 13th century so the inhabitants could protect the front line from their rivals, the Florentines. 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 the level. Monteriggioni was the typical fortified village that started its life as a castle since the beginning of 1200.
It is possible to combine the visit with Castellina in Chianti or Siena in one day. It is also easily reachable from Florence. To look around the place, it takes only less than an hour. However, you can spend some time to relax there. But if you want to join some local events, you could easily spend hours there.
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The towers and gates
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 the towers were lowered for unknown reasons.
The town is very touristic. And, even during the summertime, there were not so many visitors over there. Some corners were so silent and looked very romantic. The town is not big and only consists of a few streets. You can combine the visit with another medieval town with many towers, San Gimignano, by joining the Tuscan in one day tour. The tour includes the journey to Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chianti.
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, the year Monteriggioni was also 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 was added recently. However, when we were, there the walls were being repaired. Otherwise, we could even take a short walk on the complex structure.
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, etc. You can buy tickets online. All programs end at midnight. To well participate in the event, it is better to stay locally, either in Monteriggioni or near the place.
Where to stay
The Romantik Hotel Monteriggioni is set in the heart of the walled medieval town of Monteriggioni. It features a large garden with a swimming pool and olive trees.
Each guest room has a unique design, and all come with air conditioning and satellite TV. Guests can enjoy breakfast out in the garden when the weather is warm. The Hotel also features a large lounge and a bar. There is also a private car park on site. The hotel can be found on the following platforms.
How to get there
The easiest way to reach Monteriggioni is by car and exit at Monteriggioni. However, trains, buses or even taxis are also available. Please check the connections at rome2rio.com.