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|Colors||Blue and yellow|
|Terzo||Terzo di Città|
|Headquarters||Via Tommaso Pendola 21|
|Museum||Via Tommaso Pendola 21|
|Clubhouse||Società “Castelsenio”, Via Tommaso Pendola|
|Oratory||Oratorio di Sant’Antonio da Padova|
|Paitron Saint||Sant’Antonio da Padova (13 june)|
|Enemie(s)||Chiocciola (antecedente il 1652)|
|Allied contrade||Chiocciola (dal 1689 al 1814, dal 1820 al 1840, dal 1866 al 1910)|
Leocorno (dal 1815)
Oca (dal 1933 al 1975)
Onda (dal 1933)
Nicchio (dal 1933)
Selva (dal 1789)
Torre (dal 1689 al 1933)
|Victories||48,5 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 delle Cerchia
- Via di Castelvecchio
- Via Pier Andrea Mattioli
- Via Tito Sarrocchi
- Via Tommaso Pendola
- Via San Pietro (part)
- Via Sant’Agata (part)
- Vicolo di Castelvecchio
- Vicolo del Saltarello
- Vicolo della Tartuca
- Piazza Prato di Sant’Agostino
- Piazza Silvio Gigli
Although there is no absolute certainty about the exact historical origin of the Contrade of Siena, we do know that the Contrada della Tartuca originated from the so-called “contrata di Castelvecchio”, in the oldest part of the city of Siena, probably even of Etruscan origin .
It is certain that as early as the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the inhabitants of Castelvecchio participated in the bullfights (cacce dei tori) and in the “bufalate”, the precursors of the Palio. The symbol was black and yellow, and at that time already had the image of a turtle.
One of the first meetings of the neighborhood took place in the seventeenth century in the then church of the neighborhood, the Chiesa delle Carceri di Sant’Ansano This was dedicated to Ansano di Siena, patron saint of the neighborhood. Tartuca later tried in vain to buy the church from the “Opera del Duomo”. Because this failed, a house was bought in Via delle Murella and they built an Oratory dedicated to Antonio di Padova, the new protector of Tartuca.
Important locations and Festa Titolare
The Oratory of Tartuca is located in the headquarters of the district. The Oratorio di Sant’Antonio da Padova is dedicated to the patron saint of the district, Antonio di Padova. The church was built in the 17th century on the site of an old house that the district had bought. The church is fully built by the tartuchini itself. The designer, Niccolo Franchini, was then a prior of the district.
The baptismal fountain is located in Via Tommaso Pendola, at the intersection with Via San Pietro and was realized in 1951 by Bruno Buracchini.
The Festa Titolare in honor of patron saint Sant’Antonio da Padova is celebrated on 13 June.
Tartuca and the Palio
Tartuca has 48.5 officially recognized victories. The last one was on October 20, 2018, with Andrea Coghe (Tempesta) on Remorex.
Tartuca has won a Cappotto twice. The first in 1886, then in 1933.
On August 16, 1713, Onda won a shared Palio with Tartuca. Onda, with Giovan Battista Pistoi detto Cappellaro on Barberino. He turned the Casato in first position and let his horse roll out. Tartuca came alongside on the finish line.
The victory was attributed to Onda, much to the tartucini’s anger. The Guidici della Corsa now had to judge. They claimed the drappellone back and the decision now had to be made by the Biccherna, the judicial body. On September 10, Marcello Martini of the Biccherna decides that the victory must be shared by both neighborhoods. The drappellone is cut into two equal parts. The sometimes of 40 coins must also be divided.
To this day, this is the only Palio that has been awarded to two neighborhoods.
In the 1930s, Tartuca was a member of the most solid alliance in the history of the Palio, called T.O.N.O., composed of Tartuca, Oca, Nicchio, and Onda.
The alliance came into being in 1927 with the victory of Nicchio in Augutus. The first major successes were achieved in 1928. Oca won in July, Nicchio in August and Onda won the September street scenario. In 1930 it was prize again: Onda won in July and Tartuca won the win in August. 1931 was again for Oca, 1932 for Onda and Nicchio and, to top it all, Tartuca won the Cappotto in 1933.
In 1934 the alliance came to an end when Oca won in August for Nicchio who had a better horse but had to lose because agreements were agreements at the time of the T.O.N.O.
Between August 1927 and 1934, 16 Palios were disputed. T.O.N.O. won 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12 respectively. The rivals none at all.
Rivalry with Chiocciola
The rivalry between Chiocciola and Tartuca is one of the oldest and most deeply rooted in Siena. Moments of enmity alternated moments of friendship and self-alliance. Since 1910, and a victory of Tartuca, we are again in a period of enmity.
In addition, Tartuca grants itself 6 additional Palios, not recognized by the City of Siena:
- 15 agosto 1633
- 2 luglio 1638
- 2 luglio 1643
- 2 luglio 1664 with Mone
- 2 luglio 1670 with Fantino da Monterotondo on Stornello del prete di Monterotondo
- 2 luglio 1682 with Bacchino
Drappelloni and Numeri Unici
Drappellone and Numeri Unici can be found on pages on our Dutch website (pages will open in new tab) :
- 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.
- Tartuca had 23 fantini debut since 1775
- Ganascia won on his debut
- The longest period without a debutant is 31 jaar : 17/8/1845-16/8/1876
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.
Tartuca has never :
- had the cuffia
- won when they were selected as 2nd or 7th (estrazione)
- won starting as rincorsa
- won standing next to Drago or Giraffa at the start
- won a july palio after being extracted together with Aquila or Chiocciola or Drago or Giraffa or Lupa or Onda
- won an august palio after being extracted together with Leocorno or Nicchio or Pantera
- won a palio alla romana
- won a palio when Aquila or Civetta was the rincorsa
Last update : 13 december 2019