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Sunday, 26 September is the date set for the 47th edition of the Palio dei Carretti, the cart race held in Valiano, a small hamlet in the heart of Montepulciano. The carts are made of wooden planks and have ball bearing wheels. One needs to be quite skilled and reckless to drive these carts down the slope that leads from the centre of the hamlet to the Canale della Chiana.
The actual race is preceded by two days of events. The programme is as follows:
Friday, 24 September
9:30 pm – Offering of candles to the Church of San Lorenzo Martire in Valiano
10:00 pm – Presentation of the “Panno” (banner awarded to the winner)
10:30 pm – Weighing and checking of the carts and presentation of the drivers
Saturday, 25 September
8:30 pm – Contrada dinner at the car park adjacent to the Parish Hall
Sunday, 26 September
..3:30 pm – Performance by the Contrada Flag Wavers
4:30 pm – 47th edition of the Palio dei Carretti
6:30 pm – Awarding of the Panno to the winning Contrada
The programme may vary to ensure compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures, as limitations or changes may be required, including the cancellation of some events.