THE EVENT YOU DON't WANT TO MISS WHILE IN FLORENCE. KEEP IT IN MIND 2nd JULY and 16th AUGUST ONLY!!!
The Palio of Siena is a horse race held twice each year in Siena during which 10 horses and jockeys riding bareback as the Piazza is transformed into a dirt race track.
Along with La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain and "The San Fermin/Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona the Palio is one of the true highlights of the European Summer!
Join the day trip we have organised for you to immerse yourself with the locals, enjoy all of the drama during the race as well as joining the parties afterwards.
The tour departs from Florence at 12 pm by private coach. During the 1h15m ride to reach Siena, your local guide will give you maps, info about the event and the historical town of Siena and most importantly tips from a local point of view about the Senese and their contrade. The Palio is a fantastic event but it's easy to get into a fight without the right recommendations.
Once in Siena, your guide will escort you to Piazza del Campo passing by the major tourists spots where the event takes place. In Siena you will have free time to visit the Cathedral, buy some refreshments or watch the parade along the main streets. We will meet you back again inside the square where 3000 people have gathered to feel excitement of the race growing. Your guide will be at your disposal any time for questions or explanations about the race.
At the end of the race, you will have free time either to follow the celebration of the winning contrada or simply refresh with a beer in the square.
We depart from Siena at 10:30pm. We will get back to Florence before midnight.
|MEETING POINT||in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo|
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||Transport, T-shirt of the event, a fun local guide on board, orientation walk of Siena, maps and info pack and last but not least the opportunity to continue celebrating after the horse race into the evening long after all public transport back to Florence has finished.|
IMPORTANT: if you wish to reserve a seat on the main square where the race takes place,send us an email but keep in mind that the cost is € 300 per person
NOTE: Come to our office the day before the tour to pick up your t-shirt which is recommended to wear the day of the PALIO
CANCELLATION POLICY: : In case of rain or due to the many fake starts of the race, there might be a chance that the Palio horse race in Siena is cancelled by the Senese authorities and postponed to a different day. In this event the tour is not refunded
- PLEASE NOTE:
- TOUR MEETING POINT:
- in front of our office on Via Nazionale 149red opposite Hotel Galileo at 11:45am.
The Palio di Siena is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy during which 10 horses and jockeys riding bareback as the Piazza is transformed into a dirt race track. The jockeys proudly represent the city's different quarters as they compete over 3 laps of the piazza (usually no longer than 90 seconds) for the pride of the city. The Palio has been run on the same dates for centuries and now attracts visitors and spectators from all over the world. Along with La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain and "The San Fermin/Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona the Palio is one of the true highlights of the European Summer! You would have even seen it featured in the James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace!
2nd July 2012
*Meet and greet your tour leader.
*Fun-loving, entusiastic staff
*12pm depart for the beautiful city of Siena, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. During the journey you will be given lots of inside tips and information by your local, expert guide.
*Upon arrival you will be escorted to the Piazza del Campo for the magnificient pre-race pageant,the Corte Storico.
*Enjoy the main event, THE PALIO! Immerse yourself with the locals and enjoy all of the drama during the race as well as joining the parties afterwards.
*Catch the bus safely back to the hostel long after the public transport to Florence has finished.