Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio) Tours

Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio)
Just outside the old city wall of Montepulciano, on a Tuscan hill surrounded by trees, is the stately Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio), a 16th-century Renaissance church. Admired for its beauty, the church's picturesque, cream-colored travertine exterior gives way to an elegant and airy interior, with pastel-colored walls and a legendary, 14th-century fresco, said to have been the site of a miracle when the Madonna in the painting was witnessed moving her eyes in the 16th century. The church was then rebuilt in Renaissance Greek style.

For many, the main appeal of the Temple of San Biagio is the view of the church from afar, when its marble facade catches the sunlight, setting the church aglow amid the surrounding forests and fields. For others, the view is even better with wine. Visit the church on a full-day, wine country tour from Florence, to pair your cultural experience with included wine-tastings and lunch.

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The church is located outside Montepulciano’s city walls. It is within walking distance, though a hefty return walk uphill inspires many to drive, instead. Parking is available on site. The church is open every day from 9am to 12:30pm and from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
Address: Via di S. Biagio 14, Montepulciano, Tuscany 53045, Italy
Hours: 9am–12:30pm & 3:30pm–7:30pm daily
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The Temple of San Biagio was built by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, illustrious architect from Florence, between 1518 and 1545. Located in the middle of a sprawling meadow outside the town, the church is considered a masterpiece of 16th century Tuscan Renaissance architecture. The Church of the Madonna di San Biagio, with a Greek cross plan, central dome and semicircular apse, is flanked by two bell towers, of which only the one on the left was completed accomplished. It is entirely covered in travertine stone.Inside, the only wall with numerous decorative elements is the one corresponding to the main altar where there is a large marble dossal at the centre of which a fresco depicting the Madonna and Child and St. Francis is inserted.In front of the church is the harmonious building of the rectory, with two beautiful loggias, executed around the 1550.
  • Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
  • Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
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