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Via Gramsci, Monteriggioni, Siena, Tuscany. See the Workshops for aerial views of the town.

Another in my series of conversations - and two girls. I came across these two friends passing the time of day, and thought the place, which was beautiful enough, was enhanced by their casual presence.

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1214–19 as a front line in their wars against Florence. The roughly circular walls, totalling a length of about 570 metres follow the natural contours of the hill. There are 14 towers on square bases set at equidistance, and two portals or gates. 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 the Bishop of Volterra. In 1554 the Sienese placed control of the town's garrison to Giovannino Zeti, who had been exiled from Florence. In 1554, in an act of reconciliation with the Medicis of Florence, Zeti simply handed the keys of the town over to the Medicean forces - considered a "great betrayal" by the town's people. The town is architecturally and culturally significant; it contains several piazzas, is almost intact and unchanged since the 16th century, and is referenced in Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy":

"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."

These two just lived there, and probably couldn't care less about the town's history, or Dante's mythology.

Shutter speed: 1/250th sec
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Focal length: 70mm

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