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The Siena Palio Extravaganza

Break Available: 30 June - 3 July 2021 or 14 - 17 Aug 2021
4 days

Price Per Person: From £1,395

Witness the thrilling 700 year old Siena Palio Race from a range of positions including grand seats, balcony and window options. These are extremely hard to find sought after positions which Italian Short Breaks is pleased to have access to.

We use the best local guides who have a passion for all things Palio, and are experts on delivering to you the whole message of this truly unique event. This is not to be underestimated as without this you will not be able to understand the history and traditions of what is taking place in front of you.

With only 2 Palio dates a year on the 2nd July and the 16th August, be sure to book early to experience this unique race. Please note July Palio is now fully booked.

Why Italian Short Breaks?

Highlights

  • Superb Palio Viewing Options (Positions include balcony, terrace, grandstand, window)
  • Palio Trials where horses, jockeys and contradas are chosen in a pre-race
  • Unique opportunity to participate in good luck Contrada open air dinner
  • Guided Introduction to the history of the Palio
  • Local Knowledgeable Guides who infuse their passion and knowledge for all things Palio
  • 3 nights accommodation in a hotel within the Siena walls
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 

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

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

Fly into Pisa, where your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your Siena hotel.

All the hotels we offer are located within the city walls within a 5-10mins walk from the sights.

Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 2 – 15 August
Palio Trials and Complimentary Contrada Open Air Dinner

Day 2 – 15 August
Palio Trials and Complimentary Contrada Open Air Dinner

Today 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 they are representing.

The Palio is comprised of many Contradas (districts), of which after your time with the guide you will know all about.

Our tours are conducted in small groups with a guide. We do not believe in large groups.

This evening participate in your complimentary open-air good luck dinner. Mingle with the local Sienese inhabitants and the chosen jockey. Excitement and expectation will be in the air for tomorrow’s big race.

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Day 3 – 16 August
Attend the World Famous Palio in Siena

Day 3 – 16 August
Attend the World Famous Palio in Siena

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.

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

As where you stand is crucial to being able to fully appreciate this race, we offer the following positions. 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. The Terrace is around five floors up.

2. The Balcony is right on the square with a superb vantage point, overlooking the Campo at the Casato bend so you have the perfect view from which you will be able to see close up the Palio Horse race and immerse yourself in the passionate atmosphere and unfolding spectacle of the Palio Siena Horse race.

3. The Grand Seats view is of most of the square. The joy of these is that these positions are the closest positions to the track, with all the drama that provides. The grand seats are the chosen viewing position of the local Sienese and the atmosphere is particularly electric!

4. The Window view sees you standing  while watching. There are plenty of seats in the very same room where you will be, but you cannot see the view seated. The rooms typically have two windows so a total of 4 people can be there. You will have access to the whole apartment and to the main hall where a simple buffet and refreshments are offered. There are @30 steps to these positions.

Once the race has been completed, the winning Contrada will take to the streets for more entertainment and celebration will go on well into the night.

We would recommend you visit the winning Contrada to see Italian exuberance at its best!

Header photo and photos 2,3 5 and 6 opposite copyrighted to Chrys Tremththanmor.

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Day 4 – 17 August
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Day 4 – 17 August
Private Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Breakfast and private transfer to the airport for your flight home after Attending the Palio.

If your flight is not until mid afternoon, why not add on our Optional Extra trip to Pisa, where you have some free time to explore this iconic structure. Please see Optional Extra below.

Alternatively if you wanted to extend your trip, we do have other breaks which include the Siena Palio. We would particularly recommend our Verona Opera and Palio break. Florence is another great idea. If perhaps you have been to Verona before, we have plenty of other fantastic options.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Palio - Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Palio - Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer

Today, if you have a late afternoon flight, why not have some time in Pisa to explore. Our private driver can collect you from your hotel and take you to Pisa where you have 3hrs to wander and explore. The driver will hold onto your luggage while you do so.

The Pisa complex has quite a bit to see. Start with the iconic Leaning Tower and see if you can resist taking the photo all tourists take – “holding” the building up! Then explore the church, museums and various outbuildings, the last of which includes some interesting frescos on Heaven and Hell.

Then meet your driver for your onwards travel to Pisa airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person: From £125

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

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
outdoor dining at il chiostro del carmine, siena

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
Palio - Explore The Leaning Tower of Pisa with Private Airport Transfer

Today, if you have a late afternoon flight, why not have some time in Pisa to explore. Our private driver can collect you from your hotel and take you to Pisa where you have 3hrs to wander and explore. The driver will hold onto your luggage while you do so.

The Pisa complex has quite a bit to see. Start with the iconic Leaning Tower and see if you can resist taking the photo all tourists take – “holding” the building up! Then explore the church, museums and various outbuildings, the last of which includes some interesting frescos on Heaven and Hell.

Then meet your driver for your onwards travel to Pisa airport for your flight home.

Price Per Person: From £125

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

We had a fantastic trip. We loved the Athena hotel (which has an exceptionally good restaurant, very warm staff); our guide Paul was excellent – well informed and helpful – and the Palio itself was a unique experience both in terms of the preparation, the trials and the Contrada dinner and procession and race on the day itself.

Sam and Andrew

I have wanted to go to the Palio for years and I wasn’t disappointed. A wonderful trip and an incredible experience, and it was great to be part of the build up. Our seats were excellent - in the shade and able to see the start and finish. It meant that when the start dragged on, we could at least see why.

Peter

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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Residenza d’Epoca Locanda di San Martino
  • Activities outlined, including terrace viewing of Palio race
  • Flights form the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)
  • Private airport transfers

Departure airport:
Gatwick
Heathrow

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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