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Monteriggioni is a Tuscan gem, once mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy and today known for its mesmerising skyline and prime hilltop position. Surrounded by a fortress wall complete with 14 majestic towers, Monteriggioni is one of the region’s must-visit destinations and is often compared with nearby San Gimignano.
The town itself is an intimate collection of medieval buildings, laid out in a haphazard fashion and surrounded entirely by the 13th-century walls. These awe-inspiring fortifications span nearly 2,000 feet, offering plenty of vantage points along their impressive length. Down below, the streets are a jumble of pretty townhouses and quaint churches, all within easy reach of Piazza Roma, the town’s main square.
Another plus point for this hilltop town is its location – it’s half an hour’s drive from both Siena and San Gimignano, and only an hour from the Tuscan capital of Florence. Climb the medieval towers of San Gimignano for a bird’s-eye view of the region, head to Siena for its many Gothic delights or make the journey to Florence to experience the Renaissance era in all its glory.