FEAST OF THE DONATION
OF THE SACRED THORN
3rd week of August
Every third week of August, Montone celebrates when Carlo Fortebraccio, son of Andrea the famous Braccio, gave the “Sacred Thorn” (a thorn from Christ’s crown that was brought back to Venice by crusaders) to his native town in 1473. During this event, Montone’s three ancient districts compete in a Palio (traditional bareback horse race), the village is filled with medieval and renaissance historical re-enactments and the evenings are enlivened with music, plays and taverns.
This festival is the pride and joy of Montone. Thanks to the stage management of Terry Gilliam, an honorary citizen, this small village annually hosts international directors and actors. The event is organised by the non-profit Umbria Film Festival Association and the Town of Montone. The aim of the association is to promote the art of filmmaking through educational and informational based activities. Every edition has a particular theme that unites the short and full length films.