The Bravìo in Montepulciano. The last Sunday in August, in Montepulciano will take place the so-called barrel race, the Bravìo, a challenge among the eight districts also known as Contrade of the city. Once this challenge was competed with horses and but today with barrels. These ones, which weigh is 80 kg, are pushed and rolled by two athletes called “pushers” along a path of about 1600 meters through the streets of the old town until the arrival at the Duomo of Montepulciano in Piazza Grande.

The Bravìo

The race is preceded by an historical parade with the participation of over 200 figures that offer a unique spectacle with flag bearers and drummers.
In particular the word Bravìo comes from vulgar Bravium and stands for the prize awarded by the winner and which consists of a painted banner. Every year there is a different theme but you can always find painted the the image of the patron of Montepulciano San Giovanni Decollato. The history of the districts of Montepulciano dates back to 1373 years when the reform of the municipality charter devotes Chapter 30 at the Palio creation, in honor of Montepulciano patron. The Bravìo was disputed with horses until the 17th century before being canceled because of public policy.

Bravìo parade

The districts are described in the Statute of the City in 1337 and are: GRACCIANO, POGGIOLO, VOLTAIA, CAGNANO, LE COSTE, COLLAZZI, TALOSA and SAN DONATO and which are divided into third or terzieri:
Santa Maria: white, pink mystic emblem, composed by the districts of Cagnano, Collazzi San Donato.
St. Francis: green, a thistle emblem, composed by the districts Talosa, Le Coste and Voltaia.
St. Augustine: red crest pastoral miter, made up of the districts of Gracciano and Poggiolo.
GRACCIANO: green and black colors, crest lion dominant leader in gold.
POGGIOLO: white and blue emblem three knolls.
VOLTAIA: red and black coat of arms, stylized time on shield hooked.
CAGNANO: green and blue colors, emblem lactating bitch.
COLLAZZI: green and yellow colors, emblem orca marine ride.
THE COAST: yellow and blue emblem six bands oblique
TALOSA: yellow and red emblem three roses
SAN DONATO: red and white emblem Episcopal insignia

Montepulciano Contradas

The recent history of Bravìo instead begins in 1974 when a priest, Don Marcello del Balio, had the original idea to transform the ancient horse race with the barrel race. The idea was particularly popular also thanks to the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
And on the last Sunday of August the Bravìo takes place. In the morning at 10:00 am the first ceremonies are held in Piazza Grande with the extraction of the starting order of the barrels. In the afternoon at 15.00 starts the parade through the streets of Montepulciano. Finally at 19.00 the barrels begin to roll on the stone leaving from Marzocco’s column.

The Bravìo

The Palio

During all the week before the Sunday of the challenge, there are various appointments and events, and every night the lands remain open ready to welcome the people of Montepulciano and not only, with typical dishes, wine, and music festival.

And so.. next Sunday see you all in Montepulciano!!!

Ilaria Simi

Published by Hotel Borgo Grondaie

The protagonists of the Palio: horses and jockeys. Hello everyone from Borgo Grondaie!
The 16th of August is already gone but Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a very important event which represents the full medieval tradition: the Palio of Siena.
Last Monday the 17th the Palio has taken place in Siena. It has been postponed because of the rainy weather. As usual, the 10 contrade have challenged in the main square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, in order to win the famous and the so-called Drappellone, that is the the important painting created for this event which is the award for the competion. It’s also called Cencio by Siena people. The artist who has created the Drappellone for this Palio is a woman and her name is Elisabetta Rogai.

The Palio

The contrade that have taken part the competition are: Shell, Wave, Tower, Tortoise, Goose, She-Wolf, Porcupine. Moreover there have been 3 contrade which have been chosen by lot last 5th of July and they are: Ram, Snail and Forest.
The winner has been the Forest!!!

It’s important to remember that the Palio of Siena is not an event organized with a touristic aim but, on the contrary, it represents a fundamental aspect of Siena tradition. It has very ancient origins that date back to 1644 with the first Palio with horses, just like today. The Palio has always been going on, without interruption, with the exception of the period between the two world wars in the twentieth century.
Each district is like a small city-state, ruled by a Prior. There is also a captain assisted by two or three contradaioli (contrada supporters) called “Mangini”.

Within the territory of each district there is a church, a headquarter and a museum, in which all the memorabilia, the hangings of the Palios won, costumes, flags, documents, archives and all that concerns the life Contrada are stored.
The preparation begins officially on 13th of August, or four days before the race.
The protagonists of this event are of course the horses and jockeys. And it is why we decided to provide some more detailed information about the winners horses and jockeys since 2000.

