Summer in Montepulciano. The Traditional Event “Bravio delle Botti”

On Sunday August, 26th, the traditional event “Bravio delle Botti” will take place in the beautiful, old town of Montepulciano (Tuscany).

It is a challenge among the eight district of Montepulciano: Cagnano, Collazzi, Coste, Gracciano, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa and Voltaia.

They compete for a painted cloth and have to roll barrels 80 kilos weigh along a 1,800 m long path leading uphill.

The word “Bravio” derives from the vulgar “Bravium” and is just the painted cloth on which the iconographic image of the patron Saint of Montepulciano – St. Giovanni Decollato – is drawn.

As reported in the Municipal Statute of 1372, the cloth (Bravio) should be scarlet and would have a value of thirty gold florins at least.

The barrels of each district are driven by two men called “spingitori” who have to walk the path crossing the historical centre of the city until the arrival, which is located in the courtyard of the Cathedral in Piazza Grande.

On Sunday morning, before the competition begins, the inhabitants of Montepulciano will celebrate some important ceremonies.

In the afternoon, there will be the colourful historical procession, counting more than 300 participants, while the barrels competition will be held in the evening.

The “Bravio delle Botti” is a very charming folkloristic feast and it could also be an opportunity to visit Montepulciano, which is a town near Siena in Tuscany.

Montepulciano is rich in history and full of medieval and Renaissance monuments.

Besides history, Montepulciano also offers the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of the most known and appreciated red wine in Italy produced in the vineyards around the town. If you have time, enjoy your relax at the spa, famous for its therapeutic water.

Further information about Montepulciano are available on our travel guide About Siena.

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