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Museum of the Contrada of the Lupa (She-wolf)

The autographed photo of Garibaldi in occasion of the 1867 Palio is on display

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The Museum of the Contrada of the Lupa in Siena is housed in the historic quarters of the contrada, which date back to the 16th century and were originally the property of the Confraternity of San Rocco. The construction of the headquarters appears to date back to the first years of the 16th century and was completed almost a century later with the fresco painting in the Oratory and the Cathedral, which were given to the Lupa in 1789.

The historic quarters include a ceremonial room, an archive and a costume room. In the oratory, you can admire a fresco cycle dedicated to the life of Job by Bernardino Mei, Rutilio and Domenica Manetti and Astolfo Petrazzi. In the adjacent cathedral is a large fresco by Rutilio Manetti from the early 17th century. Descending into the church crypt we enter the Hall of Victories, which conserves all the contrada’s winning Palio banners, the Hall of Sacred Vestments, with ancient decorations belonging to the Confraternity of San Rocco, the Armory, the Costume Hall, with a collection of the contrada’s historic costumes since 1839, and lastly, the Meeting Room with all the trophies won.

The museum also conserves a precious antique:  a photograph of Giuseppe Garibaldi dedicated to the jockey Mario Bernini, the winner of the 1867 Palio, which was personally attended by the “hero of the two worlds”.

Info: contradadellalupa.it

Where not a single stone has changed down the centuries
Siena shines perfectly from a distance in its medieval magnificence. The three hills amid which the city rests rise up like an idyllic film set, the old boundaries soften like the past into a countryside that sometimes still seem like the scene painted by Ambrosia Lorenzetti in the Allegory of Good Government in the halls of Siena's city hall. ...