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La Fornace Di Diana Scrl:
53018 Sovicille (SI)
Location La Macchia
Tel./Fax +390 577 314632
P. Iva/Codice Fiscale : 00915990527

The "Contrade" of "Palio di Siena

"The "Palio di Siena" the most famous palio, is an horse race held twice each year on July 2nd and August 16th in Siena, in which ten horses and riders, dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen "Contrade" or city wards. These districts were set up in the Middle Age in order to supply troops to the many military companies that were hired to defend Siena as it fought to defend its independence from Florence and other nearby city-states. As time has gone by, however, the Contrade have lost their administrative and military functions and have instead become simply areas of localised patriotism, held together by the emotions and sense of civic pride of the residents. Their roles have broadened so that every important event - baptism, death, marriages, church holidays, victories at the Palio, even wine or food festivals - is celebrated only within one's own Contrada. A magnificent pageant precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. The winner is awarded a banner of painted silk, or Palio, which is newly created by a different artist for each race.
We produce coats of arms, different for size, shape and materials. We use for them terracotta,and wood or metal too. We paint drums and neckerchief with symbols of Contrade. We have big and small sculptures of the animals which represent the Contrade and many other products all hand-made and guaranteed from the “Consorzio per la tutela del Palio di Siena”.

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