Welcome to Monteriggioni
The local tourism office markets Monteriggioni as a 'Gateway to the Middle Ages', and though hackneyed, the description fits. Enclosed by monumental walls with ramparts and 14 watchtowers, the physical structure of this fortified village has changed little since it was established in the 13th century and became a popular stop on the Via Francigena pilgrim trail. Sights include the walls, a small armour museum and the 13th-century Church of Santa Maria Assunta. There are also plenty of touristy boutiques to browse. In June and July, the streets are full of colourfully clad characters participating in one of Italy's oldest medieval festivals.