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  Welcoming the Sienese.
by baronedivandastad

Porta romea was built in the year 1213, as the rest of the walls. It is the gateway to Siena along the old Via Francigena, or the road to France, along which the village was built already in Roman times.

It was the Sienese, however, who transformed the village into a fortified castle, due to its strategic position on the way to Florence. No wonder that the gate towards Siena looks much more majestic that its northern counterpart.

The gate carries a stone inscription commemorating the building of the walls between 1213 and 1219 (see my other tip), and is likely to be your gateway to the castle nowadays since the parking places are located just outside.

From inside, the view is excellent over the smooth landscape of the Sienese hills.

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  • Written Jul 30, 2005
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