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Attending the Siena Palio Horse

Break Available: 30 June - 3 July and 14 - 17 August 2019
3 nights

Price per person: From £1,490

Participating in the spectacle of the Palio Siena Horse Race is an opportunity to peer into the heart and soul of Italy. 700 years of history, Italian rivalry and passion is there for everyone to see and experience on 2 spectacular days every year.

The Palio occurs on the 2nd July and the 16th August. An exciting and unusual short break, where you can immerse yourself in all things Palio.

Highlights

  • Exclusive Siena Palio horse race viewing positions. Option of balcony, GrandStand or window viewing
  • Attending the Palio trials where the jockeys, horses and contradas are selected
  • Participation in Contrada open-air dinner
  • Guided introduction to Palio including seeing Church Horse Blessing and Contrada Museum
  • 3 Nights in a hotel within 5-10mins walk of the Campo (the race)
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 

DAY 1: 30 June / 14 August
Fly to Pisa and Private Transfer to Siena for your Palio di Siena break.

DAY 1: 30 June / 14 August
Fly to Pisa and Private Transfer to Siena for your Palio di Siena break.

Fly into Pisa airport where your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Siena.

Alternatively, if you wanted to have a hire car and spend some time exploring Tuscany, please let us know and we can arrange this for you.

Both Palazzo Ravizza and Hotel Athena are located around 5-10 mins from the Campo, where the historical Palio race takes place from. The hotels offer stunning views and good service.

Rest of day at leisure to settle in.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Siena Private Airport Transfers
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Siena Private Airport Transfers

For those of you who do not wish to self drive it is possible to upgrade to private transfers instead. Sit back and relax while your private driver transfers you to your destination in an air conditioned car.

Price per person: From £260

Tuscany Region
Tuscany Region
Tuscany region

DAY 2: 1 July / 15 Aug
Palio Trials and Contrada open air dinner

DAY 2: 1 July / 15 Aug
Palio Trials and Contrada open air dinner

Morning is at leisure.

This afternoon your guide will meet you at the hotel where, in your small group (maximum of 8 people), you will have a guided introduction to Siena and the Palio. Then be taken to the terrace, which affords incredible views over Siena. Witness the trials where the jockeys race the horses around the campo. This ensures the judges can choose the right jockeys and horses for the main event tomorrow.

After this event participate in one of the authentic open-air dinners hosted by the ladies of the different Contradas (districts) to celebrate the Palio race taking place tomorrow.

This atmospheric outdoor event captures the excitement of the Palio build up, and many of our clients will adopt that contrada for the Palio race. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to be surrounded by the local Sienese and feel their excitement at what is about to unfold.

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DAY 3: 2 July / 16 Aug
Attend The Siena Palio 2019

DAY 3: 2 July / 16 Aug
Attend The Siena Palio 2019

Morning at leisure.

Early afternoon your guide will meet you in the campo and continue and walk with you through the streets, to ensure you witness the traditional build up to the event, and the colourful historical parades walking through the centre of the town. You might even get to see a blessing of the horse in a Contrada church!

Be taken to your seats where the parades and then the historical Siena Palio horse race takes place.

Please see the short video opposite for a sample of this fantastic event.

We have four options for viewing the Siena Palio.

1. On the Terrace you can see 80% of the race from a birds eye view of the Palio Horse race. The terrace is 5 floors above the campo.

2. The Balconies are right on the square with a superb vantage point, overlooking the Campo at the Casato bend, so you have the perfect view from which you will be able to see close up the Palio race. You can immerse yourself in the passionate atmosphere and unfolding spectacle taking place in front of you.

3. The GrandStands offer the opportunity to sit with the Sienese and be at the heart of the passion and electric atmosphere. The GrandStands are closest to the track with all the drama that that provides.

4. The Windows provide the chance to watch from a private apartment. They are above the balconies and some are located above the Mossa (start and finish line).

