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Santa Maria a Monte

The Carducci Museum-Home in San Maria a Monte

Visit the house the Carducci family lived in

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Santa Maria a Monte

The museum is located near the home the Carducci family lived in from 1856 to 1858. The poet’s greatest family tragedy occurred in this house: the death of his second son, Dante, who died of unknown and mysterious causes. The poet’s father also died a few months later, and is buried, along with Dante Carducci, in the old cemetery of the town (today called, Campo della Rimembranza). Carducci remembers the tragedy in the famous verses: “You who sleeps in the flowering Tuscan hills and next to you is father” (“in Italian: “O tu che dormi là sulla fiorita collina tosca e ti sta il padre a canto”).

The city has organized a guided tour of the places in which the Carducci family lived. The tour also recounts the socio-cultural context in which the poet lived through photographs, reproductions of documents, books and other figurative material.The museum also features a permanent exhibition by maestro Possenti (26 paintings and designs). Possenti’s artwork, Il Tenero Gigante, is inspired by Giosuè Carducci’s life and work.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday afternoon, from 3:30pm-7pm; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning, from 10am-1pm.
Saturday and Sunday afternoons, by appointment only (reservations to be made the Thursday prior to visits). Closed Monday.

Price: 3 euro full; reduced 2 euro (groups of 5 or less)

Disabled access: Yes

Santa Maria a Monte
In this enchanting medieval village the poet Giosuè Carducci spent his youth
Santa Maria a Monte is an enchanting village in the hills of the Cerbaie and Arno areas. Its ancient centre is among the most interesting examples of Tuscan medieval village, with a typical egg-shaped structure placed on a single main road. ...