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Santa Maria a Monte is a comune in the Province of Pisa in the Italianmarker region of Tuscany. The town lies about 45 km west of Florencemarker and about 25 km east of Pisamarker.

History

Famous for its military strategic importance (the hilly position made it more defendable against enemy attacks), Santa Maria a Monte has always been disputed between several Tuscan cities. As a matter of fact, Santa Maria a Monte passed from the influence of Luccamarker under the influence of Florencemarker and, in the end, it became part of the Pisamarker territory.A famous landmark is Casa Carducci, where it's told that the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci spent his childhood.

Villages

Cappelletto is a rural village of about 100 inhabitants, which is rapidly increasing. Cappelletto lies in the countryside near a woodland.

The village and località of Falorni has about 120 inhabitants (2005) and is situated about 80 meters above the sea level. Around Falorni there is a large portion of woods and cultivated areas, especially with olives. The place is situated in the low woody hills called Cerbaie. The only business situated in the village is a restaurant.

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