Palio di Siena

16 August 2022


This is a bi-annual race which takes place in the charming Piazza Del Campo; the centre square of Siena. The Palio is steeped with history and dates back to medieval times. A thrilling spectacle as jockeys race round the square bareback, using force to push past any opponent who stands in the way.

Packages include an insight into the culture and traditions of this Tuscan town and the race which brings each of the small contrades (city subdivisions) to battle for the ultimate title. Experience a banquet of Tuscan delicacies and listen to stories and tales of times gone by.

Enjoy the luxuries of the Castel Monastero hotel hidden amongst the rolling hills and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside. Relax and enjoy the spa, pool, restaurants, and elegant rooms at this stunning location and prepare for the energetic jamboree that is the Palio di Siena.

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Castel Monastero Experience

Sun 14 Aug 2022 - Wed 17 Aug 2022

  • Apartment Hospitality
  • Castel Monastero Resort

    Three nights accommodation in a Superior Room

  • Experience Includes:
    - Return flights to Pisa or Florence
    - Private airport transfers
    - Dinner at Castel Monastero
    - "Contrada" dinner the night before the Palio
    - Exclusive apartment viewing of the Palio di Siena with Hospitality
    - Wine tasting & tour
    - Spa treatment

per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information

Castel Monastero is a luxury resort in in the middle of the Chianti region, located approximately 30 minutes from Siena. This 11th century monastery has been beautifully converted into a 5* venue in the Tuscan countryside. Stretching out before your eyes are vineyards, woods and fields straight from a Medieval fresco, and a splendid square, with its café, restaurant and even a little church. You’ll soon realise you’re not just in a spectacular room, you're in the heart of the most beautiful part of Italy.

Experience includes

  • Return Flights from the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Castel Monastero
  • Buffet breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in the Contrada Restaurant at Castel Monastero
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Spa treatment at the Castel Monastero Spa
  • 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

Example itinerary

Please find below an example travel itinerary. All trips can be tailored to your individual needs so if you wish to extend your trip, please get in touch.

Sunday 14th August 2022

  • 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 Contrada Restaurant at Castel Monastero.

Monday 15th August 2022

  • 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 unique dinner the night before the main event.

Tuesday 16th August 2022

  • 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 17th August 2022

  • 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.

Your Palio Experience

You will experience the Palio di Siena directly from an apartment overlooking the famous “Piazza del Campo”.

With hospitality included you will enjoy Cocktails and refreshments throughout the afternoon as the anticipation builds for the historic race. You will then taken your place in a window space to watch the action unfold!

Following the conclusion of the race you will be served a light buffet dinner with a selection of local delicacies.

There truly is no better way to experience the excitement of this unique event!

Hotel information

Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Siena, Castel Monastero is a luxury resort in the middle of the Chianti region.

Back in the 11th century it was a monastery surrounded by the peace and quiet of the hills near Siena. It then became a castle and the country residence of the noble Chigi family, and later a romantic hamlet in the Tuscan countryside. The glorious past of Castel Monastero can be seen all around.

To see it for yourself all you have to do is pass through the walls that protect the ancient hamlet and stand in the square lined with splendid buildings. Then step into any of the rooms or suites, or the wonderful detached villa, and revel in the charm, colours and style of real Tuscany.

You are in the heart of Chiantishire. Stretching out before your eyes are vineyards, woods and fields straight from a Medieval fresco, and a splendid square, with its café, restaurant and even a little church. You’ll soon realise you’re not just in a spectacular room, you're in the heart of the most beautiful part of Italy.

Each bedroom is furnished in Tuscan country style with historic materials and precious textiles creating a warm, intimate atmosphere. Every room boasts a magnificent view of the piazza di Castel Monastero or the surrounding countryside.

The resort boasts two restaurants; “Contrada” and “La Cantina”. The former offers gourmet dishes and is a charming, elegant establishment with classic flavours of Tuscan Cuisine. La Cantina has a more relaxed atmosphere and is based in the medieval wine cellars of the resort.

Bedroom Types

Experiences are based on three nights accommodation in a Superior Room. Room upgrades are available as below. Please enquire for more information.

Superior Room: Included within package
Deluxe Room: £100 supplement per person
Prestige Room: £250 supplement per person
Junior Suite: £400 supplement per person
Executive Suite: £900 supplement per person
Royal Suite: £1750 supplement per person

Resort Restaurants

Culture, emotion, memory: these are all found in fine Tuscan cuisine and its wines. They are also found in Castel Monastero and its gourmet restaurants, “Contrada” and “La Cantina”.

Completing the pleasure of a day at Castel Monastero is the tearoom at the spa with its infusions of aromatic herbs grown on the estate, and a wine bar in which the best aperitifs and the most famous labels of Tuscan wines may be sampled.

Contrada Restaurant

Facing the piazza, true to the most authentic Italian tradition, “Contrada” is Castel Monastero’s gourmet restaurant.

The charming, elegant establishment is divided into two lounges, also available for private dinners. On the menu are classic flavours of Tuscan cuisine, re-worked in a modern key. Maximum attention is paid to local products, which are selected directly by our chefs. A delightful tasting of typical wines, oils and cheeses is an opportunity not to be missed.

Dinner in this restaurant is included within your package on your arrival evening.

La Cantina

An evocative setting with a relaxed atmosphere. In the medieval wine cellars of Castel Monastero, where the estate’s Chianti has rested for centuries, a delightful restaurant serving Tuscan cuisine has been opened.

The architecture, with its high vaulted ceilings and visible stone walls, will take you back in time. The dishes are eternal masterpieces of unique Italian tradition: from “pici” pasta with bread and tomato sauce, to Chianina meat. The wine list is extraordinary.

Ideal for a quick lunch or a laid-back dinner.

Flight information

Experiences are based on return flights with Ryanair from London Stansted to Pisa.

Flights are also available from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, London City, Bristol and Manchester.

Please enquire for further information on flight options and timings.

Payment Schedule

All Palio di Siena experiences can be booked with a £200 per person deposit. A further payment of 50% of the total price is due by 30th November 2021 with the final balance then due by the 30th April 2022.

You can make regular payments towards your balance at any stage but we request that the final balance is paid by 30th April 2022.

Payment Schedule
Upon Booking: £200 per person deposit
30th November 2021: 50% of total price
30th April 2022: Final balance

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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


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.