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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. Undoubtedly, it is not a single work of art that makes Santa Maria a Monte an interesting destination: it is the entirety of its historical centre that is fascinating overall, offering a real doorway to the past. In Santa Maria a Monte is Casa Carducci, where the poet Giosuè Carducci spent his youth, as his father was the town’s doctor. The Collegiate of St. John the Evangelist, dating back to the 15th century, and the Municipal Palazzo, overshadowed by the beautiful Clock Tower, are all worth a visit.
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