Wonder and awe were the feelings the medieval travelers sensed when seeing Monteriggioni’s towers, and that are so very well described by Dante Alighieri in one of his cantos (Inferno, Canto XXXI):
“[…] as with circling rounds of towers / Monteriggion crowns his walls / e’en thus the shore, encompassing the abyss / was turreted with giants / half their length […]”
Thanks to our Professional Tour Guides you will learn about the origin and history of Monteriggioni and its walls, still striking the modern travelers’ fantasies and imagination, after so many centuries. A few km away from this medieval jewel you will discover one of the oldest Romanesque abbeys built along the Via Francigena: Badia a Isola, founded in 1001 by the Countess Ava Zanobi, a noblewoman of Lombard origin.
The visit of Monteriggioni can be matched to guided tours of some of the most fascinating Tuscan cities, such as Siena, San Gimignano, the Abbey of San Galgano, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi, Castellina in Chianti, Certaldo.
*The Via Francigena is the ancient pilgrimage route, from Canterbury to Rome, followed by archbishops travelling to receive from the Pope their symbols of authority as well as ordinary pilgrims on their way to Rome or onward to Jerusalem.