27 Jun 2016

Monteriggioni

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Monteriggioni
Medieval walled town of Monteriggioni, Siena, Tuscany

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.”

As, with circling turrets
Monteriggioni crowns its walls,
Just so, the shore encircling the abyss,
Was turreted, with half their length,
By horrible giants, whom Jove threatens
when he thunders.

-— Dante Alighieri, Inferno Canto XXXI, lines 40-45.

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