Siena's Palio: The 400-year-old Thrilling Horse Race

Siena (Tuscany)
The Palio occurs just twice each summer, on July 2nd and August 16th, and the pure excitement of this festival that has survived almost intact from the Middle Ages is unequaled in Italy. Share in the excitement by booking a reserved seat in the beautiful, shell-shaped Campo and choose just how close to the action you wish to be. You'll have a great view of the historical parade in which the costumed members of the 17 medieval contrade, or city wards, parade through the piazza along with their...
The Palio occurs just twice each summer, on July 2nd and August 16th, and the pure excitement of this festival that has survived almost intact from the Middle Ages is unequaled in Italy.

Share in the excitement by booking a reserved seat in the beautiful, shell-shaped Campo and choose just how close to the action you wish to be. You'll have a great view of the historical parade in which the costumed members of the 17 medieval contrade, or city wards, parade through the piazza along with their assigned horse and the sbandieratori (flag throwers) who launch their colorful banners into the air.

Then, at the stroke of 7:00pm, the ten chosen horses line up at the starting line and the race begins -- three laps around the piazza; don't blink or you might miss it because this thrilling, bareback race lasts only 90 seconds!

For the citizens of Siena, the Palio is all about neighborhood pride and rivalry, and it is the continuation of a centuries-old tradition associated with religion and honor. Who will prove victorious? Which lucky horse will be the town hero? Root for your favorite contrada and absorb the rare atmosphere of Siena during its annual horse race!

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Pricing at a Glance:

Casato Balcony
Seats are located at the 2nd turn before returning to the starting line.
$764.00 per person
Fonte Gaia Palco
Seats are located in the grandstands after the horses have left the starting line.
$669.00 per person
Fonte Gaia Balcony
Seats are located in the area as the horses leave the starting line.
$764.00 per person
Mossa Palco
Seats are located in the grandstands right in front of the starting line.
$860.00 per person

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Visitors need to be in their seats by 4:00pm when the parade begins; the race itself starts around 7:00pm. On...

Additional Information

Choose your seat from one of 3 options for the 2014 race: Grandstand Seats at the Start/Finish line Grandstand Seats away from the Start/Finish line; Window view from a private apartment on the Campo Please note that the apartment has a total of 4 large windows, and each window allows up to 4 persons...

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Due to the nature of the event, tickets, once purchased cannot be refunded for any reason. Weather conditions are also excluded.

Address

Piazza del Campo, Siena

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