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The Medieval town of Monteriggioni is situated on a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Today people live in small houses all around a large central square, Piazza Roma, where tourists can admire the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta. The video shows the square surrounded by gardens and orchards, very important in the past for the survival of the country. There are also many shops of handicrafts and typically medieval objects. Piazza Roma is a place that offered no pavement, but that was paved in the Seventies and which still has the typical color of the stones from the so-called quarries of Rosia.
Monteriggioni, Piazza RomaThe Medieval Festival
Monteriggioni’s square is the scene of one of the most important local events: every year, towards the end of June, a medieval festival is held at the castle, where we can admire the ancient crafts (blacksmiths, carpenters, Speziari, dyers and more) that make objects on site using only tools and historical instruments, creating the atmosphere of a low medieval market all dressed in the costumes of the period. There are also the guards in various strategic areas of the castle (the entrance, patrols on the walls and on the inside), areas for children, shopkeepers, street performances and historical procession with lots of music evoking the Middle Ages.
Monteriggioni is located in the path of the Via Francigena, the famous ancient road that led pilgrims to Rome: specifically from Piazza Roma to Piazza del Campo in Siena for a total of about 21 Km.