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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July 2nd and August 16th
By reservation only
PRICE INCLUDES: transfer in comfortable coach with loudspeaker system and air conditioning, multilingual travel assistant, guided visit of Siena; 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: Villa Costanza, Florence Coach Station. You can reach this meeting point via the T1 Leonardo tramway to Villa Costanza (get off at the Villa Costanza stop, which is at the end of the line). The ride takes 20 minutes from the city center. 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.