Tartuca

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    Tartuca
    The Tartuca, or Tortoise, contrada is located in the southeast portion of Siena.  Traditionally, the residents of this portion of the city were sculpters.  Their colors are yellow and blue and the tortoise can often be pictured in a field of daisies.
    The Tartuca contrada has a long history of rivalries with neighboring contrada, Chiocciola, the snail.  Tartuca was the first Siena contrada to commission the sculpting of their own fountain, a symbol representing the traditional gathering spots of these small tight knit commuinties.  The original sculpture, said to lack annimation, did not impress the contrada committee.  Learning of their rivals plans, and this deley, the Chocciola contrada inagurated their own, surprisingly similar, fountain in 1947.  The final version of the Tartuca fountian was installed in 1951, making it not the first, but the second, fountain put to use. 
    The patron saint of the Tartuca is St. Anthony of Padua, and he is celebrated among the community on June 13th every year.  They last won the Palio on June 2nd, 2009 and August 16th, 2010.

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