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  • History lingers beyond the olives
    History lingers beyond the olives
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  • Piazza
    Piazza
    by Helga67
  • Monteriggioni
    Monteriggioni
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    Fortified town

    by Helga67 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Monteriggioni

    Fondest memory: We were driving from the north after visiting San Gimignano and heading towards Siena in the south when suddenly we had this great view of a fortified town on top of a hill, winking us to have a short stop-over.

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    How Monteriggioni fell

    by baronedivandastad Written Jul 30, 2005

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    History lingers beyond the olives

    Favorite thing: The Sienese transformed Monteriggioni from a quiet little countryside village into one of the sturdiest strongholds of their Republic (yes, we had a republic already in the 1200s).

    The war between Siena and Florence lasted almost 300 years, from 1260 when Siena gained independence in the Monteaperti battle until 1555, when it gave up to the army headed by Marchese di Maragliano almost without fighting.

    In between these two events, Monteriggioni, just like other castles in the area, changed hands numerous times, and was rebuilt and reinforced after every siege and battle.

    So how did the Florentines manage to conquer it for good? as often in these lands of shrewd people, it was through treason. A well-known local guy called Giovannino Zeti was bribed by the Florentines in exchange for a favour. He went to knock on the castle doors one evening in darkness, and when asked who was there, he said his name and claimed he had come to fix a defective water well.

    The inhabitants, recognizing the guy, opened the gate, only to find a handful of florentine troops right behind. They entered and took hold of the castle, without any bloodshed. This happened in 1545.

    The Sienese never managed to reconquer the castle as they had done in the past, because they capitulated for good to the Florence dominion only ten years later.

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    Walking around

    by Helga67 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Start your walk on the Piazza and follow the street towards the other end of the wall and back by another small alley. It will not take you more than half an hour. On your way you will see some nice houses, restaurants, an art shop, wine shop, hotel and Gelateria.

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    One way to enter

    by Helga67 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Gateway to town centre

    Favorite thing: There is one way up the hill towards the town. At the foot of the hill is free parking with stairs leading towards the entrance of the fortified town. You can also park your car at the top just outside the walls. This will cost you 1,5 EUR/h or 2,5 EUR/day. (1 hour is enough to see the town).

    You have to enter Monteriggioni through a small gate.

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    It's all happening

    by iandsmith Written Jul 8, 2004

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    The main attraction

    Favorite thing: I vividly remember when I was taking this picture. A couple of aging locals were checking me out from (a) behind a fence and (b) behind a window. I undoubtedly represented the highlight of the day which will confirm my earlier comments that there's not a lot of this village.
    The walls, under reconstruction whilst I was there, were the feature for me of the Il Piccolo Castello architecture.
    The main gate "Pombatoio", meaning "to plunge" had a hole to pour hot liquid down on invaders as well as an iron gate to bar entry.

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    The piazza

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 8, 2004
    Squeaky clean architecture

    Favorite thing: If you click on this picture, you can clearly see the varying architecture that has evolved in this building, a local pizzeria situated in the main piazza.
    The town is squeaky clean but there's not a lot of it. My guide book lists the population at 7,000. This is a gross error as 70 would be considerably more accurate and I only saw ten percent of them while I was there.

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    Preservation

    by iandsmith Written Apr 23, 2004
    Back street

    Favorite thing: You can't help but think while you're strolling the few streets that it was all cleaned up just before you came.
    Apart from a couple of craft shops and restaurants, the highlight would probably be the locally produced wines available in the shops (and I hesitated to use the plural there!).
    The odd little building in the foreground has to do with the local water supply.

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    Piazza

    by Helga67 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Piazza

    Favorite thing: After going through the gate, you will enter this lovely piazza with a little Romanesque church and the tourist office.

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    14 towers

    by Helga67 Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    Monteriggioni

    Favorite thing: Monteriggioni was built by the Sienese in the early 13th century as a defensive bulwark and is surrounded by a wall, fortified with 14 well-preserved towers.

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