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Museum of the Contrada of the Tartuca (Tortoise)

An exhibition of winning Palio banners painted by artists including Botero and Mitoraj

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Via Tommaso Pendola, 21, 53100 Siena SI, Italia

The Museum of the Contrada of the Tartuca is attached to the contrada’s Oratory in via Tommaso Pendola, dedicated to St Anthony of Padua, a beautiful example of a baroque building in Siena, built between 1682 and 1685 by Niccolò and Iacomo Franchini. The itinerary is divided into three sections. The Museum of Sacred Décor conserves ancient sacred objects belonging to the church, such as vestments and reliquaries, while the Museum of Costume preserves the montature, that is, the costumes used in historic processions from the second half of the 19th century till the present day.

Lastly, the section dedicated to the Palio Museum displays the banners won by the contrada, among which are those painted by great artists such as Fernando Botero and Igor Mitoraj.

Info: www.tartuca.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. ...