Siena, Piazza del Campo

Siena, The Noble Nicchio Contrada Museum

An exhibition of sacred decorations, banners and costumes


The headquarters of this contrada, or historical district of Siena, is next to the San Gaetano da Thiene Oratory which was built between 1683 and 1685.The Noble Nicchio Contrada Museum (Museo della Nobile Contrada del Nicchio) is home to the many costumes and banners (palii) which were won between 1839 and 1955 by the Nicchio contrada in Siena’s annual Palio horse race. A visit to the museum also includes entry to the late seventeenth century Oratory which contains frescoes by Giuseppe Nicola Nasini (1657-1736) and Apollonio Nasini (1682-1768) which depict scenes from the life of San Gaetano Thiene. There are also sculptures by Giacomo Franchini (1686-1705).

The most important works of art in the museum include the fifteenth to nineteenth century Sienese school and Tuscan silverware; the seventeenth and eighteenth century sacred items; ceramic artefacts from the sixteenth century; a Madonna col Bambino by Benedetto da Maiano (fifteenth century); a polychrome terracotta piece showing San Sebastiano by Giovanni di Stefano (1443-1504) and a canvas by Francesco Rustichi (1592-1626).

Contact information
Via dei Pispini 68
Telephone 0577 49600

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. ...