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Museo Contrada Priora della Civetta
Ranked #69 of 155 things to do in Siena
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the museum of the Civetta ( owl) contrada. It was raining and we were out looking for this museum and found it hidden in a back street. At first we were not sure if we could visit but after putting a donation in the box a lovely man showed us round. We were shown videos of the last time the Contrada won the Palio horse race and it was wonderful to see the pride that the people have for their district. We also saw the banners that are won and the colours worn by the horses and jockeys.
St Anthony is the patron saint of the Contrada and we were taken into the chapel where they bless the horse before the race.
It was a fascinating visit and if you are at all interested in the Palio I would recommend it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt very lucky to have a chance to visit this lovely museum. Our walking tour guide, Costanza (with Siena walking tours) knew the woman who runs the museum and she walked by us as we were walking near the museum. She offered to let us in and gave us full access, which was great. Costanza was able to give us a great overview of the palio through the eyes/context of the Owl Contrada. Most Contrada museums are not open to the general public, this one is an exception. They have done a very nice job displaying the history of the paleo for their contrada and the unique building it sits in (old palace that has many floors deep into the hillside). If you are interested in learning more about the Palio and the Contrada's, I highly recommend visiting this museum, ideally with a guide that can talk you through what you are seeing and addressing questions.

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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Fantastic time lots of fun and very informative. We were the only 2 on the tour and felt really lucky to have a great guide that showed us around so well. We made ice cream and had a tasting too boot. Lots of fun. The Contrada museums are not open to the public so this was a great treat!

Thank Margaret G
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

This was interesting. Showcases the history of the famous races through the years and the commissioned art works honoring the winners. Something different than the usual historical sights,

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