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Museum of the Nobile Contrada of the Nicchio (Seashell)

An exhibition of winning Palio banners, costumes, sacred décor and works of art.

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The Museum of the Nobile Contrada of the Nicchio is located behind the 17th-century Oratory of St Gaetano di Thiene, the district’s oratory in via dei Pispini.

The museum displays the uniforms and banners won by the “Noble” Contrada of Nicchio. The complex also includes a visit to the 1683 oratory with frescoes by Giuseppe Nicola Nasini (1657-1736) and Apollonio Nasini (1692-1768) portraying the life of St Gaetano Thiene, with sculptures by Giacomo Franchini (1686-1705).

Among the main works of art, the silverware from the Sienese and Tuscan school (15th-19th century) are of particular interest, as are the sacred vestments dating to the 17th-18th century, ceramic objects (15th century), a Madonna and Child by Benedetto da Maiano (15th century), a terracotta polychrome depicting St Sebastian by Giovanni di Stefano (1443-1504) and a painting by Francesco Rustichi (1592-1626).

Info: nobilecontradadelnicchio.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. ...