Our tourist route begins to the east of the Orcia Valley, specifically from Montepulciano, which lies comfortably on the slopes of the Sasso, one of the many splendid green soft hills of Tuscany, between the Valdichiana and the Val d'Orcia. L'ultima Domeni ca di agosto si svolge il "Bravio delle Botti", l'originale sfida tra le otto contrade di Montepulciano, Cagnano, Collazzi, Coste, Gracciano, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa e Voltaia, Che si contendono un panno dipinto Facendo rotolare botti del peso di 80 kg lungo un percorso in salita di 1800 metri. Le botti sono spinte da detti uomini a causa "spingitori" Mentre il percorso della gara si snoda tra le suggestive strade del centro storico della città fino all'arrivo situato sul sagrato del Duomo in Piazza Grande. La parola "Bravìo" deriva dal volgare "Bravium
Montepulciano is unquestionably an artistic city, a title it takes from its monuments and splendid architecture; from its many paintings, sculptures and terracottas, and from the lovely mediaeval 'borgo', made up of narrow intricate lanes, steep stairways and piazzas which one comes upon unexpectedly.
Legend has it that Montepulciano was an Etruscan settlement built to the orders of King Lars Pors-ena. Historically, it appears for the first time in 715, with the name of Castel Politiano, constantly disputed between Florence and Siena because of its economic and strategic importance.
In 1202 it came within the orbit of Florence, enjoying the autonomy of a free commune, though it often had to defend itself from the depredations of Siena. In 1260 and 1294 it fell into the hands of the Sienese, to whom it remained faithful until 1390.
On the last Sunday in August the "bravio delle Botti, the original challenge between the eight contrade of Montepulciano, Cagnano, Collazzi, shores, Gracciano, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa and Voltaia, That compete for a rolling barrels cloth painting By weighing 80 kg along a path climbs 1,800 metres. The barrels are driven by these men because "spingitori" While the path of the race through the streets of the historic old town up churchyard of the Cathedral in Piazza Grande. The word "Bravìo" comes from the vulgar "Bravium