“Monteriggioni is crowned with towers” is how Dante Alighieri in Divine Comedy immortalized this Tuscan village in the heart of the Val d’Elsa. But it’s equally renowned for its July festival. For more than a quarter century, this magical, turreted village has returned to its medieval past during the summer, giving locals and tourists a one-of-a-kind experience. Before entering the town’s walls, participants must strip away every last vestige of contemporary life. The euro becomes the grosso, the ancient currency of the Republic of Siena. Every weekend during the month of July, Monteriggioni turns back the calendar to the period spanning the 13th and 14th centuries. Everyday life is a series of castle feasts, duels, weddings of lords and ladies, and jesters cavorting about.