Palio di Siena

02 July - 16 August 2019

Overview


The Palio di Siena is a race like no other.

This unique event takes place twice annually, with the first race being on 2nd July and the second on 16th August.

The origins of the race are medieval and date back to 1581 meaning there is a huge amount of history and culture surrounding this pinnacle event. Horses and jockeys run three laps around the famous ‘Piazza de Campo’ of Siena, on a temporary sand surface. With nail biting corners and high speeds, there is a much greater risk of riders being unseated however, an unmounted horse is still able to cross the line first and win!

The town of Siena is made up of seventeen ‘contrade’ or city wards that have been rivals for many years. Ten horses are drawn for the race; as a field of seventeen is too many, with jockeys riding bareback and wearing traditional colours of the contrade they represent.

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Tuesday 2nd July 2019

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Palazzo Ravizza 3 Night Package

Sun 30 Jun 2019 - Wed 03 Jul 2019

  • Choose between: Grandstand Standard / Balcony Standard / Grandstand Start-Line / Balcony Start-Line / Window Standard / Window Start-Line
  • Palazzo Ravizza

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Double Room

  • Includes:
    - Return Flights
    - Airport Transfers
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Siena City Tour

£1,795.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Our Palazzo Ravizza package incorporates a 3 night stay in Siena with tickets to the Palio, a Contrada Dinner the night before the racing a museum tour.

Your Package Includes


  • Return Flights from London to Florence
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Three Nights Accommodation at Palazzo Ravizza Hotel in Garden View Room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Siena City tour with entrance to a Contrada Museum
  • Contrada Dinner
  • Grandstand Seating to the Palio di Siena
  • Horse Blessing & Historical Parade on the day of the race

Itinerary


Saturday 30th June 2019

  • Depart from London on a direct flight to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the hotel.
  • The rest of the day at leisure, if desired you could add a cooking class followed by a buffet dinner (more info below).

Sunday 1st July 2019

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena city tour, including an exclusive visit to one of the Contrada museums (morning and afternoon times are scheduled).
  • If desired you could also add on a Chianti Wine tour with a visit and lunch to a historical winery near Siena (more info below).
  • That evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquets, these are invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrade will dine al fresco in their own neighbourhood within the historical city. Between the wine, the food and the friendliest of atmospheres, you will surely begin to understand how the Palio is more than just a horse race.

Monday 2nd July 2019

  • In the morning the final trial race takes place then around 2:30pm individual horse blessings occur and the contradaioli (Contrada members) begin their parade in medieval costume through the city, stopping at various key points to display their colours and flag waving skills.
  • All paths will eventually lead to Piazza del Campo, where in the late afternoon (5:00pm), the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy – Palio di Siena.

Tuesday 3rd July 2019

  • After morning breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and be transferred back to Florence to catch your direct flight back to London.

Additional Options


Chianti Winery Tour The tour is 4 hours, leaving from and returning to Siena. It includes transportation. The tour will include history of the winery, and a cellar visit, plus a tour of the wine production facilities and wine tastings. After the tour, you will be treated to lunch at the winery.

Supplement per person: £85.00

Hotel information


Historical palazzo, considered a superior 3-star with a garden and countryside view. Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast, free WiFi and hotel parking are included. Rooms in the package are with Standard Double w/ garden view; upgrades are subject to availability at the time of our request.

Ticket Information


We offer 3 types of ticket within this package as follows:

Grandstand
Located starting at ground level on the perimeter of the race track and in front of the buildings that surround the track area. There are up to 5 rows of grandstand seating, each with an assigned number. In each category you have “Standard” (away from the start/finish line) and “Start Line” (in the area of the Start/Finish line).

Windows
Within buildings that surround and overlook the Campo; typically located in an apartment, windows are fully opened for viewing the Campo and can be classified as “Standard” (can be shared for total of 4 persons) or “Start Line” (private window for up to 3 persons).

Balcony
Located on the buildings that surround the Campo, offering assigned seated or standing positions.

Flights


Flights within the above package are based on flying from London to Florence however we can also offer an option from Manchester to Pisa if this better suits your requirements.

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Hotel Athena 3 Night Package

Sun 30 Jun 2019 - Wed 03 Jul 2019

  • Choose between: Grandstand Standard / Balcony Standard / Grandstand Start-Line / Balcony Start-Line / Window Standard / Window Start-Line
  • Hotel Athena

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Double Room

  • Includes:
    - Return Flights
    - Airport Transfers
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Siena City Tour

£1,845.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Our Hotel Athena package incorporates a 3 night stay in Siena with tickets to the Palio, a Contrada Dinner the night before the racing a museum tour.

