The historic centre is home to the Collegiate Church of San Giovanni Evangelista and the Palazzo Pretorio, along with the latter’s bell tower. The church dates to the mid-1300s and conserves important artworks, like a wooden crucifix from the 14th century, the pulpit and the baptismal font by Domenico Rosselli. The clock tower was originally part of the defense system for the second set of walls, but it was later transformed into a civic tower and equipped with a clock during the town’s period as a commune. Today, it houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the seasons and rural life, with paintings by the artist Giovanni Aiello and tools for working in the fields.
Santa Maria a Monte also has two additional museums. As a tribute to the town’s patron saint, there’s the “Beata Diana Giuntini” Civic Museum, dedicated to her life. Santa Maria a Monte was also home to another important figure, who lived here in his youth: the poet Giosuè Carducci. Today, the house he lived in with his family has been turned into a museum, made even more interesting thanks to works by the artist Antonio Possenti, which provide a pictorial portrait of the poet, depicting his most beautiful poems.