Montemurato ("walled mountain"[1]) is an independent city-state located in northeastern Talia, close to Bellezza and Padavia (Italy's Venice and Padua respectively). Montemurato is known as the "City of Towers" and is fortified by twelve watchtowers.[2] It is the setting of the short story A Talian Tale.

The city is the Talian equivalent of Monteriggioni, which is geographically located near Siena (the Italian counterpart of Remora) in Italy. It is ruled by an elected governor, currently Messer Giorgio[3].

Notable SightsEdit

Montemurato is famous for the twelve watchtowers that encircle and dominate most of the city. The towers are occupied by guards, who watch for visitors entering the city and issue passes to travellers. The streets are cobbled and most of the houses are tall and crooked.[2]

Many houses in Montemurato have "doors of death," which are doors above a house's main door that were installed to facilitate carrying coffins out of the house. The doors are about three feet square and were installed around twenty-years earlier, when the Great Plague swept through Montemurato in 1552.[2]

The city also has an ancient university[3], a museum, many churches, and a small observatory at the top of one of the towers[2].

Industry and FestivitiesEdit

Festa delle strega

Festa della Strega

Montemurato is known for its studies in astrology, so its industries include producing equipment such telescopes, astrolabes, and armillary spheres.[3]

The city's main festival is the Festa delle Strega where they burn stuffed "witches" (or strega, which is the Talian word for witch) on bonfires and drink strega, an alchoholic drink[2]. The festival's origins are based on a folk tale involving a witch who cursed Montemurato to burn until the witch herself was consumed after being defeated by the princess of Montemurato. To save the city, an effigy in the witch's image was burned and the people celebrated by consuming "strega", a newly invented beverage.

Notable PeopleEdit

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. City of Masks
    "Montemurato," said Rodolfo, reining the steaming horse in to a walk. "The walled mountain."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 City of Masks
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Guide to Talia
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Talian Tale

Locations in Talia
Independent City-States
Bellezza · Padavia · Classe · Montemurato · Romula · Cittanuova
Di Chimici City-States
Giglia · Remora · Fortezza · Bellona · Volana · Moresco
Other Locations
Burlesca · Torrone · Merlino · Santa Fina · Belle Vigne · Saint-Mary-among-the-Vines