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Siena horse race

Siena horse race, the Palio and the perfect Italian holiday

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Siena horse race

Siena horse race, the Palio and the perfect Italian holiday

Tour Code: E16

The world wide famous Siena horse race, the Palio! Book this amazing experience among our day trips from Florence offers and live in the Middle Ages for a day! It’s not a BBC documentary or a movie on tv: choose your favorite “contrada” (Contradas are districts which had, in the ancient times, their own government, coat of arms, names, sometimes noble titles, emblems and colours, official representatives, patron Saints etc.) and your flag, then enjoy one of the most celebrated events in Italy.

Welcome to Siena! The horse race called “Palio di Siena” is held in the breathtaking Piazza del Campo twice a year, on July 2nd and on August 16th to celebrate respectively the Madonna di Provenzano and the Madonna dell’Assunta (the protector of Siena).  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 district take part to 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 instants, obviously in addition to the race itself, are those which take place slightly before the big event. The “Prova Generale” (the trial run), is the second to last run of the “barberi” (the Sienese name for a horse) before the true Palio, and brings good luck to the team that wins.
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When:

July 2nd and August 16th

Time:

12:30 pm

Length:

10 hours

Price:

€ 100

Note: this tour is not suitable for kids under 12 years old

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: “Stazione Leopolda”, Viale Fratelli Rosselli at the corner with via Elio Gabbuggiani. 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

AVAILABLE LANGUAGES:

English and Spanish from 2 participants onwards.

 
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