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Events Around Montisi

There are countless festivals throughout the year across Tuscany. Here are the events which are local to Montisi. If there are events which are not here please let me know and I shall be delighted to include them.

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Donkey Palio

March 23, 2014

Donkey Palio There is a wonderful procession in medieval costume and a flag waving competition followed by a donkey race.  My son was there a couple of years ago,  “The donkey derby was one of the funniest things we saw in Tuscany. It started with a parade of each of the Contradas of the village with each group vying to look the best and throw their flag the highest to elicit the biggest cheer from their respective portion of the assembled crowds. Next came the donkey derby. Once the starter fired his gun, it became clear that winning was not merely a matter of going fastest to the end but actually getting your donkey to go at all. One of the riders was out in front when his donkey stopped abruptly and wouldn’t move. Another took the lead only to find that his donkey decided to turn around and go backwards toward the start! The whole time, the crowds were cheering for their contrada’s riders amid lots of drinking and laughter. The crowd was very friendly and we were even given the flag of the contrada we were sitting with to wave. All in all, a lovely time was had by everybody involved. (except maybe the rider who was thrown from his donkey when it stopped suddenly!) .


March 23, 2014
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