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53035 Monteriggioni, Province of Siena, Italy

A Medieval Walled City

Walking through the walled city of Montriggioni I could only think of one word - charming.This medieval walled city dates back to the building of the castle in the 1320's.

Located 14 km northwest of Siena, we approached Monteriggioni and I saw the village up on the hill surrounded by a virtually intact fortress wall with 14 turrets. We parked in the tourist lot and walked the incline to the village as we passed the Chianti vineyards and pasturelands surrounding the village.Until the late 1960's this was a sleepy village where farmers and goat herders lived. Today, the town exists on visits of tourists and pilgrims.

Inside the gate, there is little or no traffic and I saw a pristine storybook town with a piazza and the church of Santa Maria Assunta, several restaurants, wine shops with wine tasting (this is Chianti country), and trinket shops.There are a few good hotels.

Monteriggioni is a classic example of a medieval fortress settlement. You can imagine life there centuries ago.

Sometimes it's nice to take time to chill out for a time during travels and Monteriggioni is the perfect place to do just that.

Info: www.monteriggioni.info

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