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The Ultimate Siena Palio Race & Verona Opera Experience

Break Available: 14 - 20 Aug 2020
7 days

Price Per Person: From £2,195

Begin your break in Siena, witnessing the thrilling Palio Horse Race, which is a 700 year old historical event. The streets come alive with the build up to the Palio and the Sienese are out parading with their banners as they support their teams. We focus on providing you with the best viewing options for the Palio race, and offer a wide range of grandstand, balcony and window options.

Then continue onto Verona attending one of the best operas while seated in the second largest open-air arena in the world. The acoustics are well before their time and sound can be heard in crystal clarity from all areas.

We are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Best Seats in the arena.

The Palio takes place on both the 2 July and the 16 August.

Alternatively, we can offer this break with Verona first and then the Siena Palio, in which case you would enjoy the Aida on the 12 August.

Italian Short Breaks are a legally authorised trading body who are officially permitted to sell tickets for Arena di Verona in Italy. Many ticket only web sites are not legally authorised to do so. We will always guarantee your seats and ticket level at booking stage.

Highlights

  • Palio Terrace Viewing of the big race (Upgrade options include balcony, grandstand and window)
  • Palio Trials where horses and jockeys are chosen for competiting in the main race
  • Unique opportunity to participate in good luck Contrada open air dinner
  • Guided Introduction to the history of the Palio with very experienced local guides
  • Attend the open-air Arena di Verona in the best seats in the arena (Complimentary Free Upgrade)
  • Verona Pass Card providing free access to many of the local sights
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Day 1 – 14 Aug
Fly to Pisa and Private Transfer to your Siena hotel

Day 1 – 14 Aug
Fly to Pisa and Private Transfer to your Siena hotel

Fly from most regional UK airports into Pisa. Waiting for you at Pisa airport will be your private driver to transfer you to your Siena hotel (around 1.5hrs).

All of our hotels are located within the city walls and around a 5-10 mins walk to the centre.

Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 2 - 15 Aug
Palio Trials and Contrada Open Air Dinner

Day 2 - 15 Aug
Palio Trials and Contrada Open Air Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure.

This afternoon in your small group tour, your guide will give you a guided introduction to the history of the Palio. This will include taking you to the Campo to view the Palio Trials, where horses and jockeys race three times around the square.

This is not to see who wins the race, but for the judges to choose which ten horses and jockeys are eligible to race and which Contrada district they are representing.

This evening participate in an open-air good luck dinner with your Contrada and the Sienese inhabitants and chosen jockey.

Excitement and expectation will be in the air for tomorrow’s big race, and there will be many toasts and much singing.

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Day 3 – 16 Aug
Attend the World Famous Palio in Siena 2020

Day 3 – 16 Aug
Attend the World Famous Palio in Siena 2020

After a leisurely start, head out with the guide mid afternoon to witness the build up to this legendary event. If you are lucky, you might even get to see one of the horses being blessed in church!

Take your position before an event that has been happening since 1310 commences.

Please see video link on the photo opposite for a flavour of this world famous event.

We have a range of positions to suite your budget or viewing requirements. Please note these are extremely sort after tickets and do book up early:

1. On the Terrace you can see 80% of the race from a bird’s eye view of the Palio Horse race. These are standing positions and located five floors above ground.

2. The Balconies are right on the square with a superb vantage point, overlooking the Campo at the Casato bend so you have the perfect close up view. These are seated positions.

3. The Grandstands provide views of most of the square. The joy of the grandstands is that these positions are the closest positions to the track with all the drama that that provides. They are also the viewing position of choice for the local l Sienese, and so the atmosphere is particularly electric! These are seated positions.

4. The Windows – you will be standing while watching. Each room has two windows so a total of 4 people. You will have access to the whole apartment and to the main hall where a simple buffet and refreshments are offered.

Once the race has been completed, the winning Contrada will take to the streets for more entertainment and the celebration will go well into the night. We would recommend you visit the winning Contrada to see Italian exuberance at its best!

Photos 2 and 3 opposite copyrighted to Chrys Tremththanmor.

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Day 4 – 17 Aug
Private Transfer to Florence and First Class Train to Verona

Day 4 – 17 Aug
Private Transfer to Florence and First Class Train to Verona

Breakfast and private transfer to Florence station, where you can board your first class train to Verona (around 1.5hrs).

Upon arrival in Verona your private driver will be waiting to transfer you the short distance to your hotel.

Waiting for you at your hotel will be your opera tickets along with your Verona Pass card providing free beat the queues access to most of the local sights. The Pass Card also comes with a map so you can find your way around and prioritise the main sights of interest.

All the hotels we use are centrally located, so you are free to wander and explore for the rest of the day.

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Day 5 – 18 Aug
Day at Leisure

Day 5 – 18 Aug
Day at Leisure

Day to relax to explore Verona using your Verona Pass Card further.

To escape the bulk of the crowds, head over to the Natural History Museum or to Juliet’s house, the latter of which is surprisingly located around a 10mins walk from the balcony.

