GOOD TUSCAN TASTE
is served either in the garden or in the mail lobby bar area depending on wheather conditions. The international served breakfast offered by Hotel Monteriggioni includes a rich variety of foods, all made with high-quality ingredients: sweet pastries and savoury dishes such as cold cuts and local cheeses, fresh fruit salad or Greek style yoghurt, fresh juice and coffee. The Bar
is open all day and offers soft drinks, wine, liqueurs and cocktails, either by the glass or by the bottle.
THE GARDEN - OUR PARADISE
The ancient city walls surrounding the medieval village separate the garden from the gentle hills that overlook the countryside towards Siena and Florence. Amid ancient olive trees, a swimming pool
and a private heated Jacuzzi
experience (supplement applies) , our guests may find a quiet corner to read, chat or simply relax and enjoy the peace of the garden. In the summer time, breakfast, aperitifs and cocktails are served in the garden, so that guests may truly enjoy this magical scene.
Monteriggioni: our suggestion on what to see, what to visit and what to do in and around
A small treasure nestled in the heart of green Tuscany, in this and many other ways, could be described Monteriggioni, in the province of Siena. A typical example of a fortified village, Monteriggioni has an urban center of modest size because of the walls that surround it, which measure 570 meters perimeter.
What makes this village unforgettable is the history of which it seems to be steeped in every building, alley or stairway, and the care taken in the details, from the colorful flowers on the windows of the stores, to the cleanliness of the streets, to the pretty little painted doors that do not actually lead anywhere. The evocative setting of the castle of Monteriggioni looks like a place where time has stopped, with its fourteen towers still intact, as if to protect it from the dangers and the passing years. Dante himself was struck by this, quoting it in a canto of the Inferno: "Monteriggioni is crowned with towers, so is the road that surrounds the well". The spectacle of the circle of walls - elliptical in shape that surrounds the top of a high hill called Monte Ala - is a unique visiting card. It is therefore an opportunity not to be missed to climb the walls and walk two sections of the ancient walkways, from which you can enjoy wonderful views of the village and the surrounding hills, from the slopes planted with vines and olive trees.
The Castle of Monteriggioni was born with the function of a fortress to defend the expansionist aims of the powerful Florence, for this reason they tried to limit the doors, weak points par excellence. The main one to the east, towards Siena, is called Porta Romea or Franca, the other to the west, which looks towards Florence, diametrically opposed to the first, is called Porta San Giovanni or Fiorentina, from which part of a dirt road. Both preserve the signs of the hinges and the holes used for the closing bars. Entering from Porta Franca, (the main door) you reach the large Piazza Dante Alighieri (former Piazza Roma)
, in the center of which there is a characteristic and rudimentary stone well, essential in antiquity to drink, with its rough stones, vineyards and olive groves and gardens as a backdrop you will really seem to be in another era. Also on the square there is the small Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo
, of thirteenth-century origin, inside which are preserved some works of great value, including a painting of the Madonna del Vanni, two tabernacles dating back to the fifteenth century, a wooden crucifix and a bell donated by the Republic of Siena in 1298.
Near the church of Monteriggioni we can find the Museum of Medieval Armor
, which houses faithful reproductions of medieval and Renaissance weapons and armor, along with models that illustrate means and techniques of siege. Each room is dedicated to a specific moment in the history of Monteriggioni, where some explanatory panels and a multilingual audio guide accompany the visitor, also much appreciated by the majority of the public is the opportunity to handle and wear some weapons and parts of armor.
Monteriggioni is one of the stages of the Via Francigena, the 32nd to be exact, and right here was born the "Slow Travel Fest", the first festival in Italy dedicated to the culture of slow travel, including meetings, excursions, art, music, cinema and nature. An event for all travelers, from children to experts, which was created to tell what it means to move in symbiosis with the territory, on foot or by bicycle.
In full respect of traditions, those who visit Monteriggioni cannot fail to attend a falconry show held on some weekends by the Association "Falconieri del Re" to revive the prestigious art of falconry giving demonstration of ancient techniques of flight and hunting with beautiful specimens of birds of prey. Monteriggioni, not only offers history and tradition, but also gives space for shopping and souvenirs.
In the central square you can find nice stores, most of which offer typical products, others are specialized in home decor and clothing.
