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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“actual race” (3 reviews)
“bucket list” (4 reviews)
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47 | Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy
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+39 0577 280551
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"actual race"
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"bucket list"
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"practice session"
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"false starts"
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"an incredible experience"
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"piazza del campo"
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"trial"
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"procession"
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"fence"
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"riders"
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"track"
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"excitement"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an experience!! We arrived in Siena around midday after finally managing to find a parking spot. We went straight to piazza del campo to have a look round. It’s nice to see it all set up without it being full. Already some had taken...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

First of all, if you are looking for an English/American horse race with the associated sportsmanship/competition then you will be disappointed. That is not what this "race" is about. We watched 3 trials which are touted as preliminary events but in my mind, from a...More

Thank fssutton1
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Excellent cocktails & wine selection. Delicious appetizers served with drink order. Perfect location on the piazza to observe people walking around & enjoying the beautiful ancient buildings & tower.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018 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

1  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

2  Thank Passingthru63
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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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gannonbb
22 May 2017|
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Response from Tsipoura_alaniara | Reviewed this property |
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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finbarsmom
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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