Your Package Includes


  • Return Flights from London to Florence
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Three Nights Accommodation at Hotel Athena in Superior Room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Siena City tour with entrance to a Contrada Museum
  • Contrada Dinner
  • Grandstand Seating to the Palio di Siena
  • Horse Blessing & Historical Parade on the day of the race

Itinerary


Saturday 30th June 2019

  • Depart from London on a direct flight to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the hotel.
  • The rest of the day at leisure, if desired you could add a cooking class followed by a buffet dinner (more info below).

Sunday 1st July 2019

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena city tour, including an exclusive visit to one of the Contrada museums (morning and afternoon times are scheduled).
  • If desired you could also add on a Chianti Wine tour with a visit and lunch to a historical winery near Siena (more info below).
  • That evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquets, these are invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrade will dine al fresco in their own neighbourhood within the historical city. Between the wine, the food and the friendliest of atmospheres, you will surely begin to understand how the Palio is more than just a horse race.

Monday 2nd July 2019

  • In the morning the final trial race takes place then around 2:30pm individual horse blessings occur and the contradaioli (Contrada members) begin their parade in medieval costume through the city, stopping at various key points to display their colours and flag waving skills.
  • All paths will eventually lead to Piazza del Campo, where in the late afternoon (5:00pm), the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy – Palio di Siena.

Tuesday 3rd July 2019

  • After morning breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and be transferred back to Florence to catch your direct flight back to London.

Additional Options


Chianti Winery Tour

The tour is 4 hours, leaving from and returning to Siena. It includes transportation. The tour will include history of the winery, and a cellar visit, plus a tour of the wine production facilities and wine tastings. After the tour, you will be treated to lunch at the winery.

Supplement per person: £85.00

Hotel information


Offers in-house restaurant and rooftop terrace for countryside views. Free buffet available during the Palio dates; located Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast included and free Wifi in lobby areas; hourly charges for room internet service. Hotel parking is included. Rooms in our package are Superior w/ city view; upgrades are also available, subject to availability at the time of your request.

Ticket Information


We offer 3 types of ticket within this package as follows:

Grandstand
Located starting at ground level on the perimeter of the race track and in front of the buildings that surround the track area. There are up to 5 rows of grandstand seating, each with an assigned number. In each category you have “Standard” (away from the start/finish line) and “Start Line” (in the area of the Start/Finish line).

Windows
Within buildings that surround and overlook the Campo; typically located in an apartment, windows are fully opened for viewing the Campo and can be classified as “Standard” (can be shared for total of 4 persons) or “Start Line” (private window for up to 3 persons).

Balcony
Located on the buildings that surround the Campo, offering assigned seated or standing positions.

Flights


Flights within the above package are based on flying from London to Florence however we can also offer an option from Manchester to Pisa if this better suits your requirements.

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Castel Monastero Package

Sun 30 Jun 2019 - Wed 03 Jul 2019

  • Apartment Hospitality
  • Castel Monastero Resort & Spa

  • Includes:
    - Return Flights
    - Airport Transfers
    - Dinner on arrival evening
    - Spa Treatment

£2,495.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Experience the Palio di Siena directly from a window overlooking the famous “Piazza del Campo”.

Castel Monastero offers its guests the unique opportunity to experience the Palio from a truly exclusive position, from the windows of one of the most beautiful apartments overlooking the square.

Your Package Includes


  • Return flights from London City to Florence
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Castel Monastero
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner on arrival evening in the Contrada Restaurant
  • Return transfers to Siena on the day of the Palio
  • A window space overlooking the Piazza del Campo
  • Cocktails and refreshments during the afternoon
  • A light buffet dinner with selection of local specialities following the Palio
  • Welcome amenity in your room upon arrival
  • One Spa treatment per person (50 minutes) at the Castel Monastero Spa
  • Access to the "Acqua Benessere Spa"

Itinerary


Saturday 30th June 2019

  • Depart from London City Airport on a direct flight to to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the hotel.
  • Check-in at the hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
  • Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Sunday 1st July 2019

  • Today you have at leisure, you could take advantage of your inclusive Spa Treatment or perhaps add on a tour of a local winery.
  • In the evening if desired you can add a trip to a Contrada Dinner in Siena. This unique experience offers dinner and entertainment as the atmosphere builds for the race day!

