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Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni - is a beautifully preserved medieval fortified village, built on a hillock.

The circle of walls, dating from the 13C and the largest of its kind in Tuscany to have survived practically intact, has fourteen towers.

Monteriggioni is mentioned by Dante: Divina Commedia. Inferno, xxxi. 41-44 '...come in su la cerchia londa Monteriggioni di torri si corona'

A main street crosses the village, joining the two gates. A few houses and a pretty Romanesque church face onto the piazza, and other houses surround a small public garden. Inside the walls are other private gardens.

Siena transformed Monteriggioni in the imposing Fortress to protection of the boundary north in the wars against the enemy Florence. Inside Monteriggioni there were in XIV century beyond 150 families with about 600 inhabitant.

The wall was arised since 1213 (see the headstone on the Romea Gate) until 1219 and then they strengthen in varied years (1260, 1279) until the 1545.

The wall up of Monteriggioni are long beyond 500 meters, tall twenty meters and surrounded from 14 towers to square base.

How to reach Monteriggioni: From Siena take direction Florence and after 12 Km find the sign for Monteriggioni

Where is Monteriggioni: is located in the north of Siena province, between the Chianti area and Val d' Elsa See the map

Nearby: Visit Colle val d' Elsa, San Gimignano

Distances: Siena 15 Km - Florence 50 Km - Pisa 95 Km - Arezzo 80 Km

Correct name is Monteriggioni
Common mistakes are
Monteriigini, Monterigggyoni, Monte Rigioni, Mount Riggione

 


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