Colors White and black with red and blue band
Symbol Porcupine
Flag istrice
Terzo Terzo di Camollìa
Headquarters Via di Camollia 89
Museum Via di Camollia 87
Clubhouse Società “Il Leone”, via di Camollia
Contradaioli Istriciaioli
Oratory Chiesa di San Vincenzo e Anastasio
Paitron Saint S. Bartolomeo Apostolo (24  august)
Enemie(s) Lupa (dal 1934)
Allied contrade Bruco (dal 1665)
Chiocciola (dal 1947)
Civetta (dal 1933)
Giraffa (dal 1795)
Lupa (fino al 1934)
Victories 41 officially recognized



The Bando di Violante di Baviera from 1730 determined the division of the city of Siena into 17 Contrade. People referred to buildings and their owners instead of the streets (as they do now). The document is still seen today as the basis on which the actual boundaries of the districts were determined.

Today, the following streets are part of the area’s territory:

  • Via di Camollìa
  • Via di Fontegiusta
  • Via Malta
  • Via del Cavallerizzo (part)
  • Via Montanini (part)
  • vie del Romitorio
  • via del Sasso di San Bernardino
  • vie dei Gazzani
  • via Garibaldi (part)
  • via degli Umiliati
  • via Campansi
  • via del Pignattello
  • via Rinaldo Franci
  • via Cesare Maccari
  • via XXV Aprile
  • via dei Mille
  • via la Lizza
  • Piazza Antonio Gramsci
  • PiazzaCosta Paparoni
  • Piazza Guido Chigi Saracini
  • Vicolo di Malizia
  • Vicolo della Magione
  • Vicolo dello Sportello


The former territory of the extinct Contrada del Leone is also fully included in the area of Istrice. The community center is named after this disappeared Contrada.

HistoryIstrice 3

The district was named ‘Sovrana’ with permission from Sovrano Ordine Militare di Malta in 1980. La Magione dei Templari is located in the district and has a seat along the old Via Francigena, the old road between Canterbury and Rome.

Importand locations and Festa Titolare

Istrice 1

The Oratory of Istrice is the Chiesa di San Vincenzo and Anastasio, located in via Camollia. The building, dating from 1144, was completely renovated in the 18th century. In 1871 the church became the property of the neighborhood.

The baptismal fountain is located in Via Malta and was realized in 1962 by Vico Consorti.

The Festa Titolare in honor of San Bartolomeo Apostolo is celebrated on August 24. Bartolomeo was one of the 12 apostles.

Istrice and the Palio

Istrice has 41 wins. The last one dates from 2 July 2008 when Trecciolino won on Già del Menhir.

Istrice 4Until now Istrice never won a Cappotto.

After July 2, 1975, Istrice won no more than 25 years the Palio. The first Palio of the new century and millennium was for them. It was Trecciolino who delivered them from their suffering. Two months later, the winning horse Gangelies rode for Lupa. However, it was Selva who won the Palio. That same evening, all Istriciaioli walked through the streets decorated with Christmas balls and garlands. Despite the immense fright that Lupa would win that year, it still became a warm winter.

You can find all the drappelloni won here. The Numeri Unici are also online.


Istrice won the Palio di Provenzano of 1862 on 1 June. This was held a month early to coincide with la Festa dello Statuto.Istrice 2

The Palio started very turbulent. With a false start, Lupa, Tartuca and Torre fell heavily. The horses of Lupa and Tartuca unfortunately had to pay the price. Under the threatening darkness it was decided to postpone the Palio. Despite the fact that the horse of Torre was not 100% because of the heavy fall, he did leave first. Only in the third San Martino Chiocciola came alongside. A fierce battle began between the two fantini: Annibale Maggiori for Torre and Angiolo Fabbri detto Spagnoletto for Chiocciola. Maggiori tried to grab Spagnoletto to throw him off the horse. He answered this action with a few well-placed lashes. In the meantime, the Casato came closer and closer. Both fantini fell off their horse. Istrice, with Giuseppe Buoni detto Figlio di Bonino, rode in third position and on the finish he came alongside Torre.

The Giuduci proclaimed Istrice the winner. The Torraioli disagreed. A huge fight ensued. The authorities then decided not to pay the Palio and seized the Drappellone. A few days later, when peace had returned to the city, the Palio was handed over to Istrice, still the only legitimate winner for the Giudici.

Ravalry with Lupa

Before the birth of their rivalry (1934), Istrice and Lupa were even deacons or allies. In the early 1930s some banal discussions arose around border areas. A dispute over a few meters could not be resolved. A committee was even set up to find a solution, but this did not work. An enmity was born.

In 1935, Lupa won in July, and Istrice in August, both at Ruello. In the Numeri Unici that were published later that year, cartoons about the other neighborhood were placed in both issues. The young enmity was incited and has since disappeared.