Monday 2nd July 2019

  • You will have the morning at leisure before being collected and transferred into Siena for the Palio at around 3pm.
  • You will enjoy refreshments in the apartment before taking your space at the window to watch the historic Palio di Siena.
  • Follow the Palio you will enjoy a light buffet dinner in the comfort of the apartment.
  • After dinner you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Tuesday 3rd July 2019

  • After breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and be transferred back to Florence to catch your direct flight back to London.

Additional Options


Wine Tour

To enhance your stay why not add a wine tour and tasting locally. This trip includes return transfers and can be enjoyed on Sunday during your trip.

Supplement per person: £75.00

Contrada Dinner

The night before the race members of each of the contrade taking part in the Palio host a dinner which you can be part of. The streets of the various contrade are lit by torches and lanterns, and large, long tables are set up outside square.

The evening is an outdoor celebratory dinner for thousands, served up by the local people of the contrada! There is plenty of food available with pasta, meat, vegetables and, naturally, a good few bottles of local red wine on the side. The atmosphere electric, with flags hung everywhere and lots of loud chanting as the excitement levels rise for the following day!

Supplement per person: £120.00

Hotel information


The Castel Monastero Resort consists of 74 rooms & suites and 1 villa. There are 2 restaurants on site: the gourmet "Contrada" restaurant (in partnership with Gordon Ramsey) and the Tuscan "La Cantina" restaurant located in the hamlet's 13th-century wine cellars.

There is also a bar with outdoor terrace, Spa with 8 treatment rooms, 3 outdoor swimming pools, tennis court, concierge service and Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas.

Upgrade your room

To enhance your stay at the Castel Monastero why not upgrade your bedroom to one of the following categories:

Deluxe Room: £100 per person
Prestige Room: £250 per person
Junior Suite: £400 per person
Junior Suite Piazza: £450 per person
Executive Suite: £900 per person
Royal Suite: £1750 per person

About the Spa


The inclusive Spa Treatment is a 50 minute treatment for face of body, chosen on the advice of staff from the hotel.

The "Acqua Benessere" indoor water area consists of: Finnish Sauna, Turkish Bath, swimming pool with toning hydro massage, swimming pool with high saline density for relaxing, draining effect, Kneipp program, sensorial showers with chromo therapy and natural essences, relax area.

About the Race/Apartment


Your vantage point for the famous Palio Race is from a truly exclusive position, a beautiful apartment overlooking the square. You will have an incredible view of the race including build up starting early afternoon.

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Friday 16th August 2019

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Palazzo Ravizza 3 Night Package

Wed 14 Aug 2019 - Sat 17 Aug 2019

  • Choose between: Grandstand Standard / Balcony Standard / Grandstand Start-Line / Balcony Start-Line / Window Standard / Window Start-Line
  • Palazzo Ravizza

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Double Room

  • Includes:
    - Return Flights
    - Airport Transfers
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Siena City Tour

£1,795.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Our Palazzo Ravizza package incorporates a 3 night stay in Siena with tickets to the Palio, a Contrada Dinner the night before the racing a museum tour.

Your Package Includes


  • Return Flights from London to Florence
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Three Nights Accommodation at Palazzo Ravizza Hotel in Garden View Room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Siena City tour with entrance to a Contrada Museum
  • Contrada Dinner
  • Grandstand Seating to the Palio di Siena
  • Horse Blessing & Historical Parade on the day of the race

Itinerary


Wednesday 14th August June 2019

  • Depart from London on a direct flight to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the hotel.
  • The rest of the day at leisure, if desired you could add a cooking class followed by a buffet dinner (more info below).

Thursday 15th August 2019

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena city tour, including an exclusive visit to one of the Contrada museums (morning and afternoon times are scheduled).
  • If desired you could also add on a Chianti Wine tour with a visit and lunch to a historical winery near Siena (more info below).
  • That evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquets, these are invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrade will dine al fresco in their own neighbourhood within the historical city. Between the wine, the food and the friendliest of atmospheres, you will surely begin to understand how the Palio is more than just a horse race.

Friday 16th August 2019

  • In the morning the final trial race takes place then around 2:30pm individual horse blessings occur and the contradaioli (Contrada members) begin their parade in medieval costume through the city, stopping at various key points to display their colours and flag waving skills.
  • All paths will eventually lead to Piazza del Campo, where in the late afternoon (5:00pm), the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy – Palio di Siena.

Saturday 17th August 2019

  • After morning breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and be transferred back to Florence to catch your direct flight back to London.

