The building, located on top of a rise overlooking the Clitunno, has the shape of an "in antis" temple with four columns (flanked by two square pillars at either side with two leaf columns at the centre) at its front, over which is a tympanum. The temple was reached via two side stairways which ended under two small prothyra. The frieze on the façade carries an inscription dedicated to the God of Angels, whilst the two side ones, now lost, recall the God of Prophets and Apostles; the pediments, both the front one and the back one, are adorned with a monogrammed cross between vines and bunches of grapes. Inside the temple is an apsidiole over which is an arch pediment: there are elegant decorations on the cornices and the rear apse, whilst the remains of a fresco from the 8th century, with the Redeemer between Saints Peter and Paul, angels and crux gemmata (jewelled cross) are also of great interest.
The Tempietto sul Clitunno became famous in Renaissance times, when it inspired artists like Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Benozzo Gozzoli, Palladio and Vanvitelli and was later cited by Lord Byron in his work Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
Tuesday - Saturday: 8.15 am - 7.15 pm (last entrance)
Sunday: 2.15 pm - 7.15 pm
Monday 14th August: open