Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni is a comune in the province of Siena in the Italian region of Tuscany. It borders on the communes of Casole d'Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Poggibonsi, Siena, and Sovicille. The town is architecturally and culturally significant; it hosts several piazzas, and is referenced in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

 City walls of Monteriggioni.

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1214–19 as a front line in their wars against Florence,[1] by assuming command of the Via Cassia running through the Val d'Elsa and Val Staggia to the west.

During the conflicts between Siena and Florence in the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification.[2] It also withstood many attacks from both the Florentines and the forces of the Bishop of Volterra.[3] In 1554 the Sienese were able to place control of the town's garrison to Giovannino Zeti, who had been exiled from Florence.[4] In 1554, in an act of reconciliation with the Medicis, Zeti simply handed the keys of the town over to the Medicean forces— considered a "great betrayal" by the town's people.[5]

^ Crump, Vincent (April 6, 2008). "Step up for Europe's top treks". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 April 2010. ^ Miklas, Margie (7 March 2016). "Monteriggioni – Another Hilltop Town in Tuscany". L'Italo-Americano. Retrieved 27 May 2018. ^ "Monteriggioni San Gimignano and Castellina in Chianti Fullday from Rome". Trip Republic. Rome. 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018. ^ Bucknall, Harry (17 July 2014). Like a Tramp, Like A Pilgrim: On Foot, Across Europe to Rome. A&C Black. p. 144. ISBN 9781408187265. ^ Cite error: The named reference tours was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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