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Monteriggioni town in Tuscany region of Italy is a perfectly preserved fortified medieval village. Monteriggioni is one of the loveliest walled hamlets of Italy, located in Tuscany in the province of Siena. It is an elegant village surrounded by a stunning landscape, and it’s perfect for a romantic weekend. Monteriggioni is incredibly well preserved. It’s as if time had never moved on.

Monteriggioni is one of the most impressive walled Medieval towns in Tuscany.
It’s the typical fortified village that started its life as a castle, perfectly rounded to suit the hill on which it has stood since the beginning of 1200.
Today its mighty towers can still be seen for miles.
Towers that once impressed Dante Alighieri so much that in his Divine Comedy he compared them to “horrific giants”.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta: in the main square, next to the Armoury Museum, there’s the tiny 13th century church with an elegant façade.
Monteriggioni Medieval festival at the beginning of July is one of the most popular festivals in Tuscany: the town dresses itself up in Medieval finery. There are games, falconry displays and food stalls.

The village of Monteriggioni is at its most impressive as you approach from afar.
The fortified walls and series of towers that were built to protect the village in the 13th century are still intact: the castle and surrounding walls were built between 1214 and 1219 by lords of Siena to defend themselves against Florence.
The height of the towers was reduced in the 16th century to give them a lower profile and the surrounding embankments were built up, making them harder for enemy artillery to attack, following an unsuccessful siege of Monterrigioni by Florence.

When visiting Monteriggioni and deciding what to see in Monteriggioni within its walls, we recommend that you enter from the mighty Porta Romea, to arrive in Piazza Roma, where the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption is located: This church was built in 1213, the year Monteriggioni was founded. In addition to the church, there is the 'Monteriggioni in Arme' Museum where you can have fun with the armours (you can even try some on!) and where you can read some more information on the many battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines that occurred in the area.

Visiting Monteriggioni is to take a journey back in time which combines military elements and religious places of great artistic interest.
For this reason, we at toscanainside.com suggest you visit the places of worship in this ancient village.
Your tour of Monteriggioni should include the Church of Santa Maria in Castello.
This church is certainly the most representative of the medieval character of the town: dating back to the 13th century, its elegant and simple façade is structured in a single arrangement.
Although the interior, however, has been restored throughout the ages, this church should also be seen from the outside to fully understand its old style; the interiors of the Baptistery of San Giovanni Battista in the same square should also be visited.

Monteriggioni is a comune in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany.
It borders on the communes of Casole d'Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Poggibonsi, Siena and Sovicille.
The town is architecturally and culturally significant; it hosts several piazzas, and is referenced in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.
Beautiful castle, exactly what you imagine thinking of castle walls, knights, Middle Ages. Completely preserved almost frozen in time. Great views of Chianti region.

Monteriggioni rappresenta uno dei borghi fortificati più significativi del territorio.
E’ rimasto incredibilmente intatto come se il tempo non fosse mai tascorso su quella collina, da dove elegantemente adagiato, domina su tutto il paesaggio circostante.
Monteriggioni si trova in provincia di Siena a metà strada tra questa splendida cittè e Colle Val d'EIsa.
La circolarità perfetta del suo perimetro la fa sembrare una costruzione realizzata artificialmente.
E' stata invece ottenuta seguendo le naturali curve di livello del terreno.

Il prestigio e la particolarità di questo borgo godono di una fama consolidata ormai da tempo; anche il sommo poeta Dante Alighieri cita Monteriggioni nella sua opera pià famosa, la Divina Commedia:

« però che, come in su la cerchia tonda Monteriggion di torri si corona, così la proda che 'l pozzo circonda torregiavan di mezza la persona li orribili giganti, cui minaccia Giove del cielo ancora quando tona » - Dante Alighieri Inferno canto XXXI, lines 40-45.

Per girare tutta Monteriggioni bastano pochi minuti; il borgo è piccolo e con poche strade. L’impressione che resta nella memoria, però, dura per sempre.
Ci si accorge di aver scoperto un luogo magico, quasi un castello incantato come quelli che si conoscono nelle fiabe, da bambini.
Arrivando al borgo di sera, quando le mura esterne sono illuminate da luci gialle, Monteriggioni sembra quasi un miraggio in mezzo alle colline toscane: la cerchia muraria e le 14 suggestive torri, la stringono come in un abbraccio.
Sono ancora intatte, proprio come quando furono costruite nel Medioevo per difendere e proteggere gli abitanti del luogo.
L’aspetto di Monteriggioni sorprende i visitatori, che lo vedono spiccare maestoso in cima alla collina. Dante Alighieri fu impressionato da questa imponente struttura, che vide nel corso di una violenta battaglia, tanto che utilizzò le sue monumentali forme per definire l’aspetto di Nembrotto, Fialte e Anteo, gli enormi giganti infissi nella voragine di Malebolge. “Monteriggioni di torri si corona” ha scritto raccontando la sua discesa nel nono cerchio dell’Inferno.
Ci sono anche leggende che narrano di cunicoli segreti e passaggi sotterranei che mettevano in comunicazione il castello con le vicine fortificazioni, addirittura si racconta di una strada che portava fino alla città di Siena.

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http://www.monteriggioniturismo.it/it/
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https://www.10cose.it/monteriggioni/borgo-monteriggioni
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monteriggioni
https://www.comune.monteriggioni.si.it/
https://www.viamichelin.it/web/Itinerari/Itinerario-Siena-53100-Siena-Italia-verso-Monteriggioni-53035-Siena-Italia
http://www.monteriggionimedievale.com/
https://www.toscanainside.com/discover-tuscany/small-villages/monteriggioni/
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/monteriggioni/top-things-to-do/a/poi/1342065
https://lovefromtuscany.com/where-to-go/small-towns-in-tuscany/monteriggioni/
https://www.fodors.com/world/europe/italy/tuscany/places/monteriggioni
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