Siena, il Palio

Siena, The Imperial Giraffe Contrada Museum

The name of this contrada comes from one of the Palio horse races won by the district


The Imperial Giraffe Contrada Museum (Museo Imperiale della Giraffa) is housed in the underground rooms of the Santa Maria in Provenzano basilica. This holy building was built between 1594 and 1604. The oratory has been owned by the contrada’s since 1824, although in the past it belonged to the Compagnia del Suffragio.The museum is home to all of the Palio trophies won by the Imperial Giraffe Contrada over the years, including the triptych representing the Kingdom, the Empire and the Republic. It is thanks to this that the Giraffe Contrada is known as Regal, Imperial and Republican.

Contact information
Via delle Vergini 18
Telephone 0577 287091

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. ...