Il Bravìo delle Botti of Montepulciano

Every year, in an atmosphere full of charm and magic, an arduous uphill race takes place in Montepulciano: a barrel race called il Bravìo.

Il Bravìo delle Botti is a competition between the eight districts: Cagnano, Collazzi, Le Coste, Gracciano, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa and Voltaia, which are located along the historical city centre. The districts fight over a painted cloth (il panno), by rolling wine barrels each weighing about 80 kg along an uphill path of over one chilometer in length. The barrels are pushed by two athletic "pushers", while the route of the race unfolds along the picturesque streets of the historical city centre, until the finish line, located in the cathedral square in Piazza Grande.

"I wish there was no going back, I wish it did not happen as in cities, which do not know each other from door to door"

Don Marcello DEL BALIO - Father of the event

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