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 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.