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Sagra del Tordo in Montalcino

October 29-30-31, 2021. Archery competition between city’s districts, traditional food and excellent wine.

Sagra del Tordo in Montalcino
29 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021 Tuscany -Montalcino (SI)  Folklore/Traditions | Food/Wine

Since 1958, every last weekend of October – this year from October 29th to 31st, 2021 –  Montalcino, in the Province of Siena, celebrates the Sagra del Tordo, the “Song Thrush Festival”.

Bird migration, and especially song thrush migration, has always been particularly intense in this area, leading to Montalcino having a long-standing hunting tradition.
In the Middle Ages, when hunters and falconers returned to their villages with their quarry, large feasts were organized o which both nobles and commoners were participating.
Men challenged each other in tournaments, while women organized great banquets with quarry and local wine.

In the two day-Festival, 2 delegates from each of the 4 districts of Montalcino, dressed in their traditional colors (Borghetto: white and red; Pianello: white and blue; Ruga: yellow and blue; Travaglio: yellow and red), face themselves in an archery competition.

On Saturday afternoon archers are testing their abilities and the first historical parade made up of 150 figures, with costumes inspired by medieval ones, is taking place through the streets of the town, decorated with the flags of the four districts.

Sunday morning three events are taking place: the blessing of the Archers, the Historical Parade, and the formal declaration of the beginning of the feast at Noon when some thrushes are also released in flight (to attend Gree Pass is required).

In the afternoon the official archery competition takes place (reservations required to be asked at the districts). Once the tournament is over, the winning district receives a silver arrow, and the losing districts are constantly laughed at and mocked by the winners.

During the Sagra del Tordo, visitors can taste Maremma’s traditional dishes and products: pappardelle with wild boar ragu, “pinci” pasta with tomato sauce, mushroom soup, bread soup, quail roast, fried polenta, tripe, and many more. Everything, of course, is rigorously accompanied by the famous Montalcino wines.

For info, it is possible to call the Municipality of Montalcino at +39.0577.80.441

(photos: event’s official website)

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