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The medieval borgo of Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni (Foto di Bruno Bruchi) The medieval borgo of Monteriggioni

Situated in the northern extremity of the municipality, Monteriggioni stands on top of a low hill whose slopes are dotted with olive trees and vines.

Cinta muraria (Foto Bruno Bruchi) Monteriggioni’s outer walls

Monteriggioni still today retains many of its original 13th century architectural features; indeed, it is unique among Tuscany’s medieval borghi.

Porta Franca (Foto Bruno Bruchi) The Porta Franca (Porta Romea) at Monteriggioni

This gateway is the main entrance to the borgo. It faces the direction of Rome, and stands below a tower with a high pointed arch.

porta di Ponente (Foto Bruno Bruchi) The Porta di Ponente at Monteriggioni

This gateway, facing Florence, stands beside a tower, and consists in a simple semi-circular arch.

Monteriggioni’s “Porta Murata”

In the medieval period, on the south-west side of the outer walls, there was a third gateway, which was later walled in.

Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta (Foto di Michele Piccardo) Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta (Monteriggioni)

The church, fronting the main square, is the building that best preserves the borgo’s medieval features.

The "Monteriggioni in Arme" Museum

This museum houses faithful reproductions of medieval and Renaissance weapons and armour. Accurate models also illustrate siege engines and siege techniques is use in the same periods.

I camminamenti Walkways along the top of Monteriggioni’s walls

Anyone coming to Monteriggioni cannot miss the experience of walking along the top of the castle walls.

Outside the borgo

Abbadia Isola Abbadia Isola

The founding of the abbey of S. Salvatore all’Isola, which goes back to 1001, is owed to Ava, a noblewoman of the Lambardi di Staggia family.

Castiglion Ghinibaldi (Foto Bruno Bruchi) Castiglion Ghinibaldi

Recorded since the 11th century as belonging to the Lambardi di Staggia family, the castle passed into the hands of the nearby Abbadia Isola in the following century.

Castelpietraio (Foto Bruno Bruchi) Castelpietraio

Recorded between the 12th and 13th centuries in a number of documents of the nearby Abbadia Isola, the oldest nucleus of the castle still has the remains of medieval buildings and towers, laid out around a courtyard.

Strove (Foto di Federico Pacini) Strove

Recorded in around the year 1000, the settlement of Strove belonged to the Lambardi di Staggia, the founders of the Abbadia Isola, to whom it passed at the end of the 11th century.

Pieve a castello facciata Pieve a castello

Established at the start of the 11th century but probably with much older origins, the ancient country church is now used for civic purposes.

Scorgiano (Foto Bruno Bruchi) Scorgiano

Like many others in the area this village has medieval origins but does not contain any noticeable traces of the period.

La posta

La Posta, situated along the Cassia Road not far from the crossroads which leads to the Castle of Monteriggioni, was a watering place for horses in the third decade of the 19th century.


Recorded for the first time in 1059 and then in further later documents, Stomennano was the site of a canonical community in the medieval period, although we do not know whether there was also a castle.

Poggiolo (Foto Bruno Bruchi) Poggiolo

The small rural area, also known as Porghiano in the medieval period still preserves, as the only evidence of this period, the church of S. Maria with a single nave built entirely in stone.


A small and pleasant hamlet at the entrance to the Chianti area, Lornano conserves an ancient parish church dedicated to S. Giovanni and possibly founded before the year 1,000.

Basciano and villa Parisini

In existence since the 12th century, Basciano is a small area on the top of a hill from which there is a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

Chiesa di San Dalmazio San Dalmazio

Situated along the Cassia road not far from Siena, the church of S. Dalmazio has medieval origins but is now seen in its eighteenth century guise.


The ancient origins of this site are evident in the church of S. Marcellino, S.Pietro and S. Erasmo.

La villa La villa

This is an imposing fort of the medieval era, characterised by a massive rectangular stone tower with curtain walls and crenulated battlements.

Castello della Chiocciola Castello della Chiocciola

Famous, above all, for its resistance to the Imperial militias during the war of Siena (mid 16th century), the castle is characterised by a robust square tower with crenulated battlements.

Colle Ciupi Colle Ciupi

The originally medieval village is now a small rural area with recently restored peasant cottages.


The small village, currently under restoration, is a rural habitat with stone houses enriched by brick loggias.

Chiesa di Santa Colomba Santa Colomba

The village has medieval origins but suffered serious damage in 1364 during the passage of the company of Giovanni Acuto (John Hawkwood).

Hermitage of S. Leonardo al lago

Recorded at the end of the 13th century, the hermitage stands on the margins of what was called, in the medieval period, the lake of Verano.

Piramide Pyramid and grand duke's canal

Not far from the hermitage of S. Leonardo stands the so-called Pyramid, an obelisk to the memory of the eighteenth century draining of the area below, which is still known today as the Pian del Lago [the Lake Plain].

Casa Giubileo (Foto Bruno Bruchi) Casa Giubileo

In March 1944 a group of partisans made their base at a farm, Casa Giubileo, in the woods of the Montagnola Senese, with the aim of carrying out actions to combat the troops of Nazi-fascism.

La porcareccia

This is the place where 19 young partisans were shot dead in 1944, an episode also known as the Montemaggio Atrocity.

The points of interest present on the “What to see” and “Itineraries” pages might not be open to the public. For info, contact the Tourist Office in Monteriggioni.