1 02/07/1659 Mone Leprino di Buonconvento
2 02/07/1669 Monco ?
3 02/07/1680 Pavolino ?
4 02/07/1688 Monco ?
Total victories in de 17th century : 4
5 16/08/1709 Giovan Maria stornello di Siena
6 02/07/1716 Morino Montalcino
7 02/07/1721 Cappellaro ?
8 02/07/1726 Cerrino baio dorato di Siena
9 16/08/1741 Ministro baio del Concialini
10 07/07/1760 Luchino sauro dorato del Coppi
11 02/07/1766 Bastiancino morello della Scala
12 02/07/1768 Giuseppe di Vescovado morello del Tendi
13 02/07/1772 Bastiancino morello del Picchi
14 02/07/1793 Mattiaccio falbo sfacciato del Gigli
Total victories in de 18th century : 10
15 03/07/1800 Pulpettino morello del Ricci
16 02/07/1805 Caino morello maltinto del Cerini
17 17/08/1806 Brandino morello del Tommi
18 19/08/1818 Ferrino castagno balzano del Falconi
19 17/08/1819 Ferrino morello del Magnelli
20 17/08/1823 Cicciolesso stornello del Felli
21 16/08/1830 Campanino morello stellato in fronte
22 02/07/1832 Maremmanino morello maltinto del Bandini
23 18/08/1842 Saltatore Tosato
24 16/08/1860 Spagnoletto baio scuro del Merlotti
25 02/06/1862 Figlio di Bonino baio dorato del Cianchelli
26 02/07/1873 Bachicche baia scura del Romboli
27 16/08/1887 Il Citto baio balzano del Boscagli
28 16/08/1894 Tabarre Angiolusse
29 23/09/1896 Montieri Febo
Total victories in de 19th century : 15
30 02/07/1905 Benvenuto Ida
31 02/07/1913 Picino Strega
32 02/07/1914 Rancani storno del Busisi
33 16/08/1935 Pietrino Ruello
34 16/08/1956 Mezz’etto Gaudenzia
35 16/08/1958 Biba Uberta de Mores
36 02/07/1961 Tristezza Uberta de Mores
37 17/09/1972 Aceto Mirabella
38 02/07/1975 Ragno Rimini
Total victories in de 20th century : 9
39 02/07/2000 Trecciolino Gangelies
40 02/07/2002 Ugo Sanchez
41 02/07/2008 Trecciolino Già del Menhir
Total victories in de 21st century : 3

In addition, Aquila attributes itself to 1 more victory, not recognized by the city of Siena:

  1. 1648 (1649?): bufalata in which all contrade participated.

Drappelloni and Numeri Unici

Drappellone and Numeri Unici can be found on pages on our Dutch website (pages will open in new tab) :

Debuting fantini

  • Since July 2, 1775, 483 fantini debuted on the Piazza
  • In 1928, no less than 9 fantini debuted (in 3 courses).
  • 21 fantini won their debut.
  • Istrice had 25 fantini debut since 1775
  • None of them won on his debut
  • The longest period without a debutant is 26 years : 16/8/1805-2/7/1831
1 Marcaccio 16/8/1777
2 Pietro Ortolano 2/7/1785
3 Lise 2/7/1789
4 Marito 17/4/1791
5 Vincenzo 2/7/1797
6 Brandino 16/8/1805
7 Lucca 2/7/1831
8 Cilla 2/7/1837
9 Fenzi Luigi 2/7/1849
10 Chiocciola 16/8/1850
11 Lucchino 4/7/1858
12 Volpe 16/8/1858
13 Gambino 2/7/1867
14 Marino 4/7/1880
15 Abbacchio 16/8/1885
16 Ugo D’Empoli 16/8/1897
17 Benvenuto 16/8/1903
18 Caino II 4/7/1909
19 Buzzino 14/9/1928
20 Barberino 16/8/1945
21 Pel di Carota 2/7/1966
22 Misdea 2/7/1982
23 Rondine 2/7/1985
24 Silvio 13/9/1986
25 Pinturicchio 3/7/1997

Never happened

Below you will find events that have never happened before and that cause some kind of superstition in the contradaioli. MAI or never is of course a relative term. The further we go back in time, the less data is stored and the more uncertain we become.

Istrice had never :

  1. won a cappotto
  2. won in august when Torre participated
  3. won when they were selected as ,1st, 2nd, 3th or 10th (estrazione)
  4. won from 7th, 8th or rincorsa at the start
  5. won when they were at the start next to Aquila of Onda or Selva
  6. won a july palio when they were drawn together with Aquila or Chiocciola or Civetta or Leocorno or Oca or Onda or Pantera
  7. won an august palio when they were drawn together with Aquila or Bruco or Giraffa or Leocorno or Lupa or Oca or Onda or Pantera or Selva or Tartuca or Torre
  8. won a palio alla romana
  9. won a palio with cavalli scossi
  10. won a palio with Civetta or Leocorno or Pantera or Tartuca  as the rincorsa

Last update : 5 december 2019