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Il Palio

47 | Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 280551
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Twice a year, in July and August, the wide Piazza del Campo in the centre of Siena is transformed into a horse racetrack. 17 different 'contrade' neighbourhoods are represented by decorated silk flags and compete to win the coveted 'Drappellone' prize. There are also historical costumed parades that take place before the race.
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47 | Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve seen the pictures and heard the stories but to be on the sidewalks having an afternoon Spritz was surreal. It was raining today so we didn’t get to relax as planned but the view was still amazing. Plenty of places to stop and enjoy...More

Thank Stacy T
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Jacopo also organised our seats which he failed to explain are very, very small. We paid over 1000 euros and the seat was so small my husband could not even sit in it and ended up leaving before the race even started. Everyone around me...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

We travelled to Siena on the 15th august not being aware of the excitement of "il palio". What a bonus to be there at this time. We wandered through the town and were fortunate enough to then see the exhibit of the Contrada as they...More

Thank Donna E
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

My best friend has wanted to attend the Palio for as long as I've known him. To thank him, I arranged for us to go. We went as part of a tour package. We had 2 guided tours where we learned about the Palio and...More

Thank epnurse
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We only got to the practice session on August 14th, 2 days before the race. There was 2 practice sessions per day in the days leading up to the race, at 9am and 7pm. We arrived at around 4pm and stayed around for the 7pm...More

Thank DaveSas
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We got Contrada dinner tickets through Jacopo Mauro della Torre. It was easy and exactly as described. We picked the tickets up when we got to Siena. There were over 1,000 people having dinner, and it was fun to be part of the experience. We...More

Thank CamperSF
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

If you are in Siena around the 2nd of july or the 16th of August, you have to go to the Il Palio!! This event was amazing. Search for some background information on wikipedia and the event will be more special. It is great to...More

Thank roziebozie
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

We paid dearly for our bleacher seats, perfect view and location however the numbered iron seats ground into your butt and thighs. If you don't like having to touch complete strangers....well your s.o.l. The exhibition of each proud contrada was wonderful. Glad to have been...More

Thank 59canadian
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

The preliminaries of the Palio are going on now, up to the 16th August. The vibe and passion it exuded is plain to see with singing and flags everywhere. Just a great sense of fun.

Thank BT3rd
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Attended the Sunday, August 13, lottery which determined horse assignments for jockeys representing each of the ten participating contrade. The pageantry and the great public attendance made the day exciting.

Thank Terry S
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22 May 2017|
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For the prova generale dinner, the owner of the hotel I was staying made the arrangements. So maybe it would be best to ask either a tourist office or a small local boutique hotel. I think they will be able to assist you. I... More
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23 May 2016|
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Well, the Palio is free as long as you go in the centre of the square but as for places you will be lucky to see anything if you don't arrive at least a few hours early. The atmosphere is very hot and bustling so be careful... More
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