Volterra cheese contest
October 31 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
VOLTERRA PALIO DEI CACI 3.30 pm via Franceschini
Also this year, on the last Sunday of October, as expected, the expected and fun Palio dei Caci will be held in Volterra. An event that has long been recognized in the regional register of historical re-enactments in collaboration with the “Committee of the Contradas of the City of Volterra”.
On October 28, the streets of the beautiful medieval town will turn into a track where the representatives of each district will challenge each other and will have to make a cheese roll down the path in steep slope in the shortest possible time.
Protagonists of this comic challenge: a meandering path built with straw presses, shooters, two wooden pallets and the inevitable form of volterra-like floes.
A tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, when cheese, a nutritious food, was considered a valid alternative to too expensive meat, especially on the tables of the less well-off. Besides the alimentary use, the forms of cheese soon came to take on a playful use; this is how some games were born in Volterra that saw cheese and the ability of the people from the Contrada as protagonist.