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


Sunday 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).

Monday 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.

Tuesday 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.

Wednesday 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


Sunday 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).

Monday 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.

Tuesday 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.

Wednesday 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

    Three nights bed & breakfast in a Junior Suite

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

£2,995.00
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 the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Castel Monastero in a Junior Suite
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in the Gordon Ramsey Restaurant at Castel Monastero
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Access to the “acqua benessere” indoor Spa
  • Dinner in one of the “Contrada” the night before the Palio
  • Access to an exclusive apartment in Siena on the day of the Palio
  • Cocktails and refreshments throughout the afternoon
  • Light buffet dinner following the conclusion of the racing
  • A window space overlooking the Piazza del Campo to watch the historic race

Itinerary


Sunday 30th June 2019

  • Depart on a direct flight from the UK to either Florence or Pisa Airport.
  • Upon arrival you will be met in the arrivals hall and transferred via private car to Castel Monastero.
  • On your arrival evening you will enjoy a dinner in the Gordon Ramsey Restaurant at Castel Monastero.

Monday 1st July 2019

  • Following breakfast you will be collected mid-morning and transferred to a local winery for a tour followed by wine tasting.
  • Upon return to the hotel you can take advantage of your Spa Treatment at the Castel Monastero Spa.
  • That evening you will be transferred to one of the “Contrada” to experience a dinner the night before the main event.

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

  • Today is the day of the Palio - around lunchtime you will be collected and transferred to Siena to take your place in the luxurious apartment overlooking the Piazza del Campo.
  • Cocktails and refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon in the build up to the historic race.
  • You will then take your spot in your window space overlooking the square to take in the Palio di Siena!
  • Following the race you will enjoy a light buffet dinner with a selection of local delicacies.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

  • You will have your final morning at leisure before being collected by private car and transferred back to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

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:

Junior Suite Piazza: £50 per person
Executive Suite: £500 per person
Royal Suite: £1450 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 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.

More information Hide information

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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.

More information Hide information

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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

£2,795.00
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 the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Castel Monastero
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in the Gordon Ramsey Restaurant at Castel Monastero
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Access to the “acqua benessere” indoor Spa
  • Dinner in one of the “Contrada” the night before the Palio
  • Access to an exclusive apartment in Siena on the day of the Palio
  • Cocktails and refreshments throughout the afternoon
  • Light buffet dinner following the conclusion of the racing
  • A window space overlooking the Piazza del Campo to watch the historic race

Itinerary


Wednesday 14th August 2019

  • Depart on a direct flight from the UK to either Florence or Pisa Airport.
  • Upon arrival you will be met in the arrivals hall and transferred via private car to Castel Monastero.
  • On your arrival evening you will enjoy a dinner in the Gordon Ramsey Restaurant at Castel Monastero.

Thursday 15th August 2019

  • Following breakfast you will be collected mid-morning and transferred to a local winery for a tour followed by wine tasting.
  • Upon return to the hotel you can take advantage of your Spa Treatment at the Castel Monastero Spa.
  • That evening you will be transferred to one of the “Contrada” to experience a dinner the night before the main event.

Friday 16th August 2019

  • Today is the day of the Palio - around lunchtime you will be collected and transferred to Siena to take your place in the luxurious apartment overlooking the Piazza del Campo.
  • Cocktails and refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon in the build up to the historic race.
  • You will then take your spot in your window space overlooking the square to take in the Palio di Siena!
  • Following the race you will enjoy a light buffet dinner with a selection of local delicacies.

Saturday 17th August 2019

  • You will have your final morning at leisure before being collected by private car and transferred back to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

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:

Prestige Room: £150 per person
Junior Suite: £300 per person
Junior Suite Piazza: £350 per person
Executive Suite: £800 per person
Royal Suite: £1650 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.

More information Hide information

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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