Piazza Dante Alighieri is also the seat of the three restaurants of the city, which with their well aligned tables and the characteristic signs lend themselves to refresh visitors, with traditional dishes such as Ficattole (appetizers made with bread dough left over and fried), Pappardelle with rabbit, Pici con salsa briciolata (paccheri with zucchini and sausage sauce), and Sfratti di Sorano (ancient sweet of Jewish tradition, made with honey, orange peel, walnuts, aniseed seeds and nutmeg).
Among these we point out: Le Torri and L'antico Travaglio
Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to walk along the paths of the Montagnola Senese, a large green area classified as a Site of Community Interest (S.I.C.). On foot, by bike, or on horseback the landscape offers secular woods of holm oaks alternated with wide vineyards, with the possibility, for those who wish, to walk along suggestive stretches of the ancient Via Francigena to Rome.
Another noteworthy medieval village is San Gimignano, with its thirteen towers, part of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. San Gimignano has an ancient history dating back to 929 A.D. and also here we find several religious structures worthy of note as the Cathedral, whose interior is frescoed with Stories of the Old and New Testament, attributed respectively to the schools of Bartolo di Fredi and Simone Martini. Notable the Communal Building, center of the Pinacoteca and the Civic Museums, with works of Memmo di Flippuccio and Lippo Memmi. Noteworthy is the collection of works gathered at the Museum of Sacred Art.
There is also the Wine Museum, where you can taste and discover the history of San Gimignano wine through an itinerary built with panels, images and olfactory sensations.
Among the treasures of Tuscany it should also be mentioned Colle Val D'Elsa, also called the "City of Crystal" for its secular artisan tradition which brought its crystals all over the world. It is impossible to leave Tuscany without visiting the medieval city par excellence, that is Siena.
The village of Monteriggioni is of modest size, so it can be easily visited on foot, but also the bicycle can be a very convenient way to regain lost rhythms and to fully experience these magnificent streets surrounded by nature. You can rent a bike, maybe electric, at one of the many service centers or use the bikes of the bike sharing points. Just ask us in advance.
Near Monteriggioni there are also two parking lots where you can leave your car (50/250 meters from the Castle), while Monteriggioni can be easily reached from Florence, passing through the Autopalio highway in the direction of Siena, exit at Monteriggioni and follow the signs to the Castle. Monteriggioni is served by the Ferrovia Centrale Toscana through the station of Castellina in Chianti - Monteriggioni. The nearest airport with commercial traffic is that of Florence.
Walkways on the walls of Monteriggioni
Not to be missed, for those who decide to come to Monteriggioni, is a visit to the walkways on the walls of the castle. From the top of the defensive wall you can admire the beautiful surrounding countryside towards Chianti and Valdelsa and enjoy an unusual view of the village. But with a bit of immagination you can also hear the footsteps of those soldiers who, from these walls, once guarded the castle...
Museum "Monteriggioni in Arme”
The museum houses faithful reproductions of medieval and Renaissance weapons and armor. Accurate models, moreover, illustrate means and techniques of siege in vogue in the same periods. Each room is dedicated to a specific moment in the history of Monteriggioni, within which the pieces on display are contextualized. As unusual as it is appreciated by most of the people is the possibility of handling and wearing some weapons and parts of armour, situated in special areas of the museum. Some explanatory panels accompany the visitor in this brief, but intense immersion in history.
ATTENTION: POSSIBILITY TO WEAR ARMORS SUSPENDED FOR COVID-19
Days and opening hours - Pls check online on new opening schedule)
July 1-September 30, 2021 open every day. Hours: 9.30-13.30/14-19.30.
WALK ON THE WALLS + MUSEUM OF ARMS "MONTERIGGIONI IN ARME" Walk on the walls + armor museum "Monteriggioni in Arme" Walk on the walls + armor museum “Monteriggioni in Arme”
UNIQUE TICKET - ONE TICKET
|Intero - Full price
|Ridotto - Reduced
gruppi a partire da 15 paganti; pellegrini con credenziale; ultrasessantacinquenni; possessori Carta dello Studente della Toscana (solo lun-ven non festivi); soci TCI e Edumusei card
groups over 15 persons; pilgrims with pilgrim’s passport; over 65; Tuscany students’ card owners (lun to fri –working days only); TCI and Edumusei members
OUT OF THE WALLS Two steps in the Middle Ages among the ancient Tuscan Abbeys
Arezzo and surroundings, Cortona and surroundings, Florence and surroundings, Siena and surroundings, Recommended weekend for
: from 2 to 5 days
A journey through the mysteries and legends of the Middle Ages up and down the beautiful hills between Florence, Arezzo and Siena. An itinerary to be covered in its entirety over the course of a weekend, or stage by stage, in individual outings.
