Every year in Montepulciano, a lot of people have a great celebration. We’re talking about a barrel race named “Il Bravìo”, which take place in a charming and magical medieval atmosphere.
The eight districts of the town: Cagnano, Collazzi, Le Coste, Gracciano, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa and Voltaia, located along the historical city centre, fight to conquer the moral supremacy of the city and a painted cloth – namely “Il Panno”.
Two athletes known as “pushers” rolling empty wine barrels, weighing about 80 kg each, along an uphill path for over one kilometer, along the picturesque streets of Montepulciano’s historical city centre, ending in the main Cathedral square “Piazza Grande”.
But there is a “Panno” that had no winner and never will. Covid-19 has cleared the 2020 race, but the painted cloth was made the same by Daniele Brizzi.
The Municipality of Montepulciano and the Magistrato delle Contrade (organizers of the Bravìo) have symbolically donated it to the entire community.
A wooden case will keep it in the hall of the Town Hall and will be visible to the public. And it will continue to arouse the strong emotions that the race of the Bravìo brings with it.