It’s time for Contrada festivals! Summer in Siena is synonymous of Contrada festivals ! The summer season brings with it the desire to stay outdoors, to eat out and enjoy the city as much as possible. And this is precisely the spirit of Contrada festivals that are organized in various Contrada districts of Siena and that take place from May to September.
Every Contrada organizes dinners and wine and food menu, food stands. You can decide to eat at the restaurant, pizzeria or braziers. There is live music, a disco for teenagers and young people and games for the little ones as the “Barberi track”. All contradas do that in order to make attractive these events for tourists and as many people as possible.
Among the main important and well organized Contrada festivals we must remember the “Oliveta” festival which is organized by Chiocciola contrada (the Snail) in the beautiful gardens in the San Marco, the “Bao Bello” festival in the Bruco contrada (the Caterpillar) that is on-going in these days until next Friday, “Eat & Drink” festival in the Tower contrada, “Pania” festival for the Shell contrada, the” Leco in Valle “in Leocorno contrada in August, “Brazier” in Istrice contrada from August 9th till 19th. Then follows the Forest festival from 19th till 24th August, “Under the stars” organized by Lupa contrada and finally there are Pantera and the Eagle festivals.
Generally all these events take place in the gardens of each contrada. Here you can find lots of tables set for dinners in order to welcome tourists or local people who want to have dinner and have good time. You can eat at the restaurant or at the pizzeria or at the so-called “Braciere”. The menus can range from Tuscan specialties, traditional cuisine to rich menus of fish or meat. And waiters are all contrada supporters!!! They work here every day and night for free in order to facilitate the success of the event.
Moreover you can find lots of stands for young people where you can get drinks, beer or eat a burger or a sandwich. And just for teenagers and youngers during the weekend all contradas organize open-air discos. In this way they become a real meeting place for the city night life! There are some bands that play live music and Djs who play disco music. If you want to eat at the restaurant reservation is compulsory unlike the pizzeria or the braciere. The food stands close at 23:00 while the open-air disco or live music in can continue until 1.00.
Here are some of the major events linked to Contrada Festivals, planned for this summer:
Torre Contrada, which is the winner of the last Palio of July 2, with the jockey Andrea Mari called “Brio” and the horse Morositas First, organizes the famous “Eat & Drink” festival from 17th till 24th July. In this way all Tower supporters will continue to celebrate the victory of the Palio!!!! Also here you will find restaurant, pizzeria, food and wine stands, live music and games through the streets of the district. You can have dinner where you prefer and taste grilled meat in the gardens of the contrada and you can drink a beer or eat a hot dog or a hamburger until late at night. For children there is a dedicated space with the race horses track called “Pista dei Barberi” and lots of funny games. For info and reservations, please contact Tower contrada at number 0577-222555.
Nicchio Contrada, with the so called “Pania festival” will organize from August the 49th food and wine fair with dance and musical entertainment. Here you can tast Chianina meat and local fish wich come from Orbetello lagoon. For info and reservations 0577-222666 www.nobilecontradadelnicchio.it
Istrice Contrada organizes the so-called “Brazier” in the Guido Chigi Saracini square, in Porta Camollia with dinners, live music and disco for 10 days non-stop!
Lupa Contrada will organizes the “Under the stars festival” in Fontenuova. This event will take place in a picturesque setting. Don’t miss it!
And you, have you already decided which Contrada Festival in Siena will you participate? Don’t miss them!
Published by Hotel Borgo Grondaie