Driving along the freeway from Florence to Siena you’ll be intrigued by the sight of a sort of fortress on top of a low hill. They are the round walls of the ancient Castle of Monteriggioni that are encircling the main square, the church, and a few buildings including a couple of restaurants and a hotel. It is a rare example of a medieval fortified village dating back to the first half of 1200. The walls have two city gates; the southern one, Porta Romea (Romea Gate), leads directly to the main square with the well and the simple Romanesque-style Church of Santa Maria. Only 11 of the original 15 watch towers are left standing but it is well worth a visit and a walk along the length of walls open to the public. And this marvel is not even 20 km from Siena! Opening hours vary according to month, so check the website before visiting.
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