Situated at the northern end of the region, Monteriggione occupies the peak of a small, rolling hill covered with cultivated slopes, vineyards and olives. Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory, both exterior walls and the buildings within are some the best preserved in all of Italy, attracting tourists, architects, medieval historians and archaeologists. The intact fortified wall presents 14 towers and 2 gates. The town appears to float above the valley at night due to the hillside walls and towers being lit from below with light.
Special Note: Every July one of the most beautiful medieval festivals in the region is celebrated here. The city goes back in time to the Middle Ages; the streets fill up with craftsmen, cavaliers and people in period costume creating a really enchanting atmosphere. Dances, live performances, music, theatre, kids entertainment, duels, acrobats, storytellers and more entertain the public as well as recreate the atmosphere of what chaotic life in a castle used to be like. Be sure to exchange your euros with medieval coins to sample the wine and food of those times inside the castle.
Nearby: Visit Casole d'Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Poggibonsi, Sovicille.
Distances: Siena - 13 miles, Florence - 34 miles, Arezzo - 57 miles