Additional Options


Chianti Winery Tour The tour is 4 hours, leaving from and returning to Siena. It includes transportation. The tour will include history of the winery, and a cellar visit, plus a tour of the wine production facilities and wine tastings. After the tour, you will be treated to lunch at the winery.

Supplement per person: £85.00

Hotel information


Historical palazzo, considered a superior 3-star with a garden and countryside view. Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast, free WiFi and hotel parking are included. Rooms in the package are with Standard Double w/ garden view; upgrades are subject to availability at the time of our request.

Ticket Information


We offer 3 types of ticket within this package as follows:

Grandstand
Located starting at ground level on the perimeter of the race track and in front of the buildings that surround the track area. There are up to 5 rows of grandstand seating, each with an assigned number. In each category you have “Standard” (away from the start/finish line) and “Start Line” (in the area of the Start/Finish line).

Windows
Within buildings that surround and overlook the Campo; typically located in an apartment, windows are fully opened for viewing the Campo and can be classified as “Standard” (can be shared for total of 4 persons) or “Start Line” (private window for up to 3 persons).

Balcony
Located on the buildings that surround the Campo, offering assigned seated or standing positions.

Flights


Flights within the above package are based on flying from London to Florence however we can also offer an option from Manchester to Pisa if this better suits your requirements.

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Hotel Athena 3 Night Package

Wed 14 Aug 2019 - Sat 17 Aug 2019

  • Choose between: Grandstand Standard / Balcony Standard / Grandstand Start-Line / Balcony Start-Line / Window Standard / Window Start-Line
  • Hotel Athena

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Double Room

  • Includes:
    - Return Flights
    - Airport Transfers
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Siena City Tour

£1,845.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Our Hotel Athena package incorporates a 3 night stay in Siena with tickets to the Palio, a Contrada Dinner the night before the racing a museum tour.

Your Package Includes


  • Return Flights from London to Florence
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Three Nights Accommodation at Hotel Athena in Superior Room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Siena City tour with entrance to a Contrada Museum
  • Contrada Dinner
  • Grandstand Seating to the Palio di Siena
  • Horse Blessing & Historical Parade on the day of the race

Itinerary


Wednesday 14th August 2019

  • Depart from London on a direct flight to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the hotel.
  • The rest of the day at leisure, if desired you could add a cooking class followed by a buffet dinner (more info below).

Thursday 15th August 2019

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena city tour, including an exclusive visit to one of the Contrada museums (morning and afternoon times are scheduled).
  • If desired you could also add on a Chianti Wine tour with a visit and lunch to a historical winery near Siena (more info below).
  • That evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquets, these are invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrade will dine al fresco in their own neighbourhood within the historical city. Between the wine, the food and the friendliest of atmospheres, you will surely begin to understand how the Palio is more than just a horse race.

Friday 16th August 2019

  • In the morning the final trial race takes place then around 2:30pm individual horse blessings occur and the contradaioli (Contrada members) begin their parade in medieval costume through the city, stopping at various key points to display their colours and flag waving skills.
  • All paths will eventually lead to Piazza del Campo, where in the late afternoon (5:00pm), the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy – Palio di Siena.

Saturday 17th August 2019

  • After morning breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and be transferred back to Florence to catch your direct flight back to London.

Additional Options


Chianti Winery Tour

The tour is 4 hours, leaving from and returning to Siena. It includes transportation. The tour will include history of the winery, and a cellar visit, plus a tour of the wine production facilities and wine tastings. After the tour, you will be treated to lunch at the winery.

Supplement per person: £85.00

Hotel information


Offers in-house restaurant and rooftop terrace for countryside views. Free buffet available during the Palio dates; located Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast included and free Wifi in lobby areas; hourly charges for room internet service. Hotel parking is included. Rooms in our package are Superior w/ city view; upgrades are also available, subject to availability at the time of your request.

Ticket Information


We offer 3 types of ticket within this package as follows:

Grandstand
Located starting at ground level on the perimeter of the race track and in front of the buildings that surround the track area. There are up to 5 rows of grandstand seating, each with an assigned number. In each category you have “Standard” (away from the start/finish line) and “Start Line” (in the area of the Start/Finish line).

Windows
Within buildings that surround and overlook the Campo; typically located in an apartment, windows are fully opened for viewing the Campo and can be classified as “Standard” (can be shared for total of 4 persons) or “Start Line” (private window for up to 3 persons).

Balcony
Located on the buildings that surround the Campo, offering assigned seated or standing positions.

