Palio di Siena

02 July - 16 August 2020

Overview


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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Thursday 2nd July 2020

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Palazzo Ravizza 3* Package

Tue 30 Jun 2020 - Fri 03 Jul 2020

  • Grandstand Seats
  • Hotel Palazzo Ravizza

    Three nights bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Includes:
    - Return flights to Pisa or Florence
    - Private airport transfers
    - "Contrada" dinner the night before the Palio
    - Grandstand seats to watch the Palio
    - Siena City Tour

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

Package information


Experience the thrill of the unique Palio di Siena along with all the build up by staying in the centre of this historic city. This package includes flights, transfers, accommodation and grandstand tickets to the race on Thursday 2nd July 2020.

Package includes


  • Return Flights from the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Hotel Palazzo Ravizza
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in one of the “Contrada” the night before the Palio
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum Tour
  • Horse Blessing
  • Historical Parade
  • Grandstand Seats to the Palio di Siena

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.

Tuesday 30th June 2020

  • 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 the hotel.
  • The remainder of the day you will have at leisure to explore the city and head out for dinner.

Wednesday 1st July 2020

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena City Tour with a visit to the Contrada Museum.
  • You may also like to include a Chianti Wine Tour which can be added to your package (more information below).
  • Later in the evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquet dinners, the invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrada 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 2nd July 2020

  • Today is a day full of Palio related activities, before the final race in the evening.
  • The morning brings the final trial race, then there are opportunities abound as the individual horse blessings begin to take place and a small group of 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, the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy - the Palio di Siena!

Friday 3rd July 2020

  • 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.

Chianti Winery Tour


If desired you can add a fantastic Chianti Wine Tour to your package. This 4 hour tour includes return transportation from Siena. 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.

Price per person: £100.00

Hotel information


The historical Palazzo Ravizza is considered a superior 3* property with a garden and countryside view. Located inside the historical city walls it is within walking distance from Piazza del Campo and is the one of the only charming relais in the heart of Siena with private parking on site and a blooming garden with panoramic view on Sienese hills, a privilege for guests.

The hotel, furthermore, is provided with amazing rooms that maintain the style and the classic ambience of a historic dwelling. Rooms in the package are standard with garden views but upgrades can be arranged subject to availability.

Additional information


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy for £2,445.00.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay in Siena by adding additional nights accommodation on a B&B basis for £135.00 per person.

Grandstand Seat Upgrades
Upgraded tickets are available with seats located on the start line as well as balcony and window options. Please enquire for further information.

Flights


Flights within the package are inclusive of cabin baggage only. Additional hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Please note, flights from some airports may incur a supplement.

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Relais degli Angeli 4* Package

Mon 29 Jun 2020 - Fri 03 Jul 2020

  • Grandstand Seats
  • Relais degli Angeli 4*

    Four nights bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Includes:
    - Return flights to Pisa or Florence
    - Private airport transfers
    - "Contrada" dinner the night before the Palio
    - Grandstand seats to watch the Palio
    - Siena City Tour

£2,695.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Experience the thrill of the unique Palio di Siena along with all the build up by staying in the centre of this historic city. This package includes flights, transfers, accommodation and grandstand tickets to the race on Thursday 2nd July 2020.

Package includes


  • Return Flights from the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation at Relais degli Angeli 4*
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in one of the “Contrada” the night before the Palio
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum Tour
  • Horse Blessing
  • Historical Parade
  • Grandstand Seats to the Palio di Siena

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.

Monday 29th June 2020

  • 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 the hotel.
  • The remainder of the day you will have at leisure to explore the city and head out for dinner.

Tuesday 30th June 2020

  • A day at leisure in Sienna. Trial races will take place in the morning and in the evening (reserved tickets are offered for a supplement).

Wednesday 1st July 2020

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena City Tour with a visit to the Contrada Museum.
  • You may also like to include a Chianti Wine Tour which can be added to your package (more information below).
  • Later in the evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquet dinners, the invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrada 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 2nd July 2020

  • Today is a day full of Palio related activities, before the final race in the evening.
  • The morning brings the final trial race, then there are opportunities abound as the individual horse blessings begin to take place and a small group of 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, the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy - the Palio di Siena!

