La sede della Contrada del Drago dopo la Vittoria del Palio, Foto Studio Marco Donati


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I cittini della Contrada del Drago in Piazza, durante la Prova Generale, foto di Pietro Tonnicodi


All newborns are welcomed into the Contrada with a letter and a bouquet of flowers, while a flag adorned with a pink or blue ribbon and a scroll announce the joyous event from the historic headquarters of the contrada in Piazza Matteotti. This marks the beginning of the little Dragaiole and Dragaioli’s lives, who are then guided through the first steps of their life in contrada by the men and women of the “Gruppo Giovani”. As they grow, the young Dragaiole and Dragaioli’s year is marked by various events. Some fixed, such as Epiphany, Carnival, and our Patron Saint Festival which brings their much anticipated baptism, which officially marks their entry into our contrada. Other important events are the days of the Palio, the summer camp, the Festival honouring the Madonna in December, the decoration of the Christmas tree, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus. These are just some of the various occasions that the “Gruppo Giovani” promotes throughout the year with the aim of fostering fun moments of that bring together the children in an inclusive environment accomodating everyone according to their needs. The primary objective, therefore, is to create a bond amongst these young people, which will accompany them throughout their lives and, through the transmission of the values of our contrada and of Siena as a whole, which will enable them to become the Dragaiole and Dragaioli of the future. This is the intent that drives our “Gruppo Giovani”, which follows and supports the children from birth until adolescence when they become “Novizi” and a new chapter in their lives opens. For further information, please contact the “Gruppo Giovani Dragaioli” at the following email address:

Foto dei Novizi della Contrada del Drago


The Maestri dei Novizi’s objective is to guide the young contradaioli through the transition from childhood to adulthood, which in our Contrada occurs at the age of sixteen with the so-called "String Ceremony". The ceremony symbolizes the entry of the Dragaiola or Dragaiolo into the active life of the Contrada including the acquisition of the right to participate at General Assemblies, the right to vote in the elections for the renewal of our executive positions, and to be able to hold the office of ”Assistente Vicario”. Therefore, it is the task of the “Maestri dei Novizi” to educate the boys and girls in the principles and values of our Contrada with the goal of consolidating in them a sense of belonging to our Contrada. The various initiatives of the Novizi or Novices – include explaining the rituals, providing a direct knowledge of the territory and symbolic places of our Contrada such as the Oratory, the Museum, the Costume Gallery. Encouraging an understanding of the bursary functions and not neglecting the social and recreational aspects, which play a central role in the meetings organised by the group. All these activities are aimed at further strengthening the bonds that the “Gruppo Giovani”has woven, in addition to continuing the work of passing down the passion and love for the Contrada and making these young people the Dragaiole and Dragaioli of the future. For any information, please contact the Maestri dei Novizi at the following email address:

Solidarity commission

The "Solidarity Commission" of the Contrada del Drago was set up in 2013-14 and originated from a strongly held and pursued idea, from the then Priore Laura Bonelli, with the intention of restoring the values on which the existence of the Contrada was always based: solidarity, mutual help, attention to needs, and a will to help each other. he Contrada del Drago, like a large family, must be always "be there", to identify needs (from economic emergencies, to solitude, to attention to children, and the elderly) and look for a way, the time, the people and, when needed , the economic resources, to resolve these problems. This Commission was conceived as a group of volunteers represented by those who keep the Contrada del Drago going with their dedication in their roles in the various Contrada offices and thus their service to the Contrada and its People. The first initiative of the newly established Commission was the creation of summer camps for the children of the Contrada del Drago, in the period immediately following the end of school where working parents can find themselves in difficulty. The summer camps took place in the beautiful green space of the Voltoni di San Domenico gardens based on the availability of many very young, young, less young Dragaioli to offer their time, together with professional educators, and provide a good service while keeping the cost low for families. The summer camps were immediately a great success, and have been repeated every year since 2014, also becoming a great opportunity to work with the children. Participation in the Coordination of the Solidarity/Mutual Aid Commissions of the other Contradas gave new stimuli to the Drago Commission and confirmed the need to analyze the needs and requirements of all the Contradas in depth to provide something useful to support everyone. Citizen solidarity initiatives were thus implemented involving all the Contradas together, particularly in the difficult period of the Covid pandemic, or in the face of needs expressed by the various Bodies, Institutions and Associations in Siena. The intent of the Solidarity Commission, together with the Priore who conceived it and the Priore who have followed since, has always been to be at hand to solve small and large problems together, as far as possible, always with the utmost confidentiality, making itself known by the Dragaioli and establishing a relationship of mutual trust. Various initiatives (market, dinners, tombolas, etc.) have been implemented over the years to finance any financial requests, and have demonstrated the active enthusiasm of the Contrada del Drago in supporting the initiatives and the Commission itself. The Solidarity Commission in the Contrada del Drago, later named after Andrea Muzzi (an ex-Rettore and ex-Priore on the Contrada), is one of the key Commissions of the Contrada and works in close contact and in agreement with the Priore.

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Blood Donors

Since the last century, each Contrada, including Drago, has established a Blood Donor Group. Today, the Blood Donor Groups of all seventeen Contrade represent an irreplaceable reality within the Sienese healthcare system. These groups have united into a single entity - the Nonprofit Blood Donors Group of the Contrade - which aims to coordinate and promote blood and bone marrow donation, as well as to support solidarity projects in the city and within the Contrade communities. To this end, the Blood Donors Group invites all members of the Drago community to participate in this act of generosity and to join those who have shown sensitivity and activity in past years. WHO CAN DONATE Blood donors can be anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 who are in good health and weigh more than 50 kg. Men can donate blood every three months, while women of childbearing age can donate every six months. There are several types of donations: • Whole blood, which takes about 5 to 10 minutes. • Plasma and platelets, which require about 45 minutes. WHERE TO DONATE Donations are made at the Transfusion Centre of the Policlinico Le Scotte (1st Lot, Ground Floor) the Siena hospital. For more information, visit: For more detailed information, and especially to become a donor, you can contact the Blood Donors Group by writing to the officer, Rosa Novella Mostardini, at the following email address:

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