Contrade Italian Dinnerware is available in all 14 District Designs and each design is available in eight different products. The Ram (Valmontone), for centuries has represented the "Rione del Valmontone" during the Palio horse race. "Rione" stands for Neighborhood. The Contrade Italian Ceramics are handcrafted in Siena, Italy." Valdimontone is situated in the south-east of the city near Porta Romana. Traditionally, its residents were tailors. Valdimontone's symbol is a crowned rampant ram, with a blue shield emblazoned with the letter "u" for Umberto. Its colours are red and yellow, with white trim. It is allied with Onda and opposed to Nicchio, its neighbour. Valdimontone last won the Palio on 16 August 2012. Build your kitchen set today with this Ram Pasta/ Soup Bowl.
During the Renaissance, Italian cities were partitioned into districts or neighborhoods called Contrade to supply troops to the military. Today, the most celebrated Contrade are of Siena, where 17 Contrade, each represented by a symbol or animal, compete in the Piazza del Campo for pride and the glory of winning in a biannual horse race called the Palio di Siena, which dates back to 1656.
In 1986, Walter Staccioli began producing ceramic pieces incorporating the Contrade patterns of Siena. Today, based upon each Contrada’s individual flag that festoons rider and horse in events surrounding the Palio di Siena, Sonia Staccioli and her sister Jada carry on the traditions. These works of art can only be found exclusively at Biordi and the Staccioli workshop at the Piazza del Campo in Siena.
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