La sagra del Tordo
October 24, 2015
To October 25, 2015
Official Website :- http://www.prolocomontalcino.com
Venue :- Montalcino - Siena
La Sagra originates from the ancient hunting tradition of these areas; In fact, on the hill, where the olive groves alternate with vineyards and forests of the Mediterranean, in October is more intense than in other places, now as in the past, the flow of migratory birds from the north and particularly thrushes. In medieval hunters and falconers were beating the countryside and came home full of prey; they were then parties and banquets where everyone participated, nobles and people; the courage and skill of the men were measured in the rides, while women gave evidence of their abilities When preparing canteens with the game and with the generous wine of the place.
Since morning the lads and wenches of Trescone, customs of the Tuscan countryside nineteenth, dance and sing accompanied by accordions, inviting everyone to join the party.
Piazza Cavour Meanwhile, a procession made up of about fifty percent contained with costumes that are inspired by those of order three hundred four starts, studied in every detail and designed by costume of great importance, through the streets of the country colored by the flags of the four Districts. The blare of trumpets and drums accompany rullar the traditional homage to the Lady of the District of Fortress, which together with the ladies of his court waits under the porch of the Town Hall's return from hunting knights, pages and archers.
From a overlooking under the tower, overlooking the Piazza del Popolo, the auctioneer read out the document declaring formally open the Festival of the Thrush, while, in honor of the Lords of Fortress, thrushes released in flight.
The procession continues towards Piazza Garibaldi where, since the ancient churchyard, St. Egidio, the church of the Sienese in Montalcino, is imparted the blessing to the archers, real stars of the tournament afternoon. The set then go up to the fourteenth-century fortress. At the four Quarters of Montalcino you can taste the dishes and typical products: pappardelle with wild boar, pinci sauce, bean soup, grilled meats, all accompanied by the famous wines of Montalcino.
In the afternoon, the parade resumes at a time of the tennis tournament, rebuilt in the shade of the ramparts of the fortress, And 'This is the time when rivalries, hopes antagonisms turn on and put the spotlight on archers, two for each district called, by a draw the previous day, to represent their colors on the field. The top four archers, one per district, and then the second four, all 'Order of the Captain Field, popping five arrows each in the series of four series in which gradually increase the distance and score; Wins Quarter that, after the competition, scored with his archers the most points, the end of the race the winner withdraws from District Captain of Campo a silver arrow award for the victory won, chanting songs joy and mockery towards other Districts. The festivities will continue throughout the winter and those who lost it must sorbi the songs and jokes of the winners.
The Sagra is therefore not only historical event which becomes the show, but the expression of the way of being and social life of the people of Montalcino, who these days lives, fantastically, his past through the heated antagonism between Borghetto, the Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio, one of the four villages namely that fate a thousand years ago on the slopes of the hill, joined together, gave rise to the city.