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“One of those hard to forget places in Tuscany”

Walls of Monteriggioni
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Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena
Reviewed October 30, 2013

The ride from Siena to Monteriggioni is spectacular cause the road(very narrow one) passes very close to another community Casole d'Elsa a towering little town nestled in a mountain,and the views throughout the ride are spectacular and only seeing in Tuscany.The town is a small hill and it's like suspended in time very small but beautiful with all those narrow streets with those medieval houses that takes you back in time.
The wall around the town is very well preserved and the views from the top of the tower are magnificent.Great experience!!!

Thank JorgeRita
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Our two week trip to Italy included a week in the Toscano region with our "home-base" being in Monteriggioni at a lovely hotel a little off the beaten path but lovely nonetheless.

Monteriggioni is a fantastic location to centralize yourself for visiting multiple hill-towns, etc. in the region. It is close to Florence, Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona and more with just a short drive in almost any direction. We visited in October so the weather was great... highs in the 20-30's (centigrade) or 60-70's (farenheit) and lows in the 10-20's (c) / 50-60's (f). It is a humid region and mornings bring lots of dew so be prepared. If you aren't used to the humidity the nights can feel chilly so bring a little sweater or jacket.

The roads here are very narrow and curvy so drive carefully and expect to have "close-calls" as the natives of the region drive very fast even on these tight roads.

The food here is just amazing... typically very simple but bursting with flavor as the ingredients are often locally grown and fresh from the market daily. Look for restaurants with small, hand-written menus for the most fresh dishes (change daily and hand-written because the dishes will depend on what was abundant in the market that day)!

The people here are very friendly and often, it just takes saying hello or "buon giorno" or "buono sera" to get a response. Many don't speak English but will try to communicate with a smile if you do, too. ;)

I am in LOVE with Tuscany and will someday make it my home. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do... if you do, you will have a wonderful time here.

3  Thank Jodi T
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a very quaint little town (you can walk from one end to the other in 5 minutes). If you go here you must go up on the wall (2 Euros) because the view of the countryside is magnificent! You also get a different perspective of the town from atop of the wall. It's my understanding that there's a Medieval festival that takes place here in the summer which would definitely go back during this time to see. There's shops and food if you are so inclined.

Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Discovering gems like this is why you leave the Autostrada (interstate)! We wanted to see the countryside and did we ever when we rounded a curve and saw this castle perched on a hill. Wow! Seeing this was definitely one of the highlights on our visit to Tuscany. It's just off the highway between Siena and Florence. We paid the six Euros (well worth the price) to climb to top of walls on both sides of the castle. The views are amazing! We were surprised to find places to eat and shop, and there's even a hotel! We definitely reccommend stopping here...a couple hours should be enough time. This castle belonged to Siena and was used as a front line defense during wars between Siena and Florence. Also, it's mentioned by Dante's Divine Comedy. This is mentioned on one of the interpretive signs located up on the walkways. Don't miss seeing this!

1  Thank AngelaASC
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

You park at the bottom of a hill and work for about 7-10 minutes (depends how much you look around) until you come to this walled medieval hilltop town. There are some nice shops to browse through and we had gelato and admired the view. It was part of our drive between Florence and Siena and well worth the hour we spent there.

Thank Robin and Diane F
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