Alternatively, why not add in one of our Optional Extras. We would particularly our Lake Garda day excursion for a day on the lake and a visit to the island.

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A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
  • Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Garda Island
Sirmione, Lake Garda
Sirmione, Lake Garda

Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £95 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £110 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Meal in the wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

Day 6 – 19 Aug
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Day 6 – 19 Aug
Day at Leisure and Attend the Opera at the Arena di Verona

Spend the day exploring Verona using your Verona Pass Card. High on your list should be seeing the arena during the day before all the incredible sets are installed this evening, Castelvecchio, Juliet’s balcony and the Arena Museum.

This evening enjoy your opera performance of Nabucco at the Arena di Verona, in the very best seats in the arena, which we are currently offering a Complimentary Free Upgrade. Located on the ground floor and the first 11 rows, affords the best view of the stage.

For a flavour of this spectacle please click on the photo link to the right.

Header photo and photos 1, 2 and 3 inclusive opposite, copyrighted to Fondazione Arena di Verona.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Verona - Byblos Spa Day
  • Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
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Verona - Byblos Spa Day

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £255

Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda
Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £165

Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona
Wine tasting, Italy
Garden at Villa Novare, Lake Garda

Day 7 – 20 Aug
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Day 7 – 20 Aug
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Private transfer to the airport for your flight home after your Siena Palio Race and Verona Opera break.

Alternatively, why not extend your Italian trip to include some time either on the Venetian Lagoon or maybe exploring Milan and concluding your trip on beautiful Lake Como.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

Exterior of Hotel Firenze, Verona
Standard room at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Reception at Hotel Firenze, Verona
Breakfast room at Hotel Firenze, Verona

Hotel Firenze - Verona (4 Star)

The Hotel Firenze is located in Corso Porta Nuova. From this elegant hotel, guests can reach all the most important monuments and touristic places of the city:

the Arena, the House and Tomb of Juliet, the Roman Theatre, Castelvecchio with its unique military bridge and Scaligeri Arches along with the tombs of the medieval Signoria family.

All rooms have recently been refurbished, have air conditioning and bathrooms either with Jacuzzi or shower with steam sauna.

This hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the Arena.

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Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

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Superior room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Double standard room at Hotel Accademia, Verona
Restaurant at Hotel Accademia, Verona

Hotel Accademia - Verona (4 Star)

The Accademia Hotel is in the centre of Verona. The hotel is in the heart of the exclusive shopping area of Verona, conveniently positioned between the Brà Square with the Arena and Erbe Square with Giulietta's House and balcony.

All rooms are spacious and feature air conditioning.

A breakfast buffet is served every morning and includes both sweet and savoury options. Restaurant Accademia specialises in Veneto food and wine, with meals prepared with fresh local products.

This is our most popular hotel for Verona, which consistently comes out top on fantastic feedback.

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Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Il Sogno di Giulietta - Verona (5 Star)

Opposite Juliet’s balcony, in the courtyard of her house, this isn't a hotel, but an historical house destined to welcome the most romantic couples and to envelope them in a night of dreams. Il Sogno di Giulietta is a centrally located hotel.

It is now possible to stay in the kingdom narrated by Shakespeare in one of his most famous works, the lovers’ nest par excellence.

The refined rooms are situated on both sides of the residence, some even having a direct view of Juliet’s balcony.

All rooms are luxuriously decorated with antique rugs, magnificent drapes and jacuzzis.

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Residenza d’Epoca Locanda di San Martino, Siena

Exterior shot of Residenza D'Epoca Locanda di San Martino, Siena
Junior Suite photo at Residenza d'Epoca Locanda di Martino, Siena
Lobby at Residenza D'Epoca Locanda di San Martino, Siena
Breakfast room at Residenza d'Epoca Locanda di San Martino, Siena

Residenza d’Epoca Locanda di San Martino, Siena

The Residenza d’Epoca Locanda di San Martino is located within the city walls, around a 5 minutes walk from the Piazza del Campo, where twice yearly the famous, historical Siena Palio horse race takes place.

This boutique, mediaeval hotel has been renovated but with most of the original structure is still intact. It is adorned in rich, detail throughout and very much in keeping with a race that has been taking place for over 500 years now.

The Junior Suites all have city views overlooking Siena.

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Il Chiostro del Carmine, Siena

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Deluxe room shot at Il Chiostro del Carmine, Siena
Breakfast with a view at Il Chiostro del Carmine, Siena
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Il Chiostro del Carmine, Siena

Located within the city walls, with a view of the Tuscan Hills, this hotel is perfect for those attending the Palio horse race, being only a few metres from Piazza del Campo where the famous race takes place twice yearly. All of the deluxe rooms feature city views over Siena.

Il Chiostro del Carmine originated as the Convent of Carmelite monks dating as far back as the 14th century. Now, restored into a 21 room hotel, this former convent has preserved its original features, including a breakfast area by the cloisters, a bell tower and a church dating back to the 8th century which includes works of arts. Some of these include pieces by Alessandro Casolani Franceso Vanni and many others. At the back of the convent is the famous Diana’s Well, which Sienese obsessively believe leads to the mythical underground Diana’s River, traces of which feature in Dante’s Play.

