Each year in July, Monteriggioni community organizes a great event. It is the medieval festival, that happens on two different weekends. Actually, its much more then a party, it’s a historical setting and scenery. Everything is organized with the intent that visitors feel to be back in time, really back in the medieval times!
Monteriggioni fortress is a jewel located right in the centre of Tuscany, just outside the major city of Siena. This fortress has served as one of the defence settlements of the Siennese Republic. There was a long war between Florence and Siena during the medieval time for this territory. They kept on with this war till the year 1550.
Now, this town represents an important historic and touristic point in Tuscany. The territory of Monteriggioni is very large, and completely rural. You will find some beautiful castles and hamlets, like La Chiocciola, Strove and Abbadia Isola. There is a quite large number of fortifications and castles around Monteriggioni because it used to be on the verge of Via Francigena, the famous road that connected Rome to France passing through Florence. Part of this road corresponds to the present route of Via Cassia.
There are shows of jugglers and medieval music bands in the square. There are several performances of real battles that have took place in the region, with soldiers passing among people acting like if it was real. They organize lots of activities for children, like theatre, textile and hand-made paper workshops. You pay a ticket to enter, and can participate of all activities during the whole day.
The ticket doesn’t include food, but even the meal will transport you directly to the old times. There is a dinner menu of the day, served on large wooden tables and blenches by the local hosts, on “terracotta” dishes and glasses, and you will eat the delicious typical menu using wooden spoons. To drink, only water or house wine, just like once upon a time!
The medieval fest at Monteriggioni is really something you can’t loose if you are travelling to Tuscany on July! It is a unique and and special experience, more then a theatre exhibition… But that is not the only event organized in this amazing place! Monteriggioni offers shows, events and parties the whole year, like the “Festa dell’Autunno” during the fall, the “Fiacolata di Natale” on Christmas evening and many different music concerts along the year, like Celtic music for example.
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