This event is the only one of its kind and takes place at San Giovanni d’Asso and attracts thousands of enthusiastic lovers of the delicious Marzuolo Truffle. At the fair you can buy and taste fresh truffles presented by the Truffle Association. Also each year exhibitions, stands selling truffles, seminars and guided tastings.
The Palio race is preceded by a procession ( Historic Walks ) which take part more than 600 participants representing the 17 contrade and institutions of the ancient Republic of Siena .
It involves 205 km of dirt and tarmac roads, which wind their way through the unforgettable landscape of Chianti, Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia.
The Bravìo of barrels is the challenge between eight districts : Cagnano , Collazzi Le Coste , Gracciano , Poggiolo , San Donato , and Talosa Voltaia . The districts are a painted cloth , by rolling barrels of 80 kg each , along an upward path over a kilometer .
It is an ancient knightly competition that has its origins in the Middle Ages and that is to hit a target , the shield of a tumbler ( a robot swivel impersonating the `` King of the Indies `` ) , with a spear at the end of a quick career on horseback .