Monteriggioni Travel Guide

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    City Walls with three towers
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    Wildlife in Monteriggioni
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Monteriggioni Highlights

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     Lovely, well kept medieval castle 

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     Full of tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     Sometimes good things come in small packages! 

Monteriggioni Things to Do

  • Take a hike in the area

    You can park your car in either of the two parking lots, Then you walk into the village via a very large gate between two towers in the city wall. If you continue straight ahead, you will walk through the entire village (very quickly; it's small) and there is another gate on the opposite side of town. This is a great starting point for a walk or...

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  • Visit a Festival

    The first and second week of July is "The Monteriggioni Medieval Festival" and you can get all the info from the Office of Tourism in Monteriggioni at the web site listed below.We were there a month early so didn't see it, but they have characters in costume, dancers accompanied by old instruments, minstrels, shows and torchlight parades. It sounds...

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  • Walk the Ramparts

    The views from the city gates are spectacular and the views outside the wall are too. However, climbing the ramparts gives you more height so more view. The fun part is that you can look both ways. You can look at Chianti outside the walls . . . just like all those photos you've seen . . . or you can look down inside the walled city and see ladies...

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  • Chiesa di Santa Maria

    This church located in Piazza Roma, was built in the 13th century. It has Romanesque-gothic features and is composed of a single nave with apse. The facade is made with travertine, is dominated by a portal which is surmounted by an archivolt with a slightly gothic arch. On high there is a small round window framed in brickwork.

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  • The Main Square

    The main square of Monteriggioni is called Piazza Roma. Here you can see some buildings made in the 13th century and the nice church.

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  • Porta Romea and Porta San Giovanni

    The town of Monteriggioni is very simple: there is a main road that connected the two gateways of the wall: Porta Romea which connected the town to Siena and Porta San Giovanni which connected the town to Florence.

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  • The Fortified wall

    The wonderful and interesting fortified wall of the town was built between 1213-1219 to protect the town of Siena from Florence. The wall was rebuilt in 1260 after the smashup made by Florence in 1244. The wall is all around the town and it is 570 meters long. Along the wall there are 14 towers.

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  • Oldest house in Monteriggioni

    If you bother to hover around the side streets of Monteriggioni, you'll notice this house (it's built of bricks of different colour). It happens to be the oldest in Monteriggioni, dating back still from the 1200s. If you observe well you can recognize some typical medieval architectural themes, such as the clay stone arches above the main door and...

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  • The gateway to Siena

    Porta romea was built in the year 1213, as the rest of the walls. It is the gateway to Siena along the old Via Francigena, or the road to France, along which the village was built already in Roman times.It was the Sienese, however, who transformed the village into a fortified castle, due to its strategic position on the way to Florence. No wonder...

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  • The medieval walls

    The walls were built for the first time between 1213 and 1219, and re-inforced several times thereafter until 1545. The walls are 570 metres long and boast 14 well-kept towers, seven of which were heightened after the original construction project took place.A stone inscription over the main gate (Porta Romea, see my tip) commemorates the building...

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  • Piazza Rome

    This charming square is the only square in the town. Most of the town's shops and restaurants surround the square as well as the town's only church.

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  • Porta Romea

    Porta Romea is the main gateway (well there's only one other!) in the encircling wall. The gate is the first thing you'll come too when you walk up from the main car park.

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Monteriggioni Restaurants

  • La Leggenda dei Frati

    Definitely not the typical tourist restaurant. First class haute cuisine, very stylish decor and service. Rather expensive! A glass of Prosecco (on the house!)Antipasti: mini-panino con pappa al pomodoro; sformato di cardo con passatina di fagioli; lardo di colonnata con miele; crespella di pera con formaggio al tartufo bianco; sformato di...

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  • Il Piccolo Castello

    Large restaurant with nice garden terrace. Food was not especially great, service was rather bad. Expensive place, especially their wines!Public: mostly wealthy tourists who stay in the Picollo Castello Hotel. I don't remember what I have eaten, so probably nothing special.

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  • tuscan tradition

    Right in the main square, we believe this place to be very touristy and expensive. Well, it was not that cheap (tell me what is still cheap in Tuscany) but it worhted. Very lovely ambience in a sort of cellar, good Tuscan traditional dishes and a good choice for Tuscan wines.

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  • Great location and good food

    This is a restaurant attached to a B&B right on the main square of Monteriggioni. The food was excellent but the real fun was watching all the activity on the piazza during lunch. A worker on break from a nearby store had his little dog and they put on quite a show for all of us. There was a brief rainstorm and that caused a bit of havoc when it...

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  • Homely food and atmosphere in the castle

    Haven't been in this place for maybe seven years, but when I last went the food was of the very traditional type, and cheap too! The ambience was cosy, if not luxurious, and the service polite and friendly.I hear from friends that the place is still good but try it at your own risk since Monteriggioni has become much more touristy in recent years,...

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  • Excellent sienese fare since the...

    I first went to Il Pozzo when I was 8 years old after my Communion, and have always returned regularly. Its offer is centered on the typically sienese fares, from game to mushrooms, from wild boar to beans pasta. A solid wine list, great ambience and smooth service add to the excellent experience. Expect the bill to be proportional to the...

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Monteriggioni Warnings and Dangers

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    Take care when walking inside Monteriggioni, especially when it rains. The cobblestone is quite slippery and in some places (such as near the northern gate) the slopes are very steep.

    Uomo avvisato, mezzo salvato! :o)

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Monteriggioni Off The Beaten Path

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    Human and natural height.

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    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.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing
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Monteriggioni Favorites

  • Fortified town

    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

    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...

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  • Walking around

    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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