THE “CIRCOLO DEGLI UNITI” IN SIENA: THE OLDEST PRIVATE CLUB IN THE WORLD

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Circolo degli Uniti : one of the most exclusive members club in the world that opens its doors to The Italian Eye

The Circolo degli Uniti in Siena or, more simply, ‘The Uniti’, as its members refer to it, is one of the most unachievable members club in the world. Even if during the 40’s the restoration of the statute took off the requirement of being 4 quarters of nobility, among the names on the members showcase, is barely impossible to find somebody, if not noble, at least well-bread. The only requirement that’s still fundamental to be admitted to the 100 members group (maximum number of members allowed) is to have a strong link with the city of Siena.

The Circle of  Uniti, documents and archives in hand, is the oldest members club in Europe. Even if British have always boasted of members club paternity, with Pall Mall that holds some of the most snobbish gentlemen club of Europe, when in 1657 in Siena was born the ‘Società dei signori del casino’ (former name of the club), Pall Mall wasn’t even a distant idea. In that year, 21 noblemen from Siena decided to establish a circle aimed to entertain themselves and their guests with parties and events. This is how the Circle was born.

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