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The medieval walled town of Monteriggioni

Few kilometers from the Hotel Casolare le Terre Rosse, reachable on foot along the Via Francigena or by car, stands majestically on top of the hill, the village of Monteriggioni

Even Dante Alighieri was so impressed by the village and its imposing walls that he created the famous similarity between the towers of the town and the giants chained around the abyss of Malebolge.

“... però che come sulla cerchia tonda 
Montereggion di torri si corona, 
così[n] la proda che ’l pozzo circonda 
torreggiavan di mezza la persona 
li orribili giganti, cui minaccia 
Giove del cielo ancora quando tona.”
 
(Inferno, Canto XXXI, versi 40-45)

Monterigioni  was built by the Sienese in the years 1213-1219 on a hill for defensive purposes to monitor the Francigena and to control the Valdelsa territory.

Surrounded by walls 570 meters long and interspersed with 14 towers and two gates, the Porta Franca (or Romea, towards Siena) and the Porta S.Giovanni (towards Florence).

The walk along the walls is a must and the view over there is unique. You can admire the surrounding countryside towards the Chianti and Valdelsa and enjoy an unusual view of the village.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta is on the main square and is the building in the village that best preserves its medieval features.

The Monteriggioni in Arme Museum houses faithful reproductions of medieval and Renaissance weapons and armor.

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Feb
2021
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