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Medieval Feast in Monteriggioni
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Monteriggioni di torri si corona: a “crowning” festival

A must-attend festival to relive the magic of medieval times

It was Dante Alighieri who in the Divine Comedy wrote “Monteriggioni di torri si corona” (translated as “Of turrets, Monteriggioni crowns its walls), because its 10 meter-high fortified walls hold a solid 14 towers, which were useful during medieval times to catch sight of enemies – particularly Florentines – approaching from far away. This festival plunges the town right back into those medieval times with a colorful festival that’s among Tuscany’s oldest. Monteriggioni di torri si corona is a must-attend event for anyone who enjoys historic re-enactments, filled with street artists, costumed figures, engaging concerts and children’s entertainment, all in a dream-like atmosphere.

The main party begins with a banquet at the Castle, a medieval-style dinner that will feature dishes produced after philological research, all aimed at putting local traditions on display. The Castle is also the setting for numerous international concerts: one standout group is the German band Corvus Corax, specialized in medieval music with bagpipes and centuries-old instruments.

In the various stands at the festival, payment is made strictly using the grosso, the old currency of the Sienese Republic, which you can obtain at the festival entrance.

Particular attention will be given to audience involvement: any visitor can get a costume and participate even more actively just by contacting the organizers.

Eraldo Ammannati e Marco Valenti,
Tel. 0577 30 48 34
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Perched on a gentle hilltop, the 14 towers lead us into the past
Monteriggioni, whose stone halo shines from the top of a hill, is one of the most memorable towns in all of Italy. The town stands illusion-like to travellers wishing to dive into the Middle Ages and its beauty is such that Monteriggioni has played the leading role in films as well as in an episode of the popular videogame Assassin’s Creed. ...