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Monteriano is a fictional Tuscan hill town. It was the original title and is the principal locale of E. M. Forster's 1905 novel Where Angels Fear to Tread. The author describes the town in an incomplete faux entry to Central Italy by Baedeker as follows:— Tuscany (Italian Toscana) is a region in central Italy, bordering on Latium to the south, Umbria to the east, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria to the north, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. ... E. M. Forster Edward Morgan Forster (January 1, 1879 - June 7, 1970) was an English novelist. ... 1905 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... DVD cover for the film of Where Angels Fear to Tread. ... Karl Baedeker (not Baedecker) (3 November 1801 - 4 October 1859) was a publisher whose company set the standard for authoritative guidebooks for tourists. ...

Monteriano (pop. 4800). Hotels: Stella d'Italia, moderate only; Globo, dirty. *Caffè Garibaldi. Post and Telegraph office in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, next to theatre. Photographs at Seghena's (cheaper in Florence). Diligence (1 lira) meets principal trains.

Chief attractions (2-3 hours): Santa Deodata, Palazzo Pubblico, Sant' Agostino, Santa Caterina, Sant' Ambrogio, Palazzo Capocchi. Guide (2 lire) unnecessary. A walk round the Walls should on no account be omitted. The view from the Rocca (small gratuity) is finest at sunset.

History: Monteriano, the Mons Rianus of Antiquity, whose Ghibelline tendencies are noted by Dante (Purg. xx.), definitely emancipated itself from Poggibonsi in 1261. Hence the distich, "Poggibonizzi, faui in là, che Monteriano si fa città!" till recently enscribed over the Siena gate. It remained independent till 1530, when it was sacked by the Papal troops and became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It is now of small importance, and seat of the district prison. The inhabitants are still noted for their agreeable manners. The Guelphs and Ghibellines were factions supporting, respectively, the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire in Italy during the 12th century and 13th century. ... Dante in a fresco series of famous men by Andrea del Castagno, ca. ... This page is not about the form of limonite clay called sienna. ...

The traveller will proceed direct from the Siena gate to the Collegiate Church of Santa Deodata, and inspect (5th chapel on right) the charming *Frescoes. . . .

The location of Monteriano is not given exactly. Somewhere in the Sub-Apennines, it is about 20 miles (32 km) from Empoli, and near Siena. By inference one would travel from Monteriano on the road to Siena to reach Poggibonsi. It is perhaps near the actual town of Castel San Gimignano (43° 24′ 18″ N 11° 1′ 12″ E), although this seems unlikely due to the need for railroad access. The site of Monteriggioni (43° 23′ 23″ N 11° 13′ 28″ E) fits the description, if one assumes the inscription on the Siena gate is intended for citizens of that town to read on their way to Poggibonsi. Both sites would logically have a Volterra gate, as described. Empoli is a town in Tuscany, Italy, about 30 km southwest of Florence. ... Volterra is a town in the Tuscany region, Italy. ...

Specific details of Monteriano unfold in the course of the novel.


  Results from FactBites:
The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 22, 1999 (1215 words)
To her imagination Monteriano had become a magic city of vice, beneath whose towers no person could grow up happy or pure.
Novelist E.M. Forster imbued his character Caroline Abbott with these thoughts as she contemplates taking a child from Monteriano, his Italian birthplace, to bring him to the sedate English town of Sawston.
But their two days in Italy are not what they had planned, as they are swept away by the enchantment of their surroundings.
Monteriano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (363 words)
History: Monteriano, the Mons Rianus of Antiquity, whose Ghibelline tendencies are noted by Dante (Purg.
Hence the distich, "Poggibonizzi, faui in là, che Monteriano si fa città!
The location of Monteriano is not given exactly.
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