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A famous horse racing in the Tuscan city of Siena

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A famous horse racing in the Tuscan city of Siena

Tour Code: E16


The Palio, a renowned attraction for numerous travellers, is culture, art, history and folklore in the heart of Tuscany: Siena.

This famous horse race run between the century old Contradas (districts which have their own government, coat of arms, names, sometimes titles of nobility, emblems and colours, official representatives, festivities, patron Saints etc.) of the city is held in the breathtaking Piazza del Campo twice a year, on July 2nd and on August 16th to celebrate the Madonna di Provenzano (the protector of Siena) and the Madonna dell’Assunta, respectively. So many remarkable moments make up the days in which the Palio is held, but the ones  that come immediately before the race are the most memorable.

The people from each Contrada take part in the festivities, and so will you. Each Contrada is like a large family and strong feelings of belonging and kinship exist within its members, therefore, the most exciting moments, obviously in addition to the race itself, are those which take place slightly before the big event, especially the night before. The “Prova Generale” (the trial run), is the second-last run of the “barberi” (the Sienese name for horses) before the true Palio, and brings good luck to the Contrada that wins.



July 2nd and August 16th


12:30 pm


10 hours


€ 80


Balcony or bleacher place extra charge € 450 per person.

By reservation only

PRICE INCLUDES: transfer in comfortable coach with loudspeaker system and air conditioning , multilingual travel assistant, guided visit of Siena; blessing of the horse; access to the square to watch the race, dinner.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE what is not explicitly specified in the price includes. 

MEETING POINT: inside Santa Maria Novella train station, in front of the pharmacy, or pick up in hotel when possible (no drop off). Participants are requested to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

NOTE: this tour is not suitable for kids under 3 years old


English and Spanish from 2 participants onwards.

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