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A medieval festival for one of Tuscany’s most picturesque villages. Games, shows and medieval trades are devotedly reconstructed with great historical accuracy

Bows and crossbows, ladies and knights, artisans and blacksmiths A true medieval atmosphere is brought back to life this year in the “Monteriggioni di torri si corona” (“Monteriggioni crowed with towers”) festival. For the last two weekends of July (the 18-20 and 25-27), this small village near Siena is turning back the centuries, featuring attractions, shows, costumed characters and artisan workshops along its streets, jugglers, musicians, acrobats, sword swallowers and storytellers.

The festival pays close attention to historical reconstruction, dividing the village into “time bubbles”, letting visitors make a fascinating discovery of the life of a Lombard village, a town in the era of medieval communes, and the fencing tournaments of a mercenary army.

Be ready to exchange your money before you enter. Inside the old walls, only an ancient currency called “grosso” will work to buy the delicious, exclusively medieval food, games and handicrafts. If you’ve ever fantasized about getting lost in a medieval village like Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi in the famous Italian movie “Non ci resta che piangere”, hop over to Monteriggioni.

Once there, let the flavors of Tuscany win you over. According to TripAdviser’s users, “Solo per passione”, “Il Ceppo” and the “Il Ciliegio” farm are the best osterie in the area. Traditional fare washed down with some Chianti dei Colli Senesi or Vernaccia will fill the happy bellies of wayfarers after a day well spent at the medieval festival.