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Italy: ‘A historical reenactment’- Iconic barrel race thrills visitors at Tuscan village

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Participants gathered and engaged in a historical race in Montepulciano where they rolled their wine casks and run against each other, Sunday.

Michele Angiolini, Mayor of Montepulciano, said that participants « manoeuvre barrels weighing approximately 80 kg (176,37 ) along a route within the historic centre, spanning about 1.8 km (around 1.11 miles). The finish line is located in the churchyard of the cathedral. » The winner receives the ‘Panno del Bravo’ award, and this year’s edition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Italian constitution.

Barrels sway sideways and occasionally collide, causing athletes to struggle to prevent themselves from lagging behind the frontrunners.

Leading up to the race, Montepulciano indulges in a week-long celebration, with local residents adorning the streets in Renaissance attire that mirrors the colours of their respective districts.


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