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Palazzo Ravizza - Siena (Equivalent 4 Star)

External view of Palazzo Ravizza Hotel, Siena
Superior room at Palazzo Ravizza, Siena
View at Palazzo Ravizza, Siena
Piano at Palazzo Ravizza Hotel, Siena

Palazzo Ravizza - Siena (Equivalent 4 Star)

A stay at Palazzo Ravizza, historic hotel of Siena since 1924, is a leap into the past: still managed by the same family, Palazzo Ravizza has mantained not only the style and classic ambiance of a heritage hotel but also the atmosphere of an elegant and welcoming private home.

Located in the historic centre of Siena close to the Cathedral and providing private parking on site, Palazzo Ravizza is a convenient base to see the city.

The rooms of Palazzo Ravizza reflect the character and style of an old time mansion: all different in size and furnishings they maintain the original setting of the 1920’s home with the necessary renovations for modern accommodation. All rooms have air conditioning.

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Hotel Athena - Siena (4 Star)

External view of Hotel Athena, Siena
Room with a view at Hotel Athena, Siena
Outdoor breakfast at Hotel Athena, Siena
View from Hotel Athena, Siena

Hotel Athena - Siena (4 Star)

The Hotel Athena is a 4 stars hotel in Siena located into the city walls. The Hotel offers a very central location, a few minutes away from the Campo’s square and the Duomo.

In addition to the typical services arranged by a 4 stars hotel, the Hotel Athena offers to all the guests a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside showing the beauty of the green Tuscan hills and his medieval farmhouses. The hotel is equipped with all the modern comforts, including air conditioning, a fantastic restaurant and a private car park.

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Optional Extras
Verona - Lake Garda Boat Trip
Garda Island

This is our most popular tour and with good reason. You take a private transfer to the pier where you will join a public boat, to be taken across the scenic lake arriving at the privately owned Isola del Garda.

Once there you will be given a tour of the island, perhaps even by the Borghese Cavazza family themselves, and get to learn the history of the island. The tour will include the neo gothic Venetian style villa, the landscaped luscious gardens and the fantastic view over the lake, along with tasting some of the local wine and olive oil.

After arriving back on the mainland, your private transfer will take you to Sirmione, a mediaeval castle town where you can wander at your leisure through the town, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy lunch. We recommend La Speranzina Restaurant which boasts beautiful views over the lake.

Your private transfer will return you to your hotel late afternoon.

Price Per Person: From £245

Verona - Al Cristo Wine Tasting
Wine cellar at Al Cristo, Verona

We have two great options for you. The first is for those wine connoisseurs. Located within walking distance of your hotel is this small family run restaurant. The Maitre will take you to the cellar and introduce you to 3-4 wines.

Alternatively, if you have done a wine tasting tour before and want to skip straight to the tasting part, why not combine with a meal, and sampling the wines with each course.

Price Per Person: From £50 for Wine Tasting

Price Per Person: From £95 for Wine Tasting with Lunch

Price Per Person: From £110 for Wine Tasting with Dinner

Verona - Byblos Spa Day
Exterior of Spa at Byblos, Lake Garda

Transfer to Byblos Art Hotel and pamper yourself for the day at their luxurious spa. Enjoy the illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath and tropical showers.

Included are 1 Keraskin or Decleor treatment, hydromassage, sauna, steam room, tropical showers, use of the Technogym equipment and 3 course light lunch at the Atelier restaurant.

Price Per Person: From £255

Verona - Villa Novare Wine Tasting
Exterior of Villa Novare, Verona

Set in the sweeping landscape of the Valpolicello countryside is the Villa Mosconi. The villa is nestled in the ancient region well known for its wine, wine cellars and clear running water. In 1936 Villa Mosconi created the name of Amarone, one of the most respected wines of the region.

On this day you will have your private transfer to drive you to this scenic location and be given a tour of both the majestic house and garden. At the end of the tour, you will be able to taste 4 wines from the local Valpolicello region along with finding out their history.

Your private transfer will take you back to the hotel after.

Price Per Person: From £165

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Testimonials

I had a wonderful time in Verona and Siena - the opera and the Palio were both spectacular. All the arrangements worked well and the balance between leisure time and guided tours was perfect. Certainly value for money and thank you for organising such a lovely trip.

Susan

Very many thanks for organising such a wonderful visit to the Opera and Palio. The Hotels were very good and well located. The Opera was magnificent but the Palio and the experience in Siena was out of this world. The sights and sounds of it were thrilling. Your organisation was so superb that you managed to get for us the pre-palio dinner with the eventual winning contrado.

Dale & Sheila

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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel Firenze – Verona),(Residenza d’Epoca Locanda di San Martino – Siena)
  • Activities outlined, including balcony viewing of Palio race and Complimentary Free Upgrade to the Best Seats at the Verona arena
  • Verona Pass Card
  • Flights from the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)
  • Private Airport and train transfers
  • 1st Class Train Ticket

Departure airport:
Gatwick only

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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