Mountain of martyrs
At around 800 metres, the Monte Maggio (May Mountain) is the tallest hill around Siena, and can be seen from everywhere, including Monteriggioni, which is built on top of another smaller hill just a few kilometers east.
The mountain has excellent hiking tracks, as part of the natural reserve of the Sienese Montagnola (small mountain - you can't say we Sienese are too creative with names!).
During the Second World War the mountain staged a tragic event, where seventeen local youngsters who were resisting the Germans (partigiani) were shot dead in cold blood by German soldiers. The house near which this tragic event happened has now been resored and hosts an information and rest point for hikers.
Beware when hiking during the hunting season as you may be mistaken for other sorts of wildlife. Always go with a local or ask the guides at the park information posts.