Montepulciano: 5 events not to be missed this summer

Montepulciano is a town in Siena's surroundings devoted to good wine and beautiful landscapes. The perfect moment to visit it is during this summer, when it will host a lot of events. Here is a list of 5:

Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte (from July 11 to August 1)

The Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte (International Art Workshop) of Montepulciano reaches the fortieth edition in 2015. 40 is also the number of appointments in 8 palces around Siena (Montepulciano, Cetona, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano, Sinalunga, Torrita di Siena and Trequanda) for 22 days. Opera, symphonic and chamber concerts, contemporary dance, theater, jazz  and midnight concerts and more than 400 international artists involved. The ambitious topic of this edition is "Earth, war and peace". For information: www.fondazionecantiere.it/en
Piazza Grande - Montepulciano
Piazza Grande - Montepulciano

Bruscello Poliziano - The Decameron (August 13 to 16, 9.30 pm in Piazza Grande)

The Bruscello is one of the most important events linked to tradition for Montepulciano and the surrounding area and is based on Boccaccio's Decameron. The Bruscello deals with many topics: love and hate, dances, songs and joy. For information: www.bruscello.it
Theatre in Montepulciano [Foto di Alessandro Gaziano]
Theatre in Montepulciano [Foto di Alessandro Gaziano]

Bravìo delle Botti - Historical Centre of Montepulciano (last Sunday of August)

The traditional Bravìo delle Botti takes place in Montepulciano the last Sunday of August, this year on August 30. It is a reenactment of a challenge between the eight city districts, which previously competed with horses and today with the barrels. Two athletes roll the barrels, weighing 80 kg, along a steep path of about 1600 meters winding through the streets of town centre till Piazza Grande, the square in front of the Duomo. The race is preceded by a fascinating historical procession consisting of more than two hundred figures with flags and drums. For information: www.braviodellebotti.com
Bravio delle Botti
Bravio delle Botti

Live Rock Festival (September 9-13)

From September 9 to 13, the Live Rock Festival is back to Acquaviva, a hamlet near Montepulciano. Live Rock Festival is, in fact, among the most important free festival in Italy with great international music, artistic originality, attention to ecology, quality food and wine, and a lot of vitality. The location is in the Giardini ex-Fierale. For information about the concerts: www.liverockfestival.it
Benjamin Stanford, aka Dub FX, street performer
Benjamin Stanford, aka Dub FX, street performer

From Patches to the Decadentism – Private paintings in the lands of Poliziano (until November 1)

More than 100 paintings and drawings from the troves of collectors connected to the lands of Poliziano. The exhibition takes place in Montepulciano among the unforgettable views of the real Tuscany, starting from paintings of the most important macchiaioli – such as Abbati, Borrani, Signorini, Lega, Fattori – right up to twentieth-century works, touching upon various kinds of painting: landscapes, the portraits, agricultural scenes, cityscapes, contemporary life. The core painters who, in Florence of the eighteen-sixties, worked through the application of “patches” or “stains”, were followed by the protagonists of Tuscan Naturalism and then by artists more involved in the wave of renewal of pictorial languages of the new century. More info: website
Rodolfo-Tommasi
Rodolfo-Tommasi
Original post by Marta Mancini on Diari Toscani.