Experience an Extraordinary Palio di Siena

Dating back to Medieval times the Palio di Siena normally takes place twice a year, once in July and once in August. This year there is a staging of an Extraordinary Palio on October 20th to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The race is completely unique with jockeys riding bareback in medieval clothing circling the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena.

What is the Palio

The Palio normally takes place twice a year run on July 2nd and August 16th. Riders are dressed in medieval outfits representing a Contrade and ride bareback around the perimeter of the Piazza. A Contrade is a city ward of Siena, of which there are 17, and the rivalry between Contradas is fierce sometimes leading to married couples to “seperate” in the days leading up to the race. Only 10 of the Contradas are represented in each edition of the race with the 7 who did not run in the previous race guaranteed a place and the remaining 3 places decided by a draw between the other 10. Horses and jockeys run around the course a total of 3 times, with Jockeys riding bareback the race can be chaotic which adds to the spectacle. The race is part of a larger pageant which involves a large feast and flag wavers in medieval costume. 40,000 people crowd the Piazza del Campo to watch the spectacle creating an atmosphere that is only matched by high profile Italian football derbies.

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Extraordinary Palio

After a request from the Italian Republic, the Mayor of Siena together with the Contradas of Siena decided to stage an Extraordinary Palio on October 20th to commemorate the end of the First World War. The last extraordinary Palio took place on 9th September 2000 to celebrate the new millenium. Therefore, this extraordinary Palio is a rare event to attend and an unbeatable experience to enjoy the Palio in a different season.

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Apartment View

Instead of being crammed into the middle of the Piazza why not take the opportunity to view the race from a private apartment overlooking the Piazza. The apartment overlooks one of the most dangerous corners of the course where most of the drama takes place. You will enjoy cocktails and refreshments during the afternoon of the race.

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero is a hotel that has been converted from a monastery into a collection of luxury rooms, a world class spa and gourmet dining. You will be able to enjoy a 50 minute spa treatment during your stay at Castel Monastero and have access to the Acqua Benessere which includes a swimming pool with a high saline density for relaxation. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Siena in the world famous Chianti wine region.

Please follow the link for more information on the package that we offer https://www.racingbreaks.com/events/palio-di-siena