Immerse yourself in the famous Palio of Siena. You will have access to an exclusive environment. Witness a unique and popular event where you can experience all the exciting phases: the preparation, race, and festivities tied to it.
What to Expect
The Palio of Siena is usually held twice a year: July 2nd Palio of July in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano and August 16th Palio of August in honor of the Madonna of the Assumption.
The "Career", as it is traditionally called, is a competition between “Contrade” (each of the seventeen historical divisions within the medieval walls of the city) in the form of a carousel horse of medieval origin.
The history of the Palio of Siena is very detailed and complex and has its roots in a remote age. In Italian cities of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries it was customary to organize horse racing, both as a public spectacle and as a competition between the various horse farms owned by the noble citizens. These origins ideally represent the various pageants that still take place in Italy.
The Palio race is named, not only in Siena, for the prize: the Palio from the Latin pallium (woolen cloak) which was usually a cloth of very fine cloth that was used for different purposes. The race, one of the oldest in the world, takes place in the central square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, unique for its original shell shape and renowned throughout the world for its beauty and architectural integrity. For an old convention the square and the Palazzo Pubblico do not belong to any Contrada.
Watch this fascinating and exciting event from a private and exclusive balcony. The balcony is located on the curve of San Martino, the entry will be allowed to 36 people max. You will be giving a standing room (no seats) and will be required to access to the building by 4:00 pm. The preparatory phase will last about two hours and the race will start around 7:00 pm. You can leave the building only after the conclusion of the race.
During the event, a buffet and an open bar with wine, beers, cocktails, soft drinks, coffee (spirits not included) will be offered to customers. The balcony is located in a building provided with free basic services (toilets, chairs and tables).
In case of rain or bad weather the Palio could be postponed to the following day (very rare case). You will not be granted a refund in case of the client no show.
13.00: Welcome drink
14:00: benediction of the horse
15:00: historic parade
16:00: entrance in Piazza del Campo in your assigned place
It is possible to arrive at 16:00, it is not obligatory to arrive at 13:00 to be present at the ceremony.
- A place in a private balcony at the Curva di San Martino
- Multilingual speaking assistance (English, Spanish, Japanese, Russian Italian)
- Buffet during the event
- Open bar (wine, beers, cocktails, soft drinks, coffee)
What's Not Included
- Transfer from/to hotel
- Guided tour
Know Before You Go
The meeting point will be at Via del Casato di Sotto, 11 where you will get a welcome drink and you will meet the assistants who will take care of you during the whole event.
Because of the limited place availability there are no discounts.
If you need special assistance due to physical disabilities, the supplier cannot guarantee access to the balcony because there are some steps to climb and it will be a standing event.
In case the Palio di Siena is postponed to the day after, your place will be guaranteed but it is not possible to refund the price. Same conditions in the event of cancellation or postponement of further Palio di Siena.