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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 5 days 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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 19 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 2 days 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

Reviewed 19 August 2018

If you are looking for info on going to the Palio you probably already know a bit about it. But here’s a recap: Since its beginnings in 1633 it’s become the longest running sporting event in history. Ten bareback horse riders race around the Piazza...More

Thank Jacqui F
Reviewed 17 August 2018

I have to agree with some of the reviews here. We also bought our balcony seats through Jacupo and while it is true they were a great view the value is definitely not there. There were 18 people squeezed onto a balcony that really only...More

Thank BrowneM
49jacopo, Owner at Il Palio, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Good evening, this is Jacopo Mauro della Torre The balcony we are talking about holds 18 like wooden folding chairs. All positions are assigned. On August the 16th, 2018, as well as on any other Palio since I've started managing this balcony, there have been...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Wow! We experienced Palio and it was an incredible experience. We got amazing (and expensive) tickets through jacopo@jacopodellatorre.com that out us in the front row (and in the shade). It was a rich colorful and exciting experience. Jacopo made us lunch reservations (Osteria del Carrochio)...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