Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Lamula

This church is hidden among the trees on the road between Arcidosso and Montelaterone. In local legend, a farmer finds his beloved mule genuflecting in front of a church. The mule left an imprint on the hardened concrete entry steps and locals renamed the church Lamula, which is dialect for donkey.

While the butterscotch facade was added in the 20th century, the original church dates back to 837. Inside is distinctly Romanesque. On either side of the altar are 12th century stone columns topped with bas-reliefs of men riding horses and wolves. The columns are said to be purposefully rough and crooked to annoy Satan, who loves neat lines.