Monteriggioni is one of the most incredible and quintessential medieval Tuscan villages. The walled town was built on a hill by the Sienese in the 13th century so they could protect front line from their rivals, the Florentines. It was also a strategic point for controlling the nearby stretch of the via Francigena.
Monteriggioni is well preserved and boasts magnificent defense walls dotted with 14 towers. You can enter through the Porta Franca or San Giovanni, immediately diving into the heart of the village. The main square is called piazza Roma and features the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. You can also visit the museum with replicas of medieval and Renaissance weaponry and armour and walk along the walls, from where you can admire the beautiful Chianti countryside and the Val d’Elsa. Read this for more info about Monteriggioni.
How to reach Monteriggioni:
- The easiest way to reach Monteriggioni is by car: take the Via Cassia SS2 and exit at Monteriggioni.
- Another option is the bus: from Siena, you can take bus 130 A and the journey is about 25 minutes.