Victory Hall

The Sala delle Vittorie (Victory Hall) was built in 1950 using the cellars of the Oratory of Santa Caterina del Paradiso. It is the seat of the Contrada and it is located in Matteotti Square. It holds the Palii (silk banner) won by the Contrada from the 18th century until nowadays and treasured items such as historical flags and the zucchini (cap) worn by the jockeys during the race. It is a place of memory for the history of the Contrada and for the sweet memories of all the races that have been won. It is also used every year for the Cerimonia dello Spago, a ceremony in which the young people of the Contrada access adulthood.

Among the most recent Drappeloni shine the works of internationally renowned artists such as Gerard Fromanger, exponent of the French Figuration Narrative, Domenico Paladino - from the Italian Transavantgarde movement - and Silvano Campeggi, known for his intense activity as poster designer for Hollywood films: the Palios won on 16 August in the years 1989, 1992 and 2001. As for the Drappellone of 1989, the modern representation of the Madonna stands out, imagined as a woman of our times intent on pushing the stroller with the Child; the one of 1992 instead presents a splendid material processing for the fine embroidery that distinguishes it. The Drappellone of 2001 depicts a tender and young Virgin Mary, painted in a delicate blue color that accentuates her childish innocence. Below her, in a fiery red aura, two horses battle each other, one black and the other white, in which the light barbero emerges victorious, as was the gray Zodiac that led the Contrada to victory.

The Drappellone of 2 July 2018, painted by Emilio Giannelli, dragaiolo and well-known illustrator for Corriere della Sera, has a special place in the heart of the contradaioli. The work highlights Giannelli's burlesque style and is populated by a myriad of figures, through which the artist manages to stage a real sample of humanity. The victory was strongly desired by the Contrada, proud to keep the work of one of its most illustrious sons.

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