Monteriggioni Castle

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1214–19 as a front line in their wars against Florence.

During the conflicts between Siena and Florence in the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification. It also withstood many attacks from both the Florentines and the forces of the Bishop of Volterra.


castello di monteriggioni piazza

Monteriggioni in recent years has become more important for the tourism having been inserted in the path of the Via Francigena from the Council Of Europe, showing its cultural importance.
It is a walking trail that begins in Piazza Roma Monteriggioni and get to Piazza del Campo, for a distance of 20.6 kilometers.
Because of its importance as part of the Via Francigena it has been included in a project of reconstruction of the territorial medieval landscape.


castello di monteriggioni1


The Tuscan poet Dante Alighieri used the turrets of Monteriggioni to evoke the sight of the ring of giants encircling the Infernal abyss.

però che, come su la cerchia tonda
Montereggion di torri si corona,
così la proda che ‘l pozzo circonda
torreggiavan di mezza la persona
li orribili giganti, cui minaccia
Giove del cielo ancora quando tuona.
— Dante Alighieri, Inferno canto XXXI, lines 40-45
As with circling round
Of turrets, Monteriggioni crowns his walls;
E’en thus the shore, encompassing the abyss,
Was turreted with giants, half their length
Uprearing, horrible, whom Jove from heaven
Yet threatens, when his muttering thunder rolls.
— as translated by Henry Francis Cary during the years 1805–1844


castello di Monteriggioni


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