One particularly memorable part of this five-week adventure in Siena was my private tour of the museum of the Contrada del Drago, which was actually one of the first things I did in town… but somehow I haven’t blogged about it yet.
It was awesome, in the most pure sense of the word.
The museum itself is tucked away in a nondescript building, near the grocery store and movie theater that I frequent. The only hints that it’s around are the Drago fountain below, and the symbols on the wall.
Once inside, you’re treated to an absolute ton of historical artifacts from the Drago history. They have photos of epic moments in recent history, medieval costumes and armor that were used centuries ago, and of course, a collection of hundreds of years of Palio victories. (When you win, you get the banner created for that race as a prize.)
Also inside is the private church for the contrada members, which is breathtaking. I’m not a religious person, and yet I found myself so moved by the beauty and majesty of everything.
Below are all of the photos, without captions, and apparently not in the order that I’d tried to upload them… I’ll take the time to fix it all later (unless, of course, you’re reading this months or years after I posted it, in which case… I apparently didn’t) but I wanted at least get them posted now before I forget again.
I give you, the Contrada del Drago museum and church: