WHAT IS THE PALIO?

The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena. Ten horses an... Learn More

Palio of Siena day tour from Florence

Tuscany on a Budget offers a day trip from Florence on a private coach with expert local guides who are going to make your experience even better because they are going to share the secrets hidden behind the event that you will never find in a book or with any other foreign tour operator. During the trip to Siena the guides will also give you full information about the contrade, the best things to see in Siena before the race and usefull tips in order to survive to the crowd.

Included in the tour:

  • Expert local guides
  • Private coach from/back to Florence
  • FREE and COOL  t -shirt of the event
  • Usefull info of the event on board
  • Maps of the city
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!

If you wish to reserve extra a seat on the square to watch the race in full comfort, please contact us in advance for a quote but be ready to pay between € 150 up to € 500... the tickets are very expensive!

 

 

 

 

Tuscany on a Budget tours OUR PALIO OF SIENA PACKAGES

OUR PALIO OF SIENA PACKAGES

EVERY 2.07 & 16.08 CERTAINLY AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED IN ITALY   SIMPLE PALIO 2N/3D IN JULY: CHECK IN 01 JULY  CHECK OUT 03 JULY IN AUGUST: CHECK IN 15 AUGUST  CHECK OUT 17 AUGUST ITINERARY: DAY 1 FLORENCE Check in your accommodation in the centre of Florence; relax or enjoy the afternoon sightseeing in complete relax before you meet again our team and the other Palio fans. Enjoy our fun evening orientation walk of the city and a traditional dinner. ( D ) DAY 2 IT'S PALIO DAY!  Have the morning free to check out some museums and shop in the local markets. Meet again at 12pm to head towards Siena.  Once in Siena, your guide will escort you to Piazza del Campo, passing by the major tourists’ attractions, where the event takes place. In Siena you will have free time to assist the parades before meeting the guide back again in the square where 3000 more people will have gathered to feel the excitement of the race growing. After the race, you will have free time either to follow the celebration of the winning contrada or simply refresh with a beer in the square. We depart from Siena at 10:30pm. We will get back to Florence before midnight. DAY 3 THE SAD GOODBYE Check out your room and enjoy breakfast organised by our team to say goodbye to your new friends. You don't have to leave Florence straight away in the morning but feel free to store your bags in the hostel/hotel and continue exploring the city. If you wish to stay longer in Florence check out the other packages. ( B )   WHAT'S INCLUDED: 2 nights in Florence in a centrally located accommodation Orientation walk of Florence at night with dinner Brunch Palio day trip including return coach Services of experienced, local guides Welcome pack with maps and information of the city at check in MY FIRST PALIO 3N/4D IN JULY: CHECK IN 30 JUNE  CHECK OUT 03 JULY  IN AUGUST: CHECK IN MONDAY 14 AUGUST  CHECK OUT THURSDAY 17 AUGUST  ITINERARY: DAY 1 FLORENCE Check in your accommodation in the centre of Florence; relax or enjoy the afternoon sightseeing in complete relax before you meet us in the evening for a fun orientation walk of the city to learn about the monuments and famous sites including the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio DAY 2 TUSCANY No more queues, just vines and views. Have a big breakfast and get ready for a fun morning tour to discover the Tuscany wine region and the famous Chianti Classico wine. Just less than a hour outside of Florence we will stop in a winery set inside an historic castle surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Enjoy the guided tour of the winery and finally taste their delicious and famous Chianti Classico wine and the extra virgin olive oil on jummy bruschette. Reach our second winery, a local family run farm and taste their local wines and products. Back to Florence in the afternoon to relax and live the city. Meet again our team for a traditional dinner in central Florence. ( D ) DAY 3 LET’S GO TO THE PALIO It is time to get ready for the Palio. Meet us at 12pm to catch the local transport to Siena.  Follow the guide for an orientation walk of Siena passing by the major tourists’ attractions to end in Piazza del Campo. Take part of the parades and the excitement of the race. After the race, you will have free time either to follow the celebration of the winning contrada or simply refresh with a beer in the square. We depart from Siena at 10:30pm. We will get back to Florence before midnight. DAY 4 THE SAD GOODBYE  Meet us for breakfast organised by our team to say goodbye to your new friends and team. You don't have to leave Florence straight away in the morning but feel free to store your bags in the hostel/hotel and continue exploring the city. If you wish to stay longer in Florence check out the other packages. ( B )   WHAT'S INCLUDED: 3 nights in Florence in a centrally located accommodation Orientation walk of Florence at night with dinner Palio day trip including return coach Services of experienced, local guides Brunch Welcome pack with maps and information of the city at check in Morning tour to Tuscany with a visit to 2 wineries  THE ULTIMATE PALIO EXPERIENCE 4N/5D IN JULY: CHECK IN 29 JUNE  CHECK OUT 03 JULY IN AUGUST: CHECK IN 13 AUGUST CHECK OUT 17 AUGUST ITINERARY: DAY 1 FLORENCE Check in your accommodation in the centre of Florence; relax or enjoy the afternoon sightseeing in complete relax before you meet again our team and the other Palio fans. Enjoy our fun evening orientation walk of the city and a welcome drink. DAY 2 CHIANTI – FLORENCE Join our day tour to the Tuscan countryside to discover why the area is famous for its scenery and mainly for it wine! During the day we will visit 2 wineries, taste 8 different types of wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and finally explore San Gimignano one or the most famous Tuscan medieval town. Once back to Florence you will have the free evening to relax DAY 3 PISA AND CINQUE TERRE An early wake up for an exciting full day at the Cinque Terre, the most characteristic villages of Italy famous for their natural beauty, scenic trails, spectacular coast line and sunny beaches, including a 2h stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa. We'll be back to Florence at 8:30pm. A light lunch will be provided during the day. DAY 4 IT'S PALIO DAY! Have the morning free to check out some museums and shop in the local markets. Meet again at 12pm to head towards Siena.  Once in Siena, your guide will escort you to Piazza del Campo, passing by the major tourists’ attractions, where the event takes place. In Siena you will have free time to assist the parades before meeting the guide back again in the square where 3000 more people will have gathered to feel the excitement of the race growing. After the race, you will have free time either to follow the celebration of the winning contrada or simply refresh with a beer in the square. We depart from Siena at 10:30pm. We will get back to Florence before midnight. DAY 5 THE SAD GOODBYE Check out your room and enjoy breakfast organised by our team to say goodbye to your new friends. You don't have to leave Florence straight away in the morning but feel free to store your bags in the hostel/hotel and continue exploring the city. If you wish to stay longer in Florence check out the other packages. ( B )   WHAT'S INCLUDED: 4 nights in Florence in a centrally located accommodation Orientation walk of Florence at night Palio day trip including return coach Services of experienced, local guides Welcome pack with maps and information of the city at check in A full day exploring Tuscany with a visit to 2 wineries and a famous medieval village  A full day tour to Pisa and the Cinque Terre ;  

