Montepulciano is famous not just for its beauty and its great wine, but for Roberto Bellarmino as well. He was a Vatican flunkey, a theologian , friend to half a dozen popes, and for Pope Paul V, the Cardinal Inquisitor. He concurred in the condemnation of Giordano Bruno in 1599, and signed the order for his being burned at the stake.
In 1616 he informed Galeleo that he could not defend Copernicus or Copernican theory. The Catholic Church knew that the earth was the center of the universe. Galeleo was advised the "remain silent" in order to remain free.
Eventually Galeleo began to argue again, having done his own research with his neew telescope. Cardinal Bellarmino had died by the time Galeleo was brough to trial in 1633, and required to submit to the the Catholic Church's ignorant version of the truth.
Roberto Bellarmino was declared a Doctor of the Church, and canonised as St. Roberto Bellarmino in 1930.
Fortunately for Montepulciano, he is buried in Rome. Unfortunately for St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who was Bellarmino's "favorite" and died at the age of twenty-one, Bellarmino is buried next to him. We are told thst it was long Bellarmino's great wish.