Contrade

Torre contrada flagContrada borders

For the holidays all the contrade in Siena have put up flags. Here is the corner of Torre (Tower), Leocorno (Unicorn) and Valdimontone (Valley of the Ram) – neighborhood borders have never looked so nice. These districts were created in the middle ages when each neighborhood had its own civilian army during Siena’s long fight against Florence for independence. Now, they’re loyal Palio teams and neighborhood families.

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