Palio Tours Siena

In this Palio of Siena guided tour you will know closely the traditions and rituals associated with this race

The ‘Palio‘ is an historic horse race, that is held twice each year on 2 July and 16 August, in which ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards participate in.

It is a unique event of its kind, whose origins go back over the centuries and which still today sees the streets of the historic center turn into an impressive sparkling of colors and lights and the people of the districts rush into the ‘Campo’.

We will visit the places where the “Contradaioli” prepare and wait impatiently the day of the race

We will enter one of the museums in the districts, where the drafts won, the flags and the original costumes that go from the eighteenth century to the present day are preserved, and we will see one of the Chapels where the horse enters to be solemnly blessed by a priest.

We will then pass through the alleys of the ancient quarters of Siena where newborns receive a profane baptism that seals the “Contrada affiliation

We will finish our tour in Piazza del Campo

The square, since the 17th century, is the spectacular scenery of the race. The real “race” is anticipated by an evocative historical procession that sees all the representatives of the seventeen districts parading, as well as the military bodies and the government offices that recall the figures of the ancient Republic of Siena.

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    My name is Michele Busillo and I am an official tourist guide of Florence and Siena, in Italian, English and Spanish language. I live in Chianti, midway between Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, and Siena, the city of the Palio. I love passing on the others my excitement of my job, accompanying people to discover the beauties and the secrets of Tuscany…

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