Lovely, well kept medieval castle
Full of tourists
Sometimes good things come in small packages!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Strada di Strove 33, Monteriggioni, 53035, Italy
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Via delle Cerreta 7, Loc San Luigi Strove , Monteriggioni, 53035, Italy
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Via 1o Maggio, 4, Monteriggioni, 53035, Italy
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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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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)
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.
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...more