Part neighborhood, part parish, part pep club, and part family, the contrade of Siena are like no other municipal organization in the world. Based around the churches and the life of the church community, the 17 contrade are districts in Siena, liberally marked with the sign of the mascot of the contrada. People grow up as panthers, snails, dragons, or whatever, attend the contrada church, and are baptised and confirmed there as part of this unique community.
Each contrada has a colorful flag, marked with the colors and the mascots of the contrada. And each contrada may sponsor a horse in the famous Palio or a horserace in the Piazza del Campo, the large, shell-shaped plaza at the cente...Read More