The oldest document recording the Palio and the oldest documentations of the Contrade date back to the thirteenth century: Contrada originally meant " a main inhabited street", then "neighbourhood" and finally the association of a district's inhabitants.
The Palio is run twice a year (the 2nd of July and the 16th of August) by 17 contrade: Aquila, bruco, chiocciola, civetta, drago, giraffa, istrice, leocorno, lupa, montone, nicchio, oca, onda, pantera, selva, tartufa, torre.
Nicchio is situated in the far eastern corner of the Siena. Traditionally, its residents worked as potters. Nicchio's symbol is a crowned scallop shell flanked by two branches of coral. Its colours are blue, with yellow and red trim. Nicchio is one of only four nobile (noble) contrade; it earned its title for bravery shown during the Battle of Montaperti against Florence in 1260, when its soldiers led the attack.
Our Italian Ceramic Tiles are imported from Deruta, Italy. The Italian Tiles come in various sizes. All Tiles must be ordered from the factory in Deruta, Italy.
10 x 10 cm (approx. 4 inch)
15 x 15 cm (approx. 6 inch)
20 x 20 cm (approx. 8 inch)
25 x 25 cm (approx. 9.8 inch)
**Samples may be ordered and returned for a refund less shipping if the tiles are in perfect condition. Many times we have samples in stock. Call or email us for availability.
***Not suitable for floors.
Made in Italy.
0.75 cm thick
Preorder From Italy.
Allow 10-12 weeks for delivery.
In stock items will ship immediately from our warehouse in the US.