Bravìo delle Botti 2017

Every year, on the last Sunday in August, the eight “contrade” (districts) of Montepulciano challenge each other to a breath-taking race, as physically devastating as it is exciting for everyone, the people of the contrade and tourists alike. The race consists in pushing barrels weighing 80 kg, rolling them along a course, almost all uphill, measuring 1,650 metres long, through Montepulciano Old Town. The “spingitori” – as the athletes who push the barrels are called – two for each contrada, train hard for months and months, because the contest requires considerable athletic ability and strength. This race is run at an explosive pace and lasts just a few minutes, while the rivalry between the contrade is felt all year round; as was undoubtedly the case in medieval times, when the contrade first began challenging each other to win the “panno” (banner). The race is preceded by an atmospheric historical parade featuring over two hundred participants in costume, who perform flag throwing displays, play drums and present scenes of life from days gone by as they parade. The week leading up to the race is full of appointments characterised by antique charm, such as the proclamation of the Gonfaloniere, the “Corteo dei Ceri” parade and the trials of the barrel-pushers, which take place at night. Every evening the contrade stay open ready to welcome visitors in an atmosphere of festive anticipation, offering local dishes, celebrations and music.

Please note that from Sunday, 20th to Friday, 25th August, the “barrel-pushers” will begin their night rehearsals at 9:00 p.m., starting from the Colonna del Marzocco and covering the entire route.

Every night, dinner and entertainment in the contrade.

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Montepulciano, Fortezza and Giardino di Poggiofanti  - 14 May - 17 September 2017

The exhibition entitled “Leonardo da Vinci: Visions” is split into two areas: the Fortezza venue features reproductions of Leonardo’s machines, while the “Giardino di Poggiofanti” garden is the setting for an extraordinary full-size reconstruction of the Equestrian Monument in memory of Francesco Sforza. This reconstruction of the giant horse, over seven metres tall, is characterised by faithfulness to Leonardo’s drawings and to the casting process invented by him. Made of composite materials and featuring a steel structure, it is 7.8 m tall and has a total extension of about 10 x 4 metres, with a total weight of 20,000 kg.

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The Good Century of Sienese Painting

Major exhibition for 2017

 This grand exhibition will run from 18 March to 30 June in three extraordinarily beautiful towns in the province of Siena: Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza.

In Montepulciano, it will be hosted by the Crociani Civic Museum and Picture Gallery, in via Ricci, not far from Piazza Grande. Here, the section dedicated to the “good century of Sienese painting” is represented exclusively by Domenico Beccafumi (1486 – 1551), to whom a large canvas depicting Sant’Agnese Segni holding the town of Montepulciano in her hand, has recently been attributed, with documental proof.

Each of the three towns is going to host an exhibit dedicated to an important Sienese artist and his environment, creating an itinerary through which to explore other works, just as important as those on display but which, for various reasons, have remained in the original locations.

This solution will allow the ideal completion of the visit with the added value of visiting and discovering a splendid and magnificently conserved area of Italy. The aims of this exhibition include offering visitors the most all-encompassing view of a great century which has been somewhat forgotten.

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Wiki Loves Monuments: once again in 2017 the Municipality of Montepulciano joins this initiative that promotes Italian monuments all over the world.

WLM is a photographic contest open to all, held in the month of September. From the 1st to the 30th of September, every photographer will be able to upload pictures of Montepulciano’s monuments for free by registering on the website. Jury proceedings will take place in October 2017. The winners’ proclamation will be held between November and December. Pictures will be added to Wikipedia’s database, enriching the world’s most popular online encyclopedia. Participants can join with an unlimited number of pictures.

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Play the World is an initiative connected to the Play Film platform which allows entry into the world of film, into locations where the most important and exciting scenes of famous films have been shot. One of the locations chosen for exploration by this platform was that used for New Moon, a phenomenon of incredible proportions which drew the attention of thousands of young people from all over the world, who thronged to the town of Montepulciano, and its beautiful square, during filming. This attention continues years later, with many tourists still coming to Montepulciano in search of the key-places of this event film.

Play the World uses Google Street View technology, which makes it possible to explore the places of the film, access lots of information related to the shooting of the most important scenes, listen to the soundtracks, and discover the books that inspired the films, providing a good level of interactivity.

The platform was created in conjunction with film studios Disney, Fox, Paramount, NBC Universal, Rai, Sony Pictures, Under the Milky Way, and Warner Brothers, and with the NASA Earth Observatory and the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

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