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.
Istrice occupies the north-westernmost edge of Siena and contains the San Vincenzo e Anastasio church, home of the city's oldest surviving fresco and burial place of Pinturicchio. Istrice's symbol is a porcupine. Its colours are red, white, blue and black. Its motto is: "Sol per difesa io pungo" (I prick only for self-defense). Istrice has the title of contrada sovrana (sovereign contrada). It was bestowed this title as a result of it headquartering the Sovereign Military Order of Malta during the 14th century.
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
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