|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.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
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:
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.