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Tuscany on a Budget tours THE PALIO OF SIENA DAY TRIP

THE PALIO OF SIENA DAY TRIP

AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED WHILE IN ITALY. BE PART OF THE CRAZINESS... BOOK ASAP The Palio of Siena is an on-horseback race held twice each year in Siena during which 10 horses and jockeys ride bareback on the Piazza which is transformed into a dirt race track. Along with La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain and "The San Fermin/Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona the Palio is one of the true highlights of the European Summer! Join the day trip we have organised for you to immerse yourself with the locals, enjoy all of the drama during the race as well as joining the parties afterwards. The tour departs from Florence at 12pm. During the journey to reach Siena, your local guide will give you maps, info about the event and the historical town of Siena and most importantly tips from a local point of view about the Senese and their contrade. The Palio is a fantastic event but it's easy to get into a fight without the right recommendations. Once in Siena, your guide will escort you to Piazza del Campo (passing by the major tourist attractions) where the event takes place. In Siena you will have free time to visit the Cathedral, buy some refreshments or watch the parade along the main streets. We will meet you back again inside the square where 3000 people will have gathered while the excitement of the race mounts. Your guide will be at your disposal any time for questions or explanations about the race. At the end of the race, you will have free time either to follow the celebration of the winning contrada or simply refresh with a beer in the square. We departs from Siena at 10:30pm approx. We will get back to Florence approx at 11.30pm. DETAILS: WHEN 2nd July & 16th August MEETING TIME 11:45am MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel Galileo PRICE € 75 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Transport,  a fun guide on board, maps and info pack and last but not least the opportunity to continue celebrating after the horse race into the evening long after all public transport back to Florence has finished. NOTE This tour is not suitable for people with walking disabilities, sensitive to heat. This tour is not suitable for children under 18 and adults over 60. IMPORTANT:  if you wish to reserve a seat on the main square where the race takes place,send us an email but keep in mind that  the cost is € 300 per person CANCELLATION POLICY: In case of rain or due to the many fake starts of the race, there might be a chance that the Palio horse race in Siena is cancelled by the Senese authorities and postponed to a different day. In this event the tour is not refunded.    

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