Palio di Siena

16 August 2018 - 02 July 2019

Overview


The Palio di Siena is a race like no other. This unique event takes place on the 2nd July and a second race takes place on the 16th August with 3 horses drawn at random to enter the second race to make a full field. The town of Siena is made up of seventeen ‘contrade’ or city wards who 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. The origins of this race are medieval and date back to 1581 meaning there is a lot of history and culture surrounding this pinnacle event. Horses and jockeys run three laps around the famous ‘Piazza de Campo’ of Siena, Tuscany on a temporary sand surface and normally lasts around 75 seconds. 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.

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Palazzo Ravizza 3 Night Package

Tue 14 Aug 2018 - Fri 17 Aug 2018

  • Palio di Siena
  • Palazzo Ravizza

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Twin Room

  • Includes:
    - Grandstand Seating
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Siena City Tour

£1,775.00
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


Tuesday 14th August 2018

  • 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).

Wednesday 15th August 2018

  • 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.

Thursday 16th August 2018

  • 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.

Friday 17th August 2018

  • 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: £95.00

Cooking Class

The classes are offered in the historical center of Siena. Typically they begin at approximately 5pm. The class includes professional instruction, recipe booklet, participation in the preparation of the menu entrees and afterwards the enjoyment of your efforts with a three course meal with wine.

Supplement per person: £90.00

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.

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Hotel Athena 3 Night Package

Tue 14 Aug 2018 - Fri 17 Aug 2018

  • Palio di Siena
  • Hotel Athena

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Twin Room

  • Includes:
    - Grandstand Seating
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Siena City Tour

£1,795.00
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


Tuesday 14th August 2018

  • 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).

Wednesday 15th August 2018

  • 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.

Thursday 16th August 2018

  • 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.

Friday 17th August 2018

  • 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: £95.00

Cooking Class

The classes are offered in the historical center of Siena. Typically they begin at approximately 5pm. The class includes professional instruction, recipe booklet, participation in the preparation of the menu entrees and afterwards the enjoyment of your efforts with a three course meal with wine.

Supplement per person: £90.00

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.

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Campo Regio Relais Deluxe Package

Tue 14 Aug 2018 - Fri 17 Aug 2018

  • Palio di Siena
  • Campo Regio Relais

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast. Dinner on one evening.

  • Includes:
    - Reserved Seat
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Chianti Wine Tour

£1,995.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


This Palio di Siena Deluxe Package is based at the Campo Regio Relais and adds a few exclusive excursions on top of our standard package.

Your Package Includes


  • Return direct flights from London City Airport to Florence
  • Private return airport transfers
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at The Campo Regio Relais in a Double Room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 4 hour wine tour in Chianti with private driver
  • Brunello wine tasting with Sommelier
  • Contrada dinner on the night of 1st July
  • Reserved seat to watch the Palio

Itinerary


Tuesday 14th August 2018

  • Depart from London City Airport at 07:05 flying direct to Florence to arrive at 10:20 local time.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to Campo Regio Relais Hotel.
  • At 3:30pm you will be met by your driver/guide at hotel reception ready to depart for your 4 hour tour of the Chianti region. You will visit to a winery producing the famous local red wine Chianti Classico, obtained from Sangiovese grape. You will also visit to small medieval hamlet over looking the vineyards.

Wednesday 15th August 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • You will meet with the Sommelier at Cantina del Brunelle and enjoy a guided tasting of the king of Sangiovese wines; Brunello.
  • At 7:45pm you will see the exit of the horses from “Il Cortile del Podesta” for the trial.
  • This is followed by a trip to a Contrada where you will enjoy an outdoor celebratory dinner, served up by the local people of that Contrada. Streets are lit by torches and lanterns and here you will sense the tension building before the big race!

