Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio)
One of the most striking churches in the Val d’Orcia, the stately Tempio di San Biagio is built in a Greek cross plan and houses the 14th-century fresco of the Enthroned Madonna and Child, or the Madonna of San Biagio, which is said to have miraculous powers. 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. Purchase tickets to visit the interior of the church in advance, or take in the church as part of a wine country tour from Florence or a Vespa or e-bike tour and wine tasting from Pienza to pair your cultural experience with exploring the area’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines.
Things to know before you go
- The Temple of San Biagio surrounded by the Val d'Orcia is truly picturesque, so don’t forget your camera.
- Renaissance architecture enthusiasts will especially enjoy visiting this magnificent church.
- Some of Italy’s most prestigious wines are produced in the area surrounding Montepulciano, so wine lovers can pair a visit to the church with a tasting.
- Be sure to wear clothing covering the shoulders and knees to enter the church.
- The church is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to get there
The Temple of San Biagio (Tempio di San Biagio) is located just below the town of Montepulciano in the heart of the Val d'Orcia. You can reach the church by car, or join a bike, Vespa, or driving tour with transportation included.
When to get there
The church is open year-round but is particularly picturesque in the fall when the surrounding vineyards start turning a deep red. Photographers will want to capture the golden light of dusk as it hits the church.
The Val d’Orcia
The softly rolling hills crossed by cypress-lined country roads and dotted with medieval hill towns of the Val d'Orcia is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main towns include Pienza, Montalcino, and Montepulciano, and the area is also home to some of Italy’s most prestigious wines.