The Eagle contrada conserves the oldest-verified drappellone, while the Giraffe contrada holds their own unique testament to the Palio’s history: the “stolen” drappellone and its preparatory sketch (the banner was stolen before the 1967 race, so the team was forced to take their victory lap with the sketch in hand, though it was later returned), both of which are now on display in the museum. Regarding religious history, the Crested Porcupine contrada is proudly home to Siena’s oldest-surviving version of Christ Blessing, a fresco originally housed in the neighbourhood’s church. And then there’s the Valley of the Ram contrada’s museum, designed by no less than Giovanni Michelucci, Italy’s most celebrated architect from the 20th century.
The prize object in the She-Wolf’s museum is a photograph of Giuseppe Garibaldi, which he donated to the contrada following its Palio victory in 1867. Similarly, the Wave and Panther contrade also showcase objects tied to their local history: the Wave’s museum displays works related to the neighbourhood’s carpentry tradition, as well as works by Giovanni Duprè, the famous sculptor that was born in the contrada, while the Panther’s museum dedicates an entire room to the illustrious opera singer and winning captain Ettore Bastianini, including keepsakes, photos, books, letters and some original costumes worn by Bastianini in productions of Pagliacci, the Barber of Seville and La Tosca, among others. Find out here the full list of the contrade in Siena.