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Monteriggioni, Toscana A beautiful hill town in the Tuscany

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The following is from Wikipedia

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by theSienesein 1214–19 as a front line in their wars againstFlorence,[3]by assuming command of theVia Cassiarunning through the Val d'Elsa and Val Staggia to the west.

During the conflicts between Siena and Florence in the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification. It also withstood many attacks from both the Florentines and the forces of theBishop of Volterra. In 1554 the Sienese were able to place control of the town's garrison to Giovannino Zeti, who had been exiled from Florence. In 1554, in an act of reconciliation with theMedicis, Zeti simply handed the keys of the town over to the Medicean forces - considered a "great betrayal" by the town's people.[2]

Greg Speck 2016