Monteriggioni, Tuscany


Related Images

Piazza Roma, Monteriggioni, Tuscany Fattoria Lornano (Winery), Chianti, Italy fiasco di chianti // monteriggioni Bordeaux Quay, Bristol mie foto 004 mie foto 008 mie foto 028 monteriggioni 1 Monteriggioni Church in Monteriggioni Monteriggioni March Monteriggioni March Spring in Italy Piazza Roma, Monteriggioni Monteriggioni March Monteriggioni wine shop Monteriggioni city walls and Via Francigena Monteriggioni march A September day in Monteriggioni Monteriggioni March Monteriggioni (Tuscany)


License: Creative Commons - Attribution
Author: Ray in Manila
Description:
Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1214–19 as a front line in their wars against Florence, by assuming command of the Via Cassia running through the Val d'Elsa and Val Staggia to the west. During the conflicts between Siena and Florence in the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification. It also withstood many attacks from both the Florentines and the forces of the Bishop of Volterra. In 1554 the Sienese were able to place control of the town's garrison to Giovannino Zeti, who had been exiled from Florence. In 1554, in an act of reconciliation with the Medicis, Zeti simply handed the keys of the town over to the Medicean forces - considered a "great betrayal" by the town's people. The roughly circular walls, totalling a length of about 570 metres (1,870 ft) and following the natural contours of the hill, were built between 1213 and 1219. There are 14 towers on square bases set at equidistance, and two portals or gates. One gate, the Porta Fiorentina opens toward Florence to the north, and the other, the Porta Romana, faces Rome to the south. The main street within the walls connects the two gates in a roughly straight line. The main piazza, the Piazza Roma, is dominated by a Romanesque church with a simple, plain façade. Other houses, some in the Renaissance style (once owned by local nobles, gentry and wealthy merchants) face into the piazza. Off the main piazza smaller streets give way to public gardens fronted by the other houses and small businesses of the town. In more hostile times, these gardens provided vital sustenance when enemies gathered without. The town is architecturally and culturally significant; it hosts several piazzas, and is referenced in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, as well as a playable locale in Ubisoft's video game installments Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monteriggioni

Credit:

Select Image Size
Square 75X75 View Download
Large Square 150X150 View Download
Thumbnail 100X69 View Download
Small 240X165 View Download
Small 320 320X221 View Download
Small 400 400X276 View Download
Medium 500X345 View Download
Medium 640 640X441 View Download
Medium 800 800X551 View Download
Large 1024X706 View Download
Large 1600 1600X1103 View Download
Large 2048 2048X1412 View Download
Original 5014X3456 View Download