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Twice a year, in July and August, the wide Piazza del Campo in the centre of Siena is transformed into a horse racetrack. 17 different 'contrade' neighbourhoods are represented by decorated silk flags and compete to win the coveted 'Drappellone...more
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Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

This is an extraordinarily event held twice a year in July and August. One must stay in Siena for at least a couple of days before the event in order to fully appreciate this incredible horse race. To start with it’s best to first watch...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nice_FranceMichel
Reviewed November 13, 2018

If you're accustom to regular hose racing then the Palio will make absolutely no sense to you. First, you should watch 'The Palio' on Netflix to see for yourselves that this race is no race for the faint hearted. In this race, the horse that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 2016andiamo
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We were already planning to spend a week in Siena when we found out about the special Palio to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI. We felt fortunate to experience the festivities and learn the history of the race. It was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Andiamo2010
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

We drove to Siena planning to shop and enjoy a good lunch. As we walked through the city, we noticed a great deal of energy, Contrada flags flying brilliantly in the sunlight, almost everyone wearing a contrada scarf around their necks, including babies! We asked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Haebee
Reviewed October 14, 2018

First off, I have to share that I have a dish fetish. I found a store on the piazza that will custom make the exact design of Italian plates that I want. Heaven! Sienna is also the location for a crazy bareback horse riding event...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carol H
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Such atmosphere! We visited late in the afternoon and had drinks and snacks at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the plaza and then returned after dark for a walk around the plaza. A different look at night. Worth both. While there watch a YouTube video of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SteveN136
Reviewed September 21, 2018

I had the privilege to see it in 1998. There has been many rehearsals, fights between rival neighborhood. I remember they organize two each year for centuries. If you are there at these times, do not miss it. You will remember it for the rest...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank martinchris8080
Reviewed August 27, 2018

amazing festival engaging the entire population of Siena ( a beautiful medieval fortressed city)...parades/songs/ medieval costumes/flag bearers and competitors plus an insanely crazy horse race....all intertwined with century old tribal mentality...and then there is the current day bribery, conspiracy etc.... watch "Palio" on Netflix to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Catherine C
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

A large plaza in the centre of Siena. We watched the Palio and had a wonderful time. In its normal operation it is a meeting place for Sienese and tourists alike. Therefore the prices of things increase the closer you get to the Palio. For...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rodneyc692
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Be aware that people book hotels years in advance for this race and after many futile attempts, we gave up and decided we’d try our luck watching from the centre of the piazza (free) and had an amazing experience. We positioned ourselves at the highest...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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gannonbb
May 22, 2017|
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Response from BayArea768 |
The seats should be about 500 to 600 euro for a good balcony with access to a bathroom and water, snacks etc. You should contact a local licensed tour guide. Make sure they are licensed. The good ones have relationships... More
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finbarsmom
May 23, 2016|
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Response from Celestial_Caticorn |
Well, the Palio is free as long as you go in the centre of the square but as for places you will be lucky to see anything if you don't arrive at least a few hours early. The atmosphere is very hot and bustling so be careful... More
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