Monteriggioni is a little town with a rich history located in the province of Siena. The primary attraction is its castle surrounded by towers. The castle was built between 1214 and 1219 by the Sienese and is situated in a prominent position on the Via Francigena. Although disputed by the Florentines, the castle remained in Sienese possession even after numerous battles and assaults.
Located in a dominant position, you can admire the majesty of the castle surrounded by vineyards and olive trees that are still productive. At the foot of the castle there is a large parking lot and climbing the steps (or ramps for disabled access) you will find yourself in front of one of the two gates of the castle (Porta Romea / Franca) from which you enter the large square that overlooks: the Romanesque Pieve, the Museum of Medieval Armours, (interesting attraction for children too) and the tourist office. There are also some excellent Tuscan restaurants with medium-high prices, local products and souvenir shops. You can climb some parts of the walls and follow the ancient walkways.
“Monteriggioni of towers crowned”
During the first two weekends of July every year, the now famous medieval festival takes place during which the castle and all its inhabitants return to their origins. There is the sensation of going back in time. During the event, you can watch performances by the best street artists. The whole castle will be populated by artisan shops that reconstruct the activities of that time. During the festival days, there is an entrance fee to the castle; otherwise, it’s free.
It will be impossible to forget Monteriggioni!
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