Cultural & Theme Tours in Italy
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Tour description

When does the world famous Palio horse race take place in Siena? Twice a year? On the 2nd of Juliy and 16th of August? That's almost correct, but... In 2018 there will be an additional

extraordinary Palio on October 20, dedicated to 100 years of the end of the First World War! It only happens once in 10-20 years that for important occasions an

extraordinary Palio is organized like it happened last time in 2000 for the new millennium. If you're lucky to be in Siena for the extraordinary

Palio, participate in the Palio tour with a professional local guide who will bring you through this unique experience. With our two-hour guided tour you will know all about this amazing tradition and will be able to witness the most important moments on the day of the race.

The tour starts in front of our office in the main square of Siena, Piazza del Campo. The square is exactly where the Palio takes place since the 17th century. An expert local guide will introduce you to this fascinating tradition telling about the rules of the race and the whole celebration that lasts four days, starting from the assignment through a lottery of the horses to the Contradas (districts of Siena). You will also learn about the traditional rivalry between Contradas to which everyone in Siena participates from birth. The guide will recount the story and explain the traditions behind this celebration, from the very middle of Piazza del Campo, for you to experience the unique atmosphere that enlivens the entire city. You’ll accompanied to one of the districts, where you'll get the chance to witness one of the most important pre-race rituals: the blessing of the horse.At the end of the tour you will see the beginning of the historical parade with the members of the Contrade dressed in medieval costumes, waving flags and playing drums. 

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Walking tour

What's not included

  • None