In particular, the horses that have made the Palio history and who have raced and won were:
Berio, that has won the Palio for 4 times in August 2002, 2003, 2005 and July 2005;

Berio

Fedora Saura, winner of 3 Palios, in July 2007, July 2010 and August 2011;

Fedora Saura

Già del Menhir, that has won 2 Palios in July 2008 and July 2009;

Già del Menhir

Istriceddu, winner in August 2009 and 2010;

Istriceddu

Morosita Prima, winner in August 2013 and July 2015;

Morosita Prima

Ugo Sanchez, winner in July 2001 and 2002;

Ugo Sanchez

Zodiach, winner in August 2001 and July 2003;

Zodiach

There are also some horses winners of one Palio and they are:
Alesandra, winner in August 2004;
Brento, winner in August 2007;
Caro Amico, winner in August 2006;
Choci, winner in July 2006;
Donosu Tou, winner in July 2004
Elisir di Logudoro, winner in July 2008
Gangelies, winner in July 2000
Guess, winner in July 2013
Ivanov, winner in July 2012
Lo Specialista, winner in August 2012
Mississippi, winner in July 2011
Occolè, winner in August 2014
Oppio, winner in July 2014
Urban II, winner in September 2000
Venus VIII, winner in August 2000

How about jockeys we must remember:

Luigi Bruschelli known as Trecciolino, winner of 10 Palios

Trecciolino

Andrea Mari, known as Brio, winner of 5 Palios

Brio

Giovanni Atzeni known as Tittia, winner of 4 Palios

Tittia

Luca Minisini known as , winner of 3 Palios

Alberto Ricceri known as Salasso, winner of di 3 Palios

Salasso

Giuseppe Zedde known as Gingillo, winner of 2 Palios

Gingillo

Jonathan Bartoletti known as Scompiglio, winner of 2 Palios

Scompiglio

Giuseppe Pes known as il Pesse, Antonio Villella known as Sgaibarre and Silvano Mulas known as Voglia, winners of 1 Palio.

Il Pesse

Sgaibarre

Il Voglia

And you, what is your favourite contrada????

ILARIA SIMI

Published by Hotel Borgo Grondaie

The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. From July 24th until 30th of September, Siena offers you a unique show: we are talking about the so-called Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. It is a cultural experience concerning the cathedral and the city of Siena. In particular, the project has been organized by the Municipality of Siena and the Metropolitan Opera in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civitache.

The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena

 

Spectators can assist at a videomapping on 3D projected directly on the cathedral. Everything will be accompanied by lots of technology that will allow you to project on 800 square meters of surface images of huge dimensions. The show is divided into five acts and has the purpose to tell about the Siena history, the cathedral and also to tell the story of the city, its places and its people. The story will talk about the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the tragedy of the Black Death that struck the city of Siena in 1348.

Siena Cathedral

 

Siena Cathedral

 

 

The show will take place every day of the week in Piazza Duomo in Siena, from July to September, with two projections in the evening, after sunset, every day from 24 July to 30 September 2015, except for the period from 13 to 16 August. You can attend two performances daily of half-hour at 21.15 and 22.15.
The ticket price is 13,00 Euro, 8.00 for children 7 to 11 years, for students up to 26 years with a valid student card, journalists and publicists. It is free for children under 6, the disabled, tourist guides and interpreters in the province of Siena.
You can buy them at a fixed price of 35.00 Euro for families composed by two parents and up to 4 children.
With 22.00 Euro you can takethe combined ticket with the OPA SI PASS. Tickets can be bought directly from ls Ticket in Piazza Duomo and in stores Ticketone or online on ladivinabellezza.com, operaduomo.siena and ticketone.it.

Have good time and enjoy with the Divine Beauty made in Siena!!!

In Chiusdino, a village located about thirty kilometers from Siena, there is the Abbey of San Galgano, an open-air cathedral without  roof and floor, so reduced as a  prestigious ruin after a massive fire broke out at the end of the eighteenth century .

The magical atmosphere of this enchanting place will live again this year through music, dance and the great opera. Inside the Abbey, in fact, a theatre will be set up, preserving the historical and architectural value of the place.

A rich program of events that will be the protagonists of this summer 2012:

– AIDA: July ,7th/  August,3rd and 4th

– VINICIO CAPOSSELA: July ,5th

– CARMINA BURANA: July, 13th/ August, 5th

– LUDOVICO EINAUDI and PAUL FRESU: July 14th

– SWAN LAKE: July,20th

– THE SEASONS: July,22th  

– THE BARBER OF SEVILLE: July, 21st and 28th

– ARISA: July, 26th

 
For information please contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie
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