Monteriggioni Castle in Northern ItalyThe Castle: Monteriggioni
Location: Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy

My expectation of visiting a castle was guardsmen at the gates, statuesque horses, kings with crowns and of course a moat. Sort of like how I felt seeing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Sort of. But, not quite. Maybe I have seen too many fairytales or may I was just visiting a few hundred years too late.

Monteriggioni in Northern Italy is quite the spectacle even sans the symbolic “royalty” sightings.

We had rented a car and were leisurely driving through the Northern Italy countryside when we stumbled upon Monteriggioni. This day the castle was mostly filled with school children on a field trip. Those were some very lucky kids. I can only remember going to the local zoo for my elementary outings. Never visiting an Italian castle.
Annette White at Monteriggioni CastleMonteriggioni Castle in Northern ItalyMonteriggioni Castle has turned into most of a tourist attraction than anything else. With its cafe, souvenir shop and leather shoe store it’s hard to picture the majestic happenings of it’s prior usage.

Though I have checked off this goal on my bucket list, I still want to go to a castle that has a moat (& maybe a princess)!

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