“Bravio delle Botti" - Sunday August 26
The Bravio delle Botti takes place on the last Sunday of August along the main alleys of the town centre of Montepulciano. It is an original challenge between the eight Contradas that compete for a painted cloth banner. The two athletes, called Spingitori, roll 80 kilos barrels in a uphill race for about 1800 metres along the main street of the town through the historical centre, until they reach the churchyard of the Duomo in Piazza Grande.
The Bravio is disputed on Sunday August 26. The suggestive ceremonies are carried out from 9.00 in the morning in Piazza Grande, the main square in Montepulciano. First the draw for the departure line, then the branding of the barrels, flag juggling, the consignment of the “Panno del Bravio” on behalf of the Council to the Magistrate of the Contradas, and the offering of the votive candles to San Giovanni Decollato in the cathedral.