Tuscany is famous all over the world for being the Cradle of the Renaissance, but even in earlier times the Tuscan territory was embellished with evocative artistic beauties that are still able to fascinate deeply today. The Middle Ages, a time that is normally considered dark and arcane, was instead fervent and rich in beauty throughout the territory also thanks to the Romanesque and Gothic religious architecture.
Here is a short extract among the mysteries, the legends, the faith and the suggestions of that distant period thanks to the visit of the marvelous abbeys founded between the provinces of Florence, Arezzo and Siena between the IX and the X century, flourished and became very powerful in the XI and XII century, fell into a slow but inexorable decline starting from the end of the XIII century, just when the first shoots of a new era began to appear in the communal civilization, and then brought back to their ancient splendor during the XX century.
Moving towards Valdambra valley, on the road connecting Valdarno Aretino to Siena, you can admire the beautiful Abbey of Badia a Ruoti, in the municipality of Bucine (AR), which rises in the middle of a small rural village and which in the past was very powerful, until it represented for years the seat of the Bishop of Montepulciano. The Abbey is open from May to September on Saturdays and holidays from 16:00 to 18:00, and in other months by appointment at least one day in advance at the following numbers: 055-998021, 055-998168, 055-9910214.
Continuing towards Siena along the road SP 540 which connects Val d'Ambra to Colonna del Grillo and turning right at the sign indicating Badia d'Ombrone you can reach, after about 800 mt. of dirt road, the wonderful Abbadia a Monastero, in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI). In addition to the building, fabulous is the lawn that surrounds it, where you can sit and have a picnic in an atmosphere of other times.
Moving towards Siena and continuing on the freeway to Grosseto, if you exit at San Lorenzo a Merse, you arrive at San Galgano, the charming roofless abbey, near which the Hermitage of Montesiepi houses a Tuscan version of the legendary Sword in the Stone.
Another idea is to venture among the wonderful Crete Senesi, between the towns of Asciano and Buonconvento. Here you will find the Abbey of Monteoliveto Maggiore, set among the typical gullies of the Crete, in a magnificent landscape.
Continuing to Bonconvento and then again to Montalcino and the summit of Mount Amiata, we arrive at what we believe is the most beautiful and fascinating of the Tuscan abbeys: that of Sant'Antimo. Little can be said in front of this mystical place. The advice is first of all to go there, but also to leave it for last if you intend to visit several of them. It is so extraordinary that it could obscure the charm of the others, all beautiful and all worthy of a visit for a journey into the magical Middle Ages.
Hermitage of Lecceto
These are the origins of the Lecceto Hermitage: a group of hermits in search of the face of God transformed an inhospitable forest and a den of brigands into a "den of sanctity".
Weekly markets in the municipalities in the province of Siena –
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- - at Asciano, in Via Mameli (fruit and vegetables) (in the morning)
- - in Chiusi, in Via di Chiusi Scalo (in the morning)
- - in Gaiole in Chianti, in Via Ricasoli (in the morning)
- - in Rapolano Terme, in Via Prov. Sud (in the morning)
- - in San Giovanni d'Asso, in Via Umberto I (in the morning)
- - in Siena, in Piazza Laghi (in the morning)
- - in Asciano, in Via Mameli (fruit and vegetable shop) (in the morning)
- - in Castiglione d'Orcia, in fraz. Capiglia D'Orcia (in the morning)
- - in Castiglione d'Orcia, in fraz. Gallina Via Colombaio (the morning)
- - in Chiusi, in Historical Center (the morning)
- - in Monteroni d'Arbia, in Piazza Matteotti (morning)
- - in Poggibonsi, in Via Re Di Puglia (in the morning)
- - in Sinalunga, in Piazza Garibaldi (grocery store) (morning)
- - in Torrita di Siena, in Via del Pianello (in the morning)
- - in Monteroni d'Arbia, in Via I Maggio (in the morning)
- - in Asciano, in Via Mameli (fruit and vegetables) (morning)
- - in Chianciano Terme, in Via della Pace (in the morning)
