Tag: Siena

Monticchiello

The entrance to Monticchiello is from Porta Sant’Agata, with the two defending towers on the side, which still display the emblem of Siena. The urban structure is unusually spacious, without the usual oppressive narrow alleys, with plenty of large squares paved with stone. Every summer is on stage the “Teatro Povero” (literally: Poor Theatre) written, directed and interpreted by the… Read more →

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Montalcino

The birth of Montalcino can be traced around the tenth century, although there is a previous document (715), signed by the Lombard king Liutprand, in which he cites the dispute between the Diocese of Siena and Arezzo for the possession of some churches existing in the territory of Montalcino. Itself thanks to its strategic location, Montalcino in 1110 became a… Read more →

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Badia a Passignano

Badia a Passignano was founded on an isolated site reachable via a branch of the road known in mediaeval times as the “strada senese del Sambuco”, the route to Siena preferred by the Florentines until at least the year 1200. The Abbey, founded in 1049 as a consequence of the Vallombrosan monastic reforms, takes the form of a quadrangular fortified… Read more →

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Siena

Siena is likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the… Read more →

Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has incredibly preserved an intact structure as if time had never passed on the hill from which it elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape. It is nestled in the province of Siena, between this beautiful city and Colle Val d’Elsa. Its perfect circular perimeter makes one suppose it… Read more →