Cuffie

Cuffia is a symbol they give at the contrada that has not won the longest. They also say “contrada nonna”.

  • The term cuffia is recent and dates from the 1950s. A cuffia is the white cap that grandmothers wear.
  • The date of July 2, 1719, the victory of Aquila who had not yet won a Palio until then is considered the start date of this statistic.
  • The absolute minimum to become “nonna” is 8 years, as there will have been 16 races in that period, which means that all contrade may have won. However, this has never happened. What we have seen so far is a series of 12 different neighborhoods that win over a 6-year period. This happened between 1872 and 1877. (Tartuca, Istrice, Chiocciola, Pantera, Drago, Torre, Valdimontone, Nicchio, Civetta, Bruco, Lupa, Oca).
  • OCA and TARTUCA have never worn the “cuffia”.
  • To date, the cuffia has been transferred 14 times in July and 17 times in August.
  • Nappa managed to make 3x the cuffia disappear for the contrada for which he rode: Pantera (3.7.1904), Aquila (16.8.1906) and Chiocciola (2.7.1911) were the lucky ones.
  • Biggeri, on the other hand, first passed on the cuffia to Lupa by winning for Aquila on July 2, 1796, but also managed to “free” Lupa on August 16, 1809.
  • Leocorno is record holder by not winning 55 consecutive Palios while they were nonna.
  • Aquila and Selva are the only neighborhoods that got rid of the cuffia after a victory with a scosso. Aquila on July 2, 1852 and Selva on August 16, 1953.
  • Lupa is the first neighborhood in history to get rid of the cuffia with a cappotto (2016).
  • 3 contrade have not yet won in the 21st century: Aquila (luglio 1992), Nicchio (agosto 1998) and Chiocciola (agosto 1999).
Contrade Start Cuffia
Aquila
Nicchio 02/07/1719
Pantera 02/07/1731
Leocorno 16/08/1744
Giraffa 18/08/1776
Selva 03/07/1794
Aquila 17/08/1794
Lupa 02/07/1796
Drago 16/08/1809
Selva 02/07/1833
Giraffa 02/07/1840
Aquila 02/07/1852
Drago 15/08/1871
Valdimontone 16/08/1874
Leocorno 16/08/1875
Giraffa 16/08/1883
Onda 16/07/1887
Pantera 03/07/1892
Aquila 03/07/1904
Chiocciola 16/08/1906
Civetta 02/07/1911
Torre 02/07/1934
Selva 16/08/1939
Bruco 16/08/1953
Istrice 02/07/1955
Drago 16/08/1956
Pantera 16/08/1962
Lupa 02/07/1963
Leocorno 02/07/1973
Bruco 17/08/1980
Torre 16/08/1996
Civetta 16/08/2005
Lupa 16/08/2009
Aquila 02/07/2016

4 times
Aquila

3 times
Drago
Giraffa
Leocorno
Lupa
Pantera
Selva

2 times
Bruco
Civetta
Torre

1 time
Chiocciola
Istrice
Nicchio
Onda
Valdimontone

Never
Oca
Tartuca

Last update : 7 december 2019