Siena, 1 December 2021
Rector of the Magistrate of the Contrade Claudio Rossi, today will be a feast of Sant’Ansano, patron saint of Siena, which marks the return to normality.
“After the lunch of the priors with the authorities, at 5 pm there will be a meeting in front of the Municipality with standard bearers and drummers. Then the procession will go to the Cathedral, as per tradition. Here Cardinal Lojudice will celebrate mass. Obviously as regards the number. of the people who may be present inside the Cathedral, conditions remain “.
Will this be the last Sant’Ansano as rector for Rossi who is honoring del Drago? There is talk of a passing of the baton to his vicar Sani.
“There is the commission that is working. We will see what the outcome of the consultations will be.”
What does this party taste like?
“Bittersweet, I would say. In the sense that you think you have gotten through the worst part of the pandemic, that’s actually the way it is for me. At the same time, however, you don’t see the bright light. The bitterness, I mean, is linked to the fact that not we see the complete solution of the problem. It is clear that a very important step forward has been made with vaccinations, but there is still a lot to fight “.
A complex year 2021: what was the m more difficult omentum?
“The start with the Contrada clubs closed after a season in which it was hoped to have overcome the worst. Psychologically it was the worst. With the passage of time, then, they accept them, they are tolerated worse and worse. We have however made progress. carrying out the titular parties, some Sisters made the Giro. To do what and how, here are the questions that have engaged us to find points of synthesis that have allowed us to remain united “.
Everyone’s hope is to see the tuff in the square again in 2022. To date, how much would the carrying out of Careers give? 50%?
“I feel more optimistic, I would say something more!”.
The Contrade, after two years without the Palio, are experiencing a delicate moment. And there are also those who enjoy spreading false news about infections in the district, see the recent case of the Istrice.
“We are in a social world that thrives on many fake news. The tools of modernity have given us the possibility of being able to spread inappropriate messages and videos and, unfortunately, with today’s media, they spread with oil in a few seconds. And when they are totally invented it doesn’t help anyone. It’s a game that many like, the reasons can be of various kinds. You have to be vigilant but there are no tools to avoid it “.
Train ourselves to scrupulously apply the rules to be ready in July.
“It is right to do it, it represents the only way to return to a normal contradaiola life. First of all by getting vaccinated, according to the indications. I invite you to do it to be as calm as possible”.
To prefect and quaestor, what request do the honors of the contradaiolo new year make at the beginning?
“To carry out the process together and to have the opportunity to talk peacefully about everything, as I would say we are doing lately. Mutual collaboration to solve the problems that we may find ourselves in front of”.
What is a priority for the future?
“The renewal of the costumes that are now 22 years old. A very present question for the priors who have in fact set up a small fund dedicated to the Magistrate but we are still far from the demanding economic goal. It is right that we know, however, that the mountains are starting to have serious problems “.
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