Italy

Monteriggioni – Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Moteriggioni Siena Tuscany ItalyThe countryside stretching from Florence to Siena is varied, with rolling hills giving way to valleys. This is Chanti, an area known in the World for its wine, landscape and art treasures.

però che, come su la cerchia tonda
Montereggion di torri si corona,
così la proda che ‘l pozzo circonda
torreggiavan di mezza la persona
li orribili giganti, cui minaccia
Giove del cielo ancora quando tuona

Dante Alighieri “Divine Comedy”

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hill. In the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification. The roughly circular walls, totalling a length of about 570 metres incorporate 14 towers on square bases set at equidistance and two portals or gates. The main piazza, the Piazza Roma, is dominated by a church with a simple, plain facade.

How to reach Monteriggioni: From Siena take direction Florence and after 12 Km find the sign for Monteriggioni

Distances: Siena 15 Km – Florence 50 Km – Pisa 95 Km – Arezzo 80 Km

Festivals: The Mediaeval Festival – first weekend of July

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Moteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciana Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni Sciena Tuscany Italy

The story of Capitan Giovannino Zeti

During yet another battle between the provinces at Monteriggioni castle, the Florentines fired cannons which hit a central well and severely damaged the water supplies within the castle.

Capatin Zeti felt torn as he knew no battle could be won when their defences were jeopardised and water was in low stock. His men had vowed to fight to their death in defence of their precious castle but he wasn’t prepared to meet such a fate himself.

He slipped out in disguise that night and headed towards the resting Florentine army camp outside the castle walls to negotiate with their leader. They agreed to give him back his Florentine citizenship and the properties that had been taken from him years ago when he had switched sides if he led some of the army into the castle to attack from the inside. Zeti approved of this plan and led some of the armed troops inside and there they seized control and forced the Sienese army to surrender.

But Captain Zeti was soon to be tormented by his betrayal and was disowned by Siena in disgust; they hated him passionately and wished him dead. He lived the rest of his days haunted by his greedy and cowardly behaviour.

Over the centuries, many people have reported sightings of the ghost of Captain Zeti, crying out his pleas for compassion and understanding of his decision to give Florence control of Monteriggioni castle. His actions seemed to have doomed him forever as he wanders the lands rejected and alone.

 

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Private fears in public places – Coeurs

private fears in public placesDirected by Alain Resnais, staring Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Carré, Lambert Wilson and Laura Morante.

I watched it because of Isabelle Carre after seing her in Romantics Anonymous. I have to say I liked that romantic comedy far better than Coeurs. For one thing I didn’t really get into the movie on the second I still don’t really know what the author wanted to say.coeurs

If you ask me it’s a movie about lonelines and people hidden faces. Quite sad. The only thing I really like about it is the snow present almost in every scene. It makes the movie magical.

Women without men – Zanan-e bedun-e mardan

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Starring: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni and Arita Shahrzad

“Women without Men” is the feature debut by Shirin Neshat, filmed on the basis of a prohibited in Iran Shahrnoush Parsipour novel of the same title. The film addresses the problem of Iranian women of different shades of femininity, but not seen from the perspective of local but external – through the eyes of living abroad for many years feminizing Iranian multimedia artist.

You can admire the artistic elements of Iranian architecture and culture, and the charming beauty of feminine attire. Brilliant shots, striking composition, climate bordering on reality and dream.

Because of the many controversies that arouse in Iran Shahrnoush Parsipour Shirin Neshat and the film formation was not possible in their homeland. So was shot in Casablanca, where they found not only reminiscent of Tehran city landscapes and and magnificent images of nature.

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Le herisson (The hedgehog)

Just finished watching The Hedgehog. Directed by Mona Achache starring Josiane Balasco, Garance Le Guillermic and Togo Igawa.

Charming, memorable, simply French! Way better than Amelia if you ask me.

The film is based on the novel by Muriel Barbery and is set in contemporary Paris, in one of the exclusive local houses. Do such a 11 year olds egsist? Paloma is not only intelligent but also sensitive and artistically gifted. At the age of 11 is a walking essence of French femininity and this pinch of magic. Enjoy.

Great part of Togo Igawa. Perfect gentelman.