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The Castle of Monteriggioni
The Castle of Monteriggioni, the “Gateway to the Middle Ages”, is located in Central Tuscany. It was built by the Republic of Siena at the beginning of the 13th century to defend its southern border against Florence (www.monteriggioniturismo.it). Fans of the video game Assassin’s Creed might recognize this castle (yes, it is a real place). Its impressive towers were mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy; he compared them to real life giants surrounding the abyss.
The Day I Visited A Castle
I went to the Castle of Monteriggioni about a week ago. Now, this was an unplanned visit. I arrived an hour early at the government office where I was supposed to pick up some documents. So since the office was still closed, my husband suggested that I visit the castle, which was only a ten-minute hike. No sweat!
Since I was not prepared to go on a hike that day (I was wearing white Converse sneakers), I took my time and enjoyed the view and the cool Autumn breeze as I passed by the rows of olive trees.
The Castle of Monteriggioni
The Main Sights
1. The Church of Santa Maria Assunta (13th Century)
First stop is the small church in the square. It is a small and beautiful church inside the castle walls. Here you will find some restored frescoes. The entrance is free. It is worth a quick look.
2. The Battlements on the Town Walls
Next stop: The Battlements on the Town Walls. This is the most important part of the tour, in my opinion. The Camminamento Sulle Mura (Walk on the Walls) is open every day (9:30-13:30 and 14-19:30). The full price is 3 euros. The reduced ticket is 2 euros (groups with at least 15 people, pilgrims with pilgrim passport, over 65, TCI and Edumusei members). The family ticket costs 9,5 euros (2 adults + 2 or 3 children 8-17 years old). Free admission to children up 7 years old (with an adult companion)- school groups excluded, residents in Monteriggioni territory, tourist guides and teachers with organized groups, disabled). This also includes the entrance to the Armour Museum.
3. The ‘Monteriggioni in Arme’ Museum
In this museum, you can see models, panels and life-size armor that you can put on. It offers insight into the glorious military history of the town.
I had a typical Italian breakfast– delicious cup of cappuccino and a pastry filled with apricot jam at the Il Feudo Bar Ristorante.
The service was very good and I had a very pleasant experience!
As I was having my breakfast, a man and a woman went into the restaurant asking if they serve eggs. The server said no, they do not serve eggs for breakfast. She did offer a plate of prosciutto, cheese, and fresh fruits instead. The couple asked for the menu. Minutes later, they left the bar. Well, I am not Italian so I do love having eggs for breakfast. So the next day, I made a typical Filipino breakfast of rice, fried egg, and sausages (lol)!
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The Medieval Festival is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the Tuscan summer. It is celebrated every year in the month of July. We missed it this year so I will make sure to bring the kids here next summer!
If you are in Siena, the Monteriggioni Castle is worth a visit! You can take a bus from the Fontebecci bus stop in Siena to the Monteriggioni Rotonda. You can also drive to the Comune di Monteriggioni and park your car in the parking area. Walk a few meters to the entrance of the trail at the end of the hill. You do not need to be a professional climber to walk up the hill. Just walk with caution as there are no handrails to support you.
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When was the last time you visited a place that is off the beaten track? Let me know in the comments!