- - in Piancastagnaio, in Piazza Dante Alighieri (in the morning)
- - in Rapolano Terme, in Via Rinascita (in the morning)a Siena, in Viale XXV Aprile (la mattina)
- in Chianciano Terme, in Via dello Stadio (in the morning)
- in Asciano, in Via Mameli (fruit and vegetable shop) (in the morning)
- in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in Piazza Marconi Via Chianti (in the morning)
- in Cetona, in fraz. Piazze, Piazza della Resistenza (in the morning)
- in Chiusdino, in Piazza XX Settembre (in the morning)
- in Montepulciano, in Piazza Nenni (in the morning)
- in Monteriggioni, in Castellina Scalo, Via Casa Giubileo (in the morning)
- in Rapolano Terme, in Centro Storico (in the morning)
- in San Gimignano, in Piazza Cisterna (in the morning)
- in Trequanda, in Via Trove (in the morning)
- in Trequanda, in Piazza della Pace (in the morning)
- in San Gimignano, in Piazza del Duomo (in the morning)
- in San Gimignano, in piazza dell'Erbe (in the morning)
- in Asciano, in Via Mameli (fruit and vegetable shop) (in the morning)
- in Colle di Val d'Elsa, in Piazza Arnolfo (in the morning)
- in Montalcino, in Via della Libertà (in the morning)
- in Monticiano, in Piazza Sant'Agostino (in the morning)
- in Pienza, in Via Mencattelli (in the morning)
- in Rapolano Terme, in fraz. Serre Piazza Biagini (in the morning)
- in Sarteano, in Piazza Morgantini (in the morning)
- in Torrita di Siena, in Passeggio Garibaldi (in the morning)
- in Sarteano, in Piazzale Ippocrate (in the morning)
- in San Gimignano, in Piazza dell'Erbe (in the morning)
- in Asciano, in Via Amendola (in the morning)
- in Buonconvento, in Piazzale Garibaldi (in the morning)
- in Castellina in Chianti, in Via IV Novembre (in the morning)
- in Cetona, in Piazza Garibaldi (in the morning)
- in Montepulciano, in Station Via Roma (in the morning)
- in Montepulciano, in Piazzetta dell Calle (in the morning)
- in Piancastagnaio, in Centro (in the morning)
- in Poggibonsi, in fraz. Staggia Senese (in the morning)
- in Rapolano Terme, in Piazza Giannetti (morning)
- in Siena, in Piazza Sandro Pertini (in the morning)
- in Sinalunga, in Piazza Garibaldi (in the morning)
- in Castiglione d'Orcia, in fraz. Vivo D'Orcia, Piazza Fontana (in the morning)
- - in Castiglione d'Orcia, in Piazza Unità Italiana (in the morning)
Eat and Drink our suggestions - but be careful not to drink too much if you take the car.
Reservations are strongly recommended, in all of them.
Although the solutions offered at walking distance within Monteriggioni offer a wide choice of Tuscan cuisine with interesting ideas among which we recommend, in alphabetical order:
, recommended by us for the meat
, more international fusion cuisine with references to Tuscany
, pure Tuscan cuisine, specialized in first courses
, local cold cuts and cheese boards
The cuisine in the surrounding area a few minutes from the castle offers:
, refined cuisine with zero km products and own productions.
at Abbadia Isola, 4 km and about 5' away
, legendary for its meat. The best in the area, dry aged and Fiorentine. Staggia Senese, 7 km and less than ten minutes.
. Refined ambience and fusion cuisine, homemade wines, 1.5 km, 5' away.
A Tavola da Guido
. Loc Castellina in chianti. Enchanting place on the top of a hill. Worth the trip. About 20 km and 30'.
Il Gallo Nero
, in Castellina in Chianti, about 20 minutes
, two Michelin stars, the top in the area. Gastronomic journey guaranteed. In Colle Val D'Elsa, about 15 km and 15'.
L'Officina della bistecca
- Antica macelleria Cecchini - Panzano in Chianti (7 courses of meat)
, one Michelin star, a must try. Castelnuovo Berardenga, 35 km, 45'
La bottega del 30
, da Helene, the oldest starred restaurant in Italy for over 30 years, one Michelin star, 35 km, about 45', locality Villa a Sesta.
, Castellina in Chianti, game recommended pheasant, wild oak, garden lunch and dining overlooking the Chianti region. 15 km about 25’, loc. Fonterutoli
There are a lot, we suggest La cantina del Castello, Fonterutoli, Dievole, Brolio, il Ciliegio
, S. Francesco parking lot, outside the walls in an ancient wine cellar dug in the tuff.
La Taverna S. Giuseppe
, Il Campo parking lot, typical, a must.
Il Mugolone, recommended parking Fortezza. At 20 mt from Piazza del Campo. Historical and renovated.