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Medieval Festival Monteriggioni 2022

One of the oldest medieval festivals in Italy with dances, music, and traditional crafts


Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin
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The Medieval Festival, known as Monteriggioni Festa Medievale in Italian, takes place in the beautiful castle-town of Monteriggioni, located near Siena, in the region of Tuscany, about an hour drive from Florence. It became famous thanks to Dante’s quote where he admired its walls crowned by the towers. The festival takes place over two weekends in July, filling the inner space of the castle with interesting medieval folks: artisans, knights, nobles, commoners, and soldiers.

Visitors get a chance to play medieval games, watch artisans at work and try something for themselves, and attend colourful costumed parades with knights, warriors, and elegant dames. Most of the activities and events happen at the Monteriggioni Di Torri Si Corona.

Every night there are street shows, dancing, and fireworks. The festival works with historians to make sure that all details and costumes reflect the Medieval period. Monteriggioni Festival features live performances, dances, music, performances and a medieval feast with traditional delicacies of the region.

Banchetto al Castello (Banquet at the Castle) is a perfect start to the Medieval festival of Monteriggioni, set in one of Italy's most beautiful spaces. Piazza Roma, the main square of the castle, creates an unforgettable atmosphere for the event. The food reflects the history of the castle and is prepared according to traditions of that time.

The circular Monteriggioni castle is one of the most scenic and best preserved in Tuscany. It was erected in the 1200s, as a defensive fortress with 14 towers providing a good outlook for the approaching hostile troops. Monteriggioni Medieval Festival will give visitors a chance to feel what life was like in Medieval Tuscany, but with some advantages of civilization like electricity and plumbing.

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