1 EAGLETON NOTES: Monterigionni

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Monterigionni

Yesterday (Wednesday 12 September) we went to the little walled town of Monterigionni.  I've been before but, unlike the other places I've been I couldn't remember the town inside the walls.  Unfortunately the weather overall, though very hot, didn't lend itself to a distant view and this was the best I could do although there are three stunning photos, including an aerial photo here.


Dante (Dante Alighieri was a Tuscan) used the turrets of Monteriggioni to evoke the sight of the ring of giants encircling the Infernal abyss:
As with circling round
Of turrets, Monteriggioni crowns his walls;
E’en thus the shore, encompassing the abyss,
Was turreted with giants, half their length
Uprearing, horrible, whom Jove from heaven
Yet threatens, when his muttering thunder rolls.
Inside the walls the town was, as many of the Tuscan towns are, a tourist show place.  Living in it must be a nightmare for those not involved in the tourist industry (if there are any such residents).  

The Church was by far the plainest I have come across in Italy. 








8 comments:

  1. What a superb town.
    Is that a Christmas tree on the left inside the church.

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  2. A Christmas Tree? Says I trying to imitate Lady Bracknell. It was one of those sort of thingies for holding the holy tea lights.

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  3. Looks like a lovely little town - and, judging by your photos, at least less crowded than Florence ;) ... I'm puzzled how I managed to miss this post last week. I could have sworn it did not turn up in my computer until just now...?!

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    1. It was very pleasant and not at all crowded Monica.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the gentle, solid, simplicity.

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    1. That really sums it up Katherine.

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  5. My new perfect place! And those mopeds! Oh! Sex on wheels!

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    1. Hmmm. The place was a real joy. Perhaps I wouldn't have quite described the Vespas like that. Mind you.......

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