Friday 3rd July 2020

  • 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.

Chianti Winery Tour


If desired you can add a fantastic Chianti Wine Tour to your package. This 4 hour tour includes return transportation from Siena. 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.

Price per person: £100.00

Hotel information


Right in the heart of Siena, an elegant period residence that offers the chance of a special stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

An ancient noble palace is today the home of “Relais degli Angeli”, and opens its doors to guests looking to experience accommodation just a few steps away from Piazza del Campo. This exceptional location will welcome you in luxurious rooms with frescoed ceilings and precious finishes, for an unforgettable break.

Breakfast, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV included.

Additional information


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy for £3,355.00.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay in Siena by adding additional nights accommodation on a B&B basis for £220.00 per person.

Grandstand Seat Upgrades
Upgraded tickets are available with seats located on the start line as well as balcony and window options. Please enquire for further information.

Flights


Flights within the package are inclusive of cabin baggage only. Additional hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Please note, flights from some airports may incur a supplement.

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Castel Monastero 5* Package

Tue 30 Jun 2020 - Fri 03 Jul 2020

  • Apartment Hospitality
  • Castel Monastero Resort 5*

    Three nights accommodation in a Superior Room

  • 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

£2,895.00
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.

Package 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.

Tuesday 30th June 2020

  • 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.

Wednesday 1st July 2020

  • 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.

Thursday 2nd July 2020

  • 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.

Friday 3rd July 2020

  • 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 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

Additional information on the room types available at the Resort can be found in our brochure (link at top of page). Supplements to upgrade to these room types can be found below (all prices based on a 3 night stay).

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.

Flights


Flights within the package are inclusive of cabin baggage only. Additional hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Please note, flights from some airports may incur a supplement.

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Sunday 16th August 2020

Ticket & Hotel Packages

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Palazzo Ravizza 3* Package

Fri 14 Aug 2020 - Mon 17 Aug 2020

  • Grandstand Seats
  • Hotel Palazzo Ravizza

    Three nights bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Includes:
    - Return flights to Pisa or Florence
    - Private airport transfers
    - "Contrada" dinner the night before the Palio
    - Grandstand seats to watch the Palio
    - Siena City Tour

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

Package information


Experience the thrill of the unique Palio di Siena along with all the build up by staying in the centre of this historic city. This package includes flights, transfers, accommodation and grandstand tickets to the race on Sunday 16th August 2020.

Package includes


  • Return Flights from the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation at Hotel Palazzo Ravizza
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in one of the “Contrada” the night before the Palio
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum Tour
  • Horse Blessing
  • Historical Parade
  • Grandstand Seats to the Palio di Siena

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.

Friday 14th August 2020

  • 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 the hotel.
  • The remainder of the day you will have at leisure to explore the city and head out for dinner.

Saturday 15th August 2020

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena City Tour with a visit to the Contrada Museum.
  • You may also like to include a Chianti Wine Tour which can be added to your package (more information below).
  • Later in the evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquet dinners, the invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrada 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.

Sunday 16th August 2020

  • Today is a day full of Palio related activities, before the final race in the evening.
  • The morning brings the final trial race, then there are opportunities abound as the individual horse blessings begin to take place and a small group of 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, the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy - the Palio di Siena!

Monday 17th August 2020

  • 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.

Chianti Winery Tour


If desired you can add a fantastic Chianti Wine Tour to your package. This 4 hour tour includes return transportation from Siena. 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.

Price per person: £100.00

Hotel information


The historical Palazzo Ravizza is considered a superior 3* property with a garden and countryside view. Located inside the historical city walls it is within walking distance from Piazza del Campo and is the one of the only charming relais in the heart of Siena with private parking on site and a blooming garden with panoramic view on Sienese hills, a privilege for guests.

