The Altana, also called Belvedere, is a loggia placed in the highest part of this charming villa, from which one enjoys a full panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The 360 ° view stirs emotions in every season of the year. From this position we can see the the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, Volterra with its Renaissance profile surrounded by golden cliffs and the sea. The villa’s main façade has nice columns flanking the entrance door with coat of arms of the family that built this complex in the second half of the XVIII century. The large 40 sqm entrance hall flanked by two large columns has a height of 3.50 ml and is connected to the right to the big living room through a double opening, to the left with a hallway with external access that connects to the kitchen and the dining room. Next to the bathroom we can see the staircase leading to the first floor where we find living room with wrought iron terrace, study , double bedroom with two windows facing south and west and exclusive bathroom. Here we have also a second bedroom, library or third bedroom. On the top floor there is a large room of 22 sqm and a height of 3.30 ml, two large closets, two storage rooms, a small bathroom with dressing room and access to the terrace of 7.28 square meters on the roof.
The villa enjoys a surface of 566 square meters, while the nearby annex and farmer’s house has a surface of 287 square meters. There is also a barn of 145 square meters, and winter garden of 21 sqm: The complex is surrounded by a garden of 4,369 square meters and land of 38,000 square meters.
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 Lucca under the influence of Florence and, in the end, it became part of the Pisa territory. A famous landmark is Casa Carducci, where the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci is said to have spent his childhood. wikipedia