Walkways and Monteggironi in Arme Museum
Inside the Monteriggioni castle, a small fortress built by the Sienese at the beginning of the 13th century, it is possible to visit the circuit that includes the walkways on the walls and the “Monteriggioni in Arme” Museum. The walkways on the walls were built in the early 2000s and consist of two distinct walkways of different lengths, located near the gates of the village. The routes ideally re-propose a medieval patrol path, which may have existed in the past also in Monteriggioni.
From the two walkways it is possible to observe the castle from a privileged position, but also enjoy a breathtaking view, which ranges from the Chianti hills to the Montagnola woods, up to the towers of San Gimignano in the distance. The “Monteriggioni in Arme” Museum, with access from Piazza Roma 23, is an educational itinerary divided into four rooms, which retraces the period in which Monteriggioni served as a military outpost of the Republic of Siena.
Each room, dedicated to a different century between the 13th and 16th, bears reproductions of weapons and armor presumably in vogue in the area and bilingual panels illustrating the local history and the siege and defense techniques of a medieval castle. The exhibited pieces have been made respecting ancient techniques, referring to original elements if they exist and to contemporary representations of soldiers and battle scenes. Particularly appreciated is the possibility of handling and wearing some parts of armor, which offers the public a direct interaction with the exhibition, making it an active part of the educational path (at the moment this activity is suspended due to the health emergency).