Monday to Sunday
Inside Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Florence - In front of the pharmacy with the green cross
Maximun 25 people
Get a taste of Tuscan traditions and experience the famous Palio Horse Race! After all, it's one of the most exciting events in Siena. On this day trip from Florence, you will enjoy an informative yet entertaining Siena guided tour. Next, you will watch the exhilarating live horse racing that takes place on the historic Piazza del Campo. The race is an old tradition in Siena and consists of ten riders riding the horses bareback dressed each dressed in colors representing ten of the seventeen contrade (city districts). Finally, the day will end with a delicious Tuscan dinner at a restaurant on the same piazza.
The Palio Horse Race is a famous event that takes place only twice a year in Piazza del Campo, in Siena. The first race is on July 2 and the second on August 16. Being a rather special event, it gets really busy.
Booking the Palio Horse Race with us will allow you to relax and stop stressing about the crowds. You will be free to immerse yourself in the excitement and adrenaline of the event. There are many different smaller events going on at that time and the city vibrates with celebratory ambiance.
So, avoid confusion and unnecessary worries. Our Palio di Siena package captures the true essence of the race and offers a tailor-made experience. Moreover, easy booking and friendly cancellation policy make the whole event even more reassuring.
The Palio di Siena (also known as Il Palio) is a thrilling horse race that takes place twice a year, on July 2 and August 16, in the medieval Siena. During the event, ten riders dressed in district colors ride bareback in circles around the Piazza del Campo covered with a thick layer of dirt for the occasion. The race itself runs three laps of the Piazza and normally doesn’t last longer than 90 seconds. It's so speedy many jockeys end up flying off their horses as they don't manage to survive the sharp turns!
Il Palio origins go back to Middle Ages when the central piazza was the site of all public games and bullfights. In 1590, after the Grand Duke of Tuscany outlawed bullfights, the city started organizing all kinds of races in the Piazza del Campo. Some of them include buffalo-back races (bufalate) and donkey-back races while horse races happened elsewhere. The first Palio race as we know it today took place in 1633. At first, the live horse racing only happened on July 2. The other date (August 16) was added in 1701.
It’s a one of a kind event that brings the whole city of Siena together. The streets are full of tourists and locals alike, all brought together by the thrill of the race. Book the Palio Horse Race Experience with us today and make your Tuscan holidays unforgettable!