Beneath Montepulciano lies a beautiful Renaissance church, San Biagio. Unfortunately, you can’t go inside because it is closed for restoration, but we did hike down to it. It’s architecture, symmetry, and dome inspired Bramante, and he incorporated some of its elements in his design of St. Peter’s. Over the entrance, translated from Latin: With money flowing in from everywhere, this was erected. It’s great having Richard around for translation services. On the way up we went past two contrade with their flags out.