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Palio of Siena

Twice each year in the heart of Tuscany the Palio of Siena horse race is run against the stunning backdrop of Siena's Piazza del Campo. This story allows guests to immerse themselves in the history, traditions and medieval fanfare of the event while learning and fully appreciating Siena's oldest tradition. After a private walking tour of Siena, witness the sacred 'Blessing of the Horse'. Then, your guide will lead you to your outdoor seat near the 'mossa' (starting line) in Piazza del Campo - the perfect vantage point from which to take in the costumes, music and flag-throwing events that make up the Corteo Storico.

After the conclusion of the Corteo, you'll hold your breath as the starting lineup is drawn and the horses are ridden into the piazza. You'll watch in awe and cheer for your favourite contrada as the race begins. At the conclusion of the race, your guide will help you join in the revelry and will then lead you to an historic restaurant in Piazza il Campo where you'll enjoy an authentic Tuscan dinner, right beside the track.

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Siena
1 to 8 people
10 hrs
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Twice each year in the heart of Tuscany the Palio of Siena horse race is run against the stunning backdrop of Siena's Piazza del Campo. This story allows guests to immerse themselves in the history, traditions and medieval fanfare of the event while learning and fully appreciating Siena's oldest tradition. After a private walking tour of Siena, witness the sacred 'Blessing of the Horse'. Then, your guide will lead you to your outdoor seat near the 'mossa' (starting line) in Piazza del Campo - the perfect vantage point from which to take in the costumes, music and flag-throwing events that make up the Corteo Storico.

After the conclusion of the Corteo, you'll hold your breath as the starting lineup is drawn and the horses are ridden into the piazza. You'll watch in awe and cheer for your favourite contrada as the race begins. At the conclusion of the race, your guide will help you join in the revelry and will then lead you to an historic restaurant in Piazza il Campo where you'll enjoy an authentic Tuscan dinner, right beside the track.

This story can be aranged as a standalone experience or we can organize it as part of a longer customized itinerary our team would craft for you. Once selected, the concierge team will work with you to discuss and plan a suitable program as per your requirements

Participants

Group size: 1 to 8 people Prior Experience: No prior experience required. Family Friendly: This story is not suitable for children under the age of 6 as it includes walking, sitting and waiting for long periods of time without the option of exiting, etc.

Timing & Duration

Duration: 10 hrs Timing: 1:30pm to 11:30pm

Practical

Etiquette: Please follow instructions carefully What to wear: Casual chic with comfortable walking shoes. Some participants may want to wear or bring a hat as you may be exposed for periods of time to direct sunlight without shade. Wearing your favourite contrada's 'fazzoletto' or colours will always be appreciated. What to bring: Please bring a camera, sunscreen, and a bottle of water for the walking tour. You may want to also bring a snack as dinner will not be served until later in the evening.

Availability

Frequency: Yearly on July 2nd and August 16th. Lead time: 2 months

Small Print

Cancellation: Cancellations up to 30 days before the event are entitled to a 100% refund. Cancellations with less than 30 days' notice are subject to a 100% penalty. Modifications: Modifications are possible subject to case by case review and approval, and cannot be guaranteed. Surcharges may apply. No Show: In the event of a no show, guests will be charged a 100% penalty.

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Siena, a city in Italy’s central Tuscany, distinguished by its medieval brick buildings.
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