After dinner (not included) we suggest you visit the victorious Contrada, where you can join in the celebration with the people. Flags, colours and singing will be the order of the night.

Photos 1, 2 & 4 opposite are copyrighted to Chrys Tremththanmor.

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Day 4: 3 July / 17 Aug
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home after your Siena Palio break.

Day 4: 3 July / 17 Aug
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home after your Siena Palio break.

At leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home, after experiencing the Siena Palio.

Alternatively, if your flight is not until mid afternoon, why not spend some time exploring The Leaning Tower of Pisa en route to the airport. Please see Optional Extras below for more information.

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  • Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer
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Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer

Today, if you have a late afternoon flight, why not have some time in Pisa to explore. Our private driver can collect you from your hotel and take you to Pisa where you have 3hrs to wander and explore. The driver will hold onto your luggage while you do so.

The Pisa complex has quite a bit to see. Start with the iconic Leaning Tower and see if you can resist taking the photo all tourists take – “holding” the building up! Then explore the church, museums and various outbuildings, the last of which includes some interesting frescos on Heaven and Hell.

Then meet your driver for your onwards travel to Pisa airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person: From £125

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Palazzo Ravizza

Palazzo Ravizza, Siena
Palazzo Ravizza standard room, Siena
Palazzo Ravizza garden, Siena
Palazzo Ravizza cellar, Siena

Palazzo Ravizza

This hotel, situated in Siena, combines the character of an 18th century home with the luxuries of a modern hotel.

18th century furniture adorns the numerous sitting rooms, as well as original works of art and sketches of famous travellers from the Grand Tour.

Perched above the surrounding Tuscan hillside, the grounds offer guests a breathtaking backdrop. With many tables and comfortable arm chairs scattered throughout the hotel gardens, there is room for contemplation or celebration. Parking is available at the hotel.

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Hotel Athena

Hotel Athena, Siena
Hotel Athena deluxe room, Siena
Hotel Athena restaurant, Siena
Hotel Athena view, Siena

Hotel Athena

The Hotel Athena is located in the historic centre of Siena, approximately 500 metres from the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, in a quiet and easily accessible area with a wonderful panorama.

The property is a fully air-conditioned hotel, with all the necessary comforts for a relaxing stay including a bar and a good restaurant. Parking is available at the hotel.

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Optional Extras
Siena Private Airport Transfers
Tuscany Region

For those of you who do not wish to self drive it is possible to upgrade to private transfers instead. Sit back and relax while your private driver transfers you to your destination in an air conditioned car.

Price per person: From £260

Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer

Today, if you have a late afternoon flight, why not have some time in Pisa to explore. Our private driver can collect you from your hotel and take you to Pisa where you have 3hrs to wander and explore. The driver will hold onto your luggage while you do so.

The Pisa complex has quite a bit to see. Start with the iconic Leaning Tower and see if you can resist taking the photo all tourists take – “holding” the building up! Then explore the church, museums and various outbuildings, the last of which includes some interesting frescos on Heaven and Hell.

Then meet your driver for your onwards travel to Pisa airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person: From £125

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Price per person: From £1,490
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Terrace Viewing of the Trials
  • Terrace Viewing of the Palio
  • Local Sienese guide providing a full Introduction of the Palio
  • Participation  of open-air Contrada dinner
  • Centrally located Accommodation within the city walls
  • Private airport transfers
  • Flights

Departure airports:

  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Many regional airports

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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Reviews & Feedback

Reviews & Feedback

We had a very enjoyable weekend. The informative guide took us to places we couldn't have reached on our own and we picked up a lot of the history about the race. The travel arrangements worked well and the Palazzo Ravizza Hotel was excellent.

Graham

I have wanted to go to the Palio for years and I wasn’t disappointed. A wonderful trip and an incredible experience, and it was great to be part of the build-up. Our seats were excellent - in the shade and able to see the start and finish.

Peter

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