The medieval town of Monteriggioni is situated on a hill of vineyards and olive groves, in the center of Tuscany, clearly visible from the Siena – Florence highway and the Via Cassia. In the distance, the first striking thing about this village is its immense walls, characterized by 14 towers that surround it like a stone crown. Visitors can take walks along the walls, thanks to a path created in the inner part of the castle walls, admiring the beautiful hilly landscape of the Chianti area, the Montagnola Senese and reading the history of the city even mentioned in the Divine Comedy by the great poet Dante Alighieri. The Castle of Monteriggioni was built by the Sienese around 1200 by order of the podestà Guelfo Da Porcari, mainly as a defensive purpose, so much so as to have been for centuries a cause of clash between Siena and Florence. The castle is accessed via two doors: one facing Florence (Porta Fiorentina or San Giovanni) and the other towards Siena (Porta Franca or Romea).
Today the village is still inhabited and develops around a large central square, Piazza Roma, where the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta overlooks. The square is surrounded by gardens and vegetable gardens, very important in the past for the survival of the town, and by numerous shops selling handicrafts and typically medieval objects. Monteriggioni is located on the Via Francigena, the most important medieval road that led pilgrims to Rome; more precisely, from Monteriggioni passes the section that from Piazza Roma leads to Piazza del Campo in Siena, for a total of about 21 km. Every year, towards the end of June, the medieval festival “Monteriggioni di torri si corona“ is organized in the castle, where it is possible to admire the ancient crafts (blacksmiths, carpenters, apothecaries, dyers and others) that create objects on the spot using only tools and historical instruments, creating the atmosphere of a low medieval market where everyone is dressed in costumes era. At the entrance, round the walls and around the village you will find medieval guards, while the castle comes alive with street shows, historical parades and music.
The territory of the municipality of Monteriggioni is very vast, reaching up to Quercegrossa, the Val d’Elsa and the Sienese area. Nearby are less known but very beautiful and evocative places like Abbadia a Isola, where there is a church dedicated to San Salvatore and Cirino; Scarna, where in the sixties was discovered an Etruscan necropolis with about thirty tombs excavated in the tuff dating back to the 4th century BC; the fourteenth-century Castello della Chiocciola characterized by a quadrangular tower surrounded by battlements, which takes its name from the typical staircase leading to the floors of the main tower; the Villa of Santa Colomba, residence of Pandolfo Petrucci, with a series of frescoes dating back to the XIII and XIV centuries, including a representation of Sant’Ansano, the Patron Saint of Siena, the only representation of the Saint outside the city walls .