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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...more
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We drove to Siena planning to shop and enjoy a good lunch. As we walked through the city, we noticed a great deal of energy, Contrada flags flying brilliantly in the sunlight, almost everyone wearing a contrada scarf around their necks, including babies! We asked...More

Thank Haebee
Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, I have to share that I have a dish fetish. I found a store on the piazza that will custom make the exact design of Italian plates that I want. Heaven! Sienna is also the location for a crazy bareback horse riding event...More

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such atmosphere! We visited late in the afternoon and had drinks and snacks at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the plaza and then returned after dark for a walk around the plaza. A different look at night. Worth both. While there watch a YouTube video of...More

Thank Steve N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the privilege to see it in 1998. There has been many rehearsals, fights between rival neighborhood. I remember they organize two each year for centuries. If you are there at these times, do not miss it. You will remember it for the rest...More

Thank martinchris8080
Reviewed 28 August 2018

amazing festival engaging the entire population of Siena ( a beautiful medieval fortressed city)...parades/songs/ medieval costumes/flag bearers and competitors plus an insanely crazy horse race....all intertwined with century old tribal mentality...and then there is the current day bribery, conspiracy etc.... watch "Palio" on Netflix to...More

Thank vigotheman8
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

A large plaza in the centre of Siena. We watched the Palio and had a wonderful time. In its normal operation it is a meeting place for Sienese and tourists alike. Therefore the prices of things increase the closer you get to the Palio. For...More

Thank Rodney C
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Be aware that people book hotels years in advance for this race and after many futile attempts, we gave up and decided we’d try our luck watching from the centre of the piazza (free) and had an amazing experience. We positioned ourselves at the highest...More

1  Thank Goretti_13
Reviewed 23 August 2018

This is a city tradition centuries old. The presentations are still in medieval costume. The city takes the competition seriously. You have to like crowds but the excitement is contagious. It was wonderful to sit on our balcony and listen to the different districts sing...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The incredible thing you realize about Palio di Siena when you are in piazza del campo waiting for the starting of the race is that it has been almost the same for 400 years. Unbelievable!!!!!!

Thank antozas
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is our second time at the Palio. The first time was 18 years ago and we were younger without children and experienced it from inside the Campo area. This time we brought our teens and purchased four tickets through Jacopo Mauro della Torre. We...More

Thank Jen B
49jacopo, Owner at Il Palio, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good evening to all. This is Jacopo Mauro della Torre. I want to thank this person for her service to the Palio, and especially for her pictures. Yes, that's how basically all balconies and grandstands will look like at the Palio, and this can be...More

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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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23 May 2016|
Response from Celestial_Caticorn |
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