Why visit Monteriggioni in Tuscany?
Hello! Glad to have you here! Today we are going to talk about the most medieval city in Italy: Monterrigioni! It figures among the most beautiful ones! It is not part of the traditional tourist circuit, but it is VERY worth a visit! The interesting thing about Monteriggioni is to feel its atmosphere and enjoy a place that reminds us of the medieval past. Having a good wine in this climate will be an unforgettable experience, believe me! After all, why visit Monteriggioni, in Tuscany? Today we are going to give you all the reasons why you should not miss this magical place! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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At the top of a hill, the city, with about 8,000 inhabitants, is surrounded by its imposing walls. The small town is right in the middle of Siena and Colle Val d’Elsa. The great walls of the city witnessed countless battles between Florence and Siena, who wanted to dominate it. The city still maintains its simplicity and structure since its construction.
A curious fact is that its 14 enormous towers were mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy, that said: ‘on the rounded wall, Monteriggioni is crowned by towers, then on the infernal margin that the moat surrounds, the terrible giants were at war, with only half of their armored body ‘. Literally, historical! Today we will see what to visit in this delightful city! How about a different Tour? Siena Tour: half-day guided hike to Monteriggioni, click here to learn more!
Why visit Monteriggioni, in Tuscany? BECAUSE ITS ATTRACTIONS ARE LOVELY
Although the city is small and has little to see, the medieval air of the city makes us feel like we are in a fairy tale!
The ‘reception’ in the city is made by Porta Franca, which takes us to Piazza Roma, on the left side. One can see some words on the wall that refer to the foundation of the city, which happened in the 13th century. They say that, in remote times, in this ‘door’ there was a heavy drawbridge, but it has never been confirmed, neither historically. On the right side of the door, you can see the number 1860, the year of the beginning of the Italian state.
Pieve (Church) of St Mary of the Assumption
The buildings, with their huge stones, give the charm that enchants all visitors. The most interesting point of the city is the Pieve (Church) of St Mary of the Assumption, very rustic and with a very peaceful atmosphere. The Church was built together with the city castle; the 15th century tabernacles and the painting of Our Lady, in addition to the beautiful wooden crucifix and bell, were gifts from Siena, received in 1298.
Piazza Roma was only paved in the 1960s! Before that, it was ‘a sterro’, that is, without paving. The walls around the city are 570 meters long and are surrounded by towers, 14 in total, which, in order to adapt to the new war armaments of their enemies, were ‘reduced’ to the height of their walls, to improve defense.
Monteriggioni in Arme Museum
Another ‘must see’ place in Monteriggioni is the Monteriggioni in Arme Museum. There, some weapons and armor used in the medieval era by the military that had the function of protecting the city are represented.
Monteriggioni Medieval Festival
Monteriggioni Medieval Festival also takes place in the city. Like any city worth its salt, there must be a festival and, here, the theme could not be different, it is a medieval party! Residents play, sing and dance, all characterized by medieval-era clothing! It is fantastic! For more information (in Italian), go to the festival’s official website. To end the tour, walk through the various shops in the center! Take the opportunity to have a coffee and observe how special this city is.
How to get to Monteriggioni from Florence?
1) How to get to Monteriggioni from Florence? BY TRAIN AND BUS
Take the train in Florence to Castellina Scalo / Monteriggioni, from there take bus number 121R and get off at the Rotonda stop, the city’s only stop. Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of railway transport? Also find out “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.
2) How to get to Monteriggioni from Florence? BY CAR
From Florence, follow the Firenze-Siena motorway, the exit is Monteriggioni.
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Why visit Monteriggioni in Tuscany? Even if it’s just for coffee and a walk around the walls, visit Monteriggioni! The medieval atmosphere is charming! And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.
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