The hotel, furthermore, is provided with amazing rooms that maintain the style and the classic ambience of a historic dwelling. Rooms in the package are standard with garden views but upgrades can be arranged subject to availability.

Additional information


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy for £2,445.00.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay in Siena by adding additional nights accommodation on a B&B basis for £135.00 per person.

Grandstand Seat Upgrades
Upgraded tickets are available with seats located on the start line as well as balcony and window options. Please enquire for further information.

Flights


Flights within the package are inclusive of cabin baggage only. Additional hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Please note, flights from some airports may incur a supplement.

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Relais degli Angeli 4* Package

Thu 13 Aug 2020 - Mon 17 Aug 2020

  • Grandstand Seats
  • Relais degli Angeli 4*

    Four nights bed & breakfast accommodation

  • Includes:
    - Return flights to Pisa or Florence
    - Private airport transfers
    - "Contrada" dinner the night before the Palio
    - Grandstand seats to watch the Palio
    - Siena City Tour

£2,695.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Package information


Experience the thrill of the unique Palio di Siena along with all the build up by staying in the centre of this historic city. This package includes flights, transfers, accommodation and grandstand tickets to the race on Thursday 2nd July 2020.

Package includes


  • Return Flights from the UK to either Florence or Pisa
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation at Relais degli Angeli 4*
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner in one of the “Contrada” the night before the Palio
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum Tour
  • Horse Blessing
  • Historical Parade
  • Grandstand Seats to the Palio di Siena

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.

Thursday 13th August 2020

  • 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 the hotel.
  • The remainder of the day you will have at leisure to explore the city and head out for dinner.

Friday 14th August 2020

  • A day at leisure in Sienna. Trial races will take place in the morning and in the evening (reserved tickets are offered for a supplement).

Saturday 15th August 2020

  • Today you will enjoy a Siena City Tour with a visit to the Contrada Museum.
  • You may also like to include a Chianti Wine Tour which can be added to your package (more information below).
  • Later in the evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquet dinners, the invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrada 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.

Sunday 16th August 2020

  • Today is a day full of Palio related activities, before the final race in the evening.
  • The morning brings the final trial race, then there are opportunities abound as the individual horse blessings begin to take place and a small group of 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, the formal historical parade will begin. This colourful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy - the Palio di Siena!

Monday 17th August 2020

  • 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.

Chianti Winery Tour


If desired you can add a fantastic Chianti Wine Tour to your package. This 4 hour tour includes return transportation from Siena. 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.

Price per person: £100.00

Hotel information


Right in the heart of Siena, an elegant period residence that offers the chance of a special stay in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

An ancient noble palace is today the home of “Relais degli Angeli”, and opens its doors to guests looking to experience accommodation just a few steps away from Piazza del Campo. This exceptional location will welcome you in luxurious rooms with frescoed ceilings and precious finishes, for an unforgettable break.

Breakfast, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV included.

Additional information


Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy for £3,355.00.

Additional Nights
Extend your stay in Siena by adding additional nights accommodation on a B&B basis for £220.00 per person.

Grandstand Seat Upgrades
Upgraded tickets are available with seats located on the start line as well as balcony and window options. Please enquire for further information.

Flights


Flights within the package are inclusive of cabin baggage only. Additional hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Please note, flights from some airports may incur a supplement.

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Castel Monastero 5* Package

Fri 14 Aug 2020 - Mon 17 Aug 2020

  • Apartment Hospitality
  • Castel Monastero Resort 5*

    Three nights accommodation in a Superior Room

  • 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

£2,895.00
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.

Package 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.

Friday 14th August 2020

  • 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.

Saturday 15th August 2020

  • 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.

Sunday 16th August 2020

  • 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.

Monday 17th August 2020

  • 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 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

Additional information on the room types available at the Resort can be found in our brochure (link at top of page). Supplements to upgrade to these room types can be found below (all prices based on a 3 night stay).

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.

Flights


Flights within the package are inclusive of cabin baggage only. Additional hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Please note, flights from some airports may incur a supplement.

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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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