What's On

Sorry, no events are available at Palio di Siena at the moment.

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.

Il Campo 53100 Siena SI Tuscany Italy
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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.

Dress Codes

What to wear

No formal dress code.

Racecourse Information

The History

The Palio di Siena is a race like no other. This unique event only occurs twice every year on 2nd July and 16th August and attracts people from all over the world. It is not only about the horse race itself, but the pride, pageantry and civic identity amongst the Sienese. The town of Siena is made up of seventeen ‘contrade’ or city wards who have been rivals for many years. Only ten horses are drawn for the race with jockeys riding bareback and wearing traditional colours of the contrade they represent. The night before the race, each horse is taken into their relevant contrade church to be blessed and kept away from any potential threats from other rivals. 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.