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Monteriggioni • Siena

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Monteriggioni, near Siena, is on a small hill and is a completely walled medieval town. Except for some work done in the 16th century, very little work has been done to Monteriggioni's walls or buildings since they were first erected. So, Monteriggioni's walls (built between 1213 and 1219) and the inside buildings are the best preserved example of their kind in Italy, so it is not surprising that it attracts a lot of tourists, architects and archaeologists. The circular walls, an elliptic shape, have a total length of about 570 meters and 2 metres thick and follow the natural contours of the hill. There are 14 towers on square bases, and 2 entrances to the Castle: the east entrance overlooking Siena - called “Porta Franca” and the west one overlooking Florence, diametrically opposite the first and known as “Porta di San Giovanni”

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