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Palio di Siena ExperienceItaly

From £823 per person for 2 nights
Get set for Italy’s most famous horse race, in Siena’s main square

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Join the spectators in the medieval town square of Siena for one of the world’s most incredible horse races.


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with airport transfers included
  • Get seated tickets to Italy’s most famous horse race, the Palio di Siena
  • Enjoy an al fresco, pre-race festive dinner in one of the competing cortadas or boroughs (option)
  • Soak up the electric atmosphere of race day in this medieval city and visit Siena’s many excellent museums and galleries


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It’s Italy’s most iconic horse race – a 75-second spectacle in which Siena’s districts (contradas) compete with bare-back jockeys during three, adrenaline-fuelled laps of the Piazza del Campo. On this three-day trip, you’ll join the crowds and experience the electric atmosphere first hand. The race takes place twice a year, on July 2 (to honour the Madonna of Provenzano) and August 16 (to honour the Assumption of Mary), with our experiences covering both events. 


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Though the race is the undoubted highlight, the days surrounding it are also action-packed, with race trials, the flags and banners of the various contradas strewn across alleyways and squares, and festive al fresco dinners in each contrada, when long tables line the streets. All our experiences include seated tickets for the race, as well as the option to upgrade your tickets or attend one of the festive contrada dinners beforehand.


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Welcome to Siena

Touch down in Florence and you’ll be whisked by private transfer to Siena, where preparations for the Palio are already in full flow. After some time to check in and relax at your hotel, you are free to explore this movie-worthy medieval city. During the celebrations, the atmosphere is unlike anywhere else: 40,000 locals watch the proceedings each year, alongside 20,000 visitors. They come to watch the trial races in the Piazza, see all of Siena’s museums and galleries (which open as normal during the festivities) and savour coffees and pastries in perfectly-preserved Gothic squares. As an optional extra, we can arrange hard-to-get access to one the Palio’s famous open-air Contrada dinners, held the night before the proceedings by the boroughs taking part in the race. These invitation-only events are primarily for people who live in the area, and make a fantastically authentic way to kick off your time at the Palio. For related costs, please see the Extras tab. 

Overnight in Siena

We offer a variety of hotel classes to suit different budgets. You can choose the style that’s right for you.
Select from Classic, Premium or Deluxe when booking, and click hotel name below for more details.

Classic - Hotel Minerva

Premium - Hotel Athena

Deluxe - La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort

Meals included: None


Siena Square


Day Two: Prepare for the Palio!

After a free morning to soak up the excitement of race day, it’s time to grab your seats for the Palio, in the Curva Casato seated grandstand. We also offer ticket upgrades to another grandstand or a seat on a balcony (for related costs, please see the Extras tab). Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable afternoon as you watch the dramatic proceedings from your privileged position. 

Overnight in Siena

Classic - Hotel Minerva

Premium - Hotel Athena

Deluxe - La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort

Meals included: Breakfast


Palio Horse Race


Day Three: Arrivederci Siena!

After an action-packed couple of days, return to the airport by private transfer.

Meals included: Breakfast


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Overall meals included: 2 breakfasts

What's included:

  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience:
    call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


GETTING THERE 

Economy flights from London to Florence take around two and a half hours, and cost from around £400 return in July and August.

Experience start point: Florence (FLR)

End point: Florence (FLR)


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditionsClick here for more information.


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Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of these extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Open-air Contrada Dinner

Every Contrada organizes open-air dinners in the streets of their territory. It is possible – with the right connections - to be part of this tradition and attend the dinner to live the spirit of the Palio first hand. This is a unique occasion to lose oneself in this long-standing ritual, together with the contradaioli (the members of the district), and hear from them the true meaning of the Palio for Siena and its people.

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