Project Description

Santa Maria a Monte

Tour Details



Santa Maria a Monte is a small village a few km from Pisa characterized by a curious spiral shape. Developed around an ancient parish, the village was fortified with four walls to protect it from the constant attacks of the republics of Pisa, Lucca and Florence.

The tour moves through the medieval alleys and mysterious dungeons, passing by the ancient palace of the Podestà, the clock tower, from which you can enjoy a view of the entire Val D’Arno (the Arno river valley), up to the ancient fourteenth-century fortress, where once stood the high medieval church.

The small village was the birthplace of Vincenzo Galilei, father of the great Pisan scientist Galileo, hosted the Carducci family (today their house museum is home to the collection of Antonio Possenti), and attracted the attention of Leonardo from Vinci and others.

The Collegiata church, a jewel of art and history, preserves the body of Blessed Diana Giuntini, patron saint of Santa Maria a Monte, for which every Easter Monday the town organizes the characteristic Feast of the Baskets.

The tour can also be played in theatrical form, accompanied by the Nobel Prize Winner Giosuè Carducci, or by the medieval Captain Castruccio Castracani, by Leonardo himself, or the enigmatic Mona Lisa.

The tour can be accompanied by a tasty taste of homemade gelato.

Tour Category

Walking tour

Theatre Tour


Art, history, culture, theater

What is a theatre tour?

It is a guided tour, often with a specific topic, where we can meet a historical character relevant to the tour, we will listen to his or her story, and maybe to some readings too.

There are two types of theatre tour:

  1. A guided tour led by a licensed tour guide + 1 or more actors who we meet on the tour.
  2. A guided tour conducted entirely by a Guide/Actor (Galileo Galilei, Mary Shelley…).

Theatre tours can be arranged according to your desires: tell us a historical period and a character connected to Pisa of your choice, and we will create a new tour together.

Useful Info

The visit to the medieval dungeons must be booked in advance

Opening hours

Opening hours: Variable, the openings of the museum sites are to be agreed at the time of booking

Tasting fee: up to 5€


  • Groups up to 10 people: € 140,00
  • Groups from 11 to 25 people: € 130,00 + € 2,00 each additional person
  • For groups over 40 people we recommend requesting a second guide.
  • Theatre tour: starting from € 150,00

The theatrical visit can be conducted in several ways, or types: contact us for an ad hoc quote!

Ancillary Costs

Gelato tasting fee: up to €5 each person


Payment: directly to the guide or advanced by bank transfer following invoice. ** In case of payment by bank transfers from countries outside of the European Community, the bank charges will also be added to the invoice.

Cancellation Policy: In case of cancellation within 48 hours before the service or a no-show, the basic rate for groups up to 25 people will be applied.


  • Double language supplement: € 40,00
  • Evening supplement (after 8 p.m.): € 40,00
  • Extra hour (duration of one HD guided tour is up to 3 hours): € 50,00


  • Guide tours exempt form VAT (Art. 10, n. 22, Decree 633/72)
  • Tickets or paid entrances are not included in the fee
  • For groups of over 15 people, we suggest booking for headset support (we can do it for you)
  • The ‘Half-Day guided tour’ lasts up to three non-divisible hours


In case of delay, the tour leader is required to notify us; otherwise, if the group doesn’t arrive within one hour, the tour will be considered a no-show.

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