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August: Horse and barrel racing in Tuscany

8th August 2011 Print
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Two very different racing festivals take place in Tuscany this August. One features horses, the other barrels!

16th August in Siena, the popular Palio Horse Race

The day of the Palio is very busy, and so  for best viewing it is advised  to start early and spend the whole day in the square to wait for the Palio. The race takes place around 7pm although the preparations, which start 3 days before the Palio and the celebrations that continue the dar after areboth  great events to watch. The pre race trials take place from Thursday 13th August at 9am and 7pm.

Last Sunday in August in Montepulciano (about 1hr drive south of Siena) the annual festival, Bravio delle Botti, a barrel-rolling race competition at around 7pm, between the 8 quarters of Montepulciano.  It consists in pushing a wine barrel of 85 kg across the narrow streets of the historic city. The festival opens with an historical parade at 3pm with more than 200 people wearing 14th Century costumes. Each quarter is represented by drummers, flag-wavers, captains, soldiers and a magistrate. Montepulciano is a really beautiful town to visit too!

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