Thursday 16th August 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure.
  • At 4:00pm you will head to your reserved seats to watch the Palio. There is a Parade at approximately 5:20pm formed by costumed representatives of each Contrada and at 7:30pm the horses exit from “Il Cortile del Podestà” for the race.

Friday 17th August 2018

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • You will have the morning at leisure before being collected around lunchtime to head back to Florence.
  • Depart Florence at 13:05 arriving back into London City Airport at 14:15 local time.

Optional Extras


  • Upgrade your airport transfers to a luxury vehicle
  • Add additional nights accommodation

If you would like a price for any of the above do let us know.

Additional Information


About the Hotel

This elegant B&B on narrow alley in the Centro Storico is a 7-minute walk from both the central Piazza del Campo and the 13th-century Duomo di Siena. It is also only 1 mile away from Siena train station.

Rooms are individually decorated in a refined style and have en suite bathrooms. All feature minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and some include antique furniture. Room service is available. There are 2 upgraded rooms that respectively add a terrace, and a sitting area with a vaulted ceiling.

The house serves a breakfast buffet in a genteel dining room and features a terrace offering sweeping city views. There’s also a cocktail bar and a juice bar.

About the Flights

Flights are operated by BA Cityflyer.

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Castel Monastero 3 Night Package

Tue 14 Aug 2018 - Fri 17 Aug 2018

  • Palio di Siena
  • Castel Monastero

    3 Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Deluxe Room

  • Includes:
    - Apartment View of Palio
    - Contrada Dinner
    - Hotel Dinner on one evening
    - Spa Treatment

£2,395.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


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

Our Palio di Siena Package based at the Castel Monastero Resort combines flights, accommodation, transfers, and access to an exclusive apartment over the looking the main square of Siena where you can take in this famous race!

Your Package Includes


  • Return Direct Flights from London City Airport to Florence
  • Private Return Airport Transfers
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at The Castel Monastero Resort in a Deluxe Room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner on one evening (Castel Monastero wine selection included)
  • Return Transfer 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 event
  • A Spa treatment per person (50 minutes)
  • Access to the "Acqua Benessere" indoor water area of the Spa.

Itinerary


Tuesday 14th August 2018

  • Depart from London City Airport on Tuesday morning flying direct to Florence.
  • Upon arrival you will be met by your driver and taken directly to the Castel Monastero Resort.

Wednesday 15th August 2018

  • Today you have at leisure, you could take advantage of your inclusive Spa Treatment or perhaps arrange a tour of a local winery.
  • Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Thursday 16th August 2018

  • Today is the day of the Palio, you will be transferred to Siena and taken to the luxury apartment where you will watch the famous race from.
  • Enjoy cocktails and refreshments throughout the afternoon
  • Following the race a light buffet dinner will be reserved before you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Friday 17th August 2018

  • You will have the morning at leisure before being collected around lunchtime to head back to Florence.
  • Depart Florence at on Friday afternoon on a direct flight back to London City Airport.

Optional Extras


  • Upgrade your room to: Prestige, Junior Suite, or Executive Suite
  • Add a trip to a local winery (including transfers and lunch)
  • Add a visit to a local "Contrade" on the evening before the Palio
  • Add additional nights accommodation

If you would like a price for any of the above do let us know

Additional Information


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.

About the Hotel

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.

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 Flights

Flights are operated by BA Cityflyer or CityJet.

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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

£1,775.00
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

Cooking Class

The classes are offered in the historical center of Siena. Typically they begin at approximately 5pm. The class includes professional instruction, recipe booklet, participation in the preparation of the menu entrees and afterwards the enjoyment of your efforts with a three course meal with wine.

Supplement per person: £90.00

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.

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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

£1,795.00
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

Cooking Class

The classes are offered in the historical center of Siena. Typically they begin at approximately 5pm. The class includes professional instruction, recipe booklet, participation in the preparation of the menu entrees and afterwards the enjoyment of your efforts with a three course meal with wine.

Supplement per person: £90.00

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.

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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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