Flights


Flights within the above package are based on flying from London to Florence however we can also offer an option from Manchester to Pisa if this better suits your requirements.

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Castel Monastero Package

Wed 14 Aug 2019 - Sat 17 Aug 2019

  • Apartment Hospitality
  • Castel Monastero Resort & Spa

    Three nights bed & breakfast in a Superior Room

  • Includes:
    - Return Flights
    - Airport Transfers
    - Dinner on arrival evening
    - Spa Treatment

£2,495.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Experience the Palio di Siena directly from a window overlooking the famous “Piazza del Campo”.

Castel Monastero offers its guests the unique opportunity to experience the Palio from a truly exclusive position, from the windows of one of the most beautiful apartments overlooking the square.

Your Package Includes


  • Return flights from London City to Florence
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Castel Monastero
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner on arrival evening in the Contrada Restaurant
  • A window space overlooking the Piazza del Campo
  • Cocktails and refreshments during the afternoon
  • A light buffet dinner with selection of local specialities following the Palio
  • Welcome amenity in your room upon arrival
  • One Spa treatment per person (50 minutes) at the Castel Monastero Spa
  • Access to the "Acqua Benessere Spa"

Itinerary


Wednesday 14th August 2019

  • Depart from London City Airport on a direct flight to to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the hotel.
  • Check-in at the hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
  • Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Thursday 15th August 2019

  • Today you have at leisure, you could take advantage of your inclusive Spa Treatment or perhaps add on a tour of a local winery.
  • In the evening if desired you can add a trip to a Contrada Dinner in Siena. This unique experience offers dinner and entertainment as the atmosphere builds for the race day!

Friday 16th August 2019

  • You will have the morning at leisure before being collected and transferred into Siena for the Palio at around 3pm.
  • You will enjoy refreshments in the apartment before taking your space at the window to watch the historic Palio di Siena.
  • Follow the Palio you will enjoy a light buffet dinner in the comfort of the apartment.
  • After dinner you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Saturday 17th August 2019

  • After breakfast, you will check-out of the hotel and be transferred back to Florence to catch your direct flight back to London.

Additional Options


Wine Tour

To enhance your stay why not add a wine tour and tasting locally. This trip includes return transfers and can be enjoyed on Thursday during your trip.

Supplement per person: £75.00

Contrada Dinner

The night before the race members of each of the contrade taking part in the Palio host a dinner which you can be part of. The streets of the various contrade are lit by torches and lanterns, and large, long tables are set up outside square.

The evening is an outdoor celebratory dinner for thousands, served up by the local people of the contrada! There is plenty of food available with pasta, meat, vegetables and, naturally, a good few bottles of local red wine on the side. The atmosphere electric, with flags hung everywhere and lots of loud chanting as the excitement levels rise for the following day!

Supplement per person: £120.00

Hotel information


The Castel Monastero Resort consists of 74 rooms & suites and 1 villa. There are 2 restaurants on site: the gourmet "Contrada" restaurant (in partnership with Gordon Ramsey) and the Tuscan "La Cantina" restaurant located in the hamlet's 13th-century wine cellars.

There is also a bar with outdoor terrace, Spa with 8 treatment rooms, 3 outdoor swimming pools, tennis court, concierge service and Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas.

Upgrade your room

To enhance your stay at the Castel Monastero why not upgrade your bedroom to one of the following categories:

Deluxe Room: £100 per person
Prestige Room: £250 per person
Junior Suite: £400 per person
Junior Suite Piazza: £450 per person
Executive Suite: £900 per person

About the Spa


The inclusive Spa Treatment is a 50 minute treatment for face of body, chosen on the advice of staff from the hotel.

The "Acqua Benessere" indoor water area consists of: Finnish Sauna, Turkish Bath, swimming pool with toning hydro massage, swimming pool with high saline density for relaxing, draining effect, Kneipp program, sensorial showers with chromo therapy and natural essences, relax area.

About the Race/Apartment


Your vantage point for the famous Palio Race is from a truly exclusive position, a beautiful apartment overlooking the square. You will have an incredible view of the race including build up starting early afternoon.

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Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

There are no specific enclosures as the square is open to the public and there are several viewing points to watch the full race.

We offer packages including seats within the bleachers around the square, and also options to view the race from exclusive apartments overlooking the square.

Dress Codes

What to wear

No formal dress code.

Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

The square of Piazza del Campo is situated in the centre of Siena, Tuscany. The nearest train station is Stazione Ferroviaria Siena. The square is easily accessible by foot.

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