Today was the last day of the Montepulciano Bravio delle Botti Festa with events running from 10 am until late. The eight contradas (areas of the town) contest a barrel rolling event, rolling an 80 kg wine barrel for 1800 metres uphill and around the town.
We arrived in time for the historic costume parade where each contrada is represented. The highlight is the flag throwers and drummers who create a spectacle with waving and tossing the flags in the air and catching them, accompanied by the beat of the drums.
We didn't stay for the barrel rolling as it was to be in the evening and we wanted to be home before dark.