Horse races were very common in every major medieval Tuscan city, and such a race is still celebrated today in Siena. The name ‘palio’ comes from the painted silk cloth, pallium, awarded to the winner. The Palio is a thrilling race between ten horses (barberi), whose jockeys ride bareback, and each represent a specific Contrada (historic neighbourhood) of Siena. The race takes place in Campo Square twice a year: once on July 2nd in honour of Our Lady of Provenzano and once on August 16th in honour of Our Lady of Assumption.
PALIO IN STYLE – Any small private group can be involved into the Palio di Siena horse race and better understand the extraordinary atmosphere securing the ESSENTIAL or COMPLETE Palio Experience. A brief tour of the city with a Local Palio Expert will give you the occasion for a dive in the past. During the Palio days the whole city goes crazy, and it shows its colorful side, rich in tension and passion. We think that the Palio experience will be unforgettable. For the most demanding friends and travellers, we offer a package including all the highlights of the event: we won’t miss the vision of the last race test in the Piazza del Campo, the eve before the race we are joining the people of the Contrada for the official “al fresco” street dinner and the day of the Palio we meet up again to watch the final horse blessing and all contradas street parades. TuscanTeam’s Palio in Style package are available upon request and for small private groups only. Grandstand Palio Tickets and access to Palio Private Balcony to watch the race are not included into our package but anyone can book separately one of the Palio Tickets listed below.
GRANDSTAND PALIO TICKETS – here at TuscanTeam we have experienced the Palio horse race several times and surely a sit on the grandstand guarantees a very exciting point of view. Grandstand are erected directed on the track, so close to the racetrack that you will feel the movement of air created by the galloping horses while the excitement and cheering will overwhelm you. You will see the horses dart 3 times and you will hold your breath until the end of the race and the beginning of the party of the winning Contrada. The Grandstand Ticket include the view of the Historical Parade (Corteo Storico), which takes place in the Piazza del Campo before the horse race. Each Grandstand Palio Ticket is numbered, and it guarantees 1 seat. The square is quite irregular, looks like a seashell, and the whole square is divided in 54 different grandstands (each viewing spot is different from one other)
PRIVATE BALCONY PALIO TICKETS – the Balcony is a private property and offers a higher Palio di Siena viewpoint: you should consider a spot on a Private Balcony if you prefer a different service. Some private balconies have direct access from the Campo Square instead others have access from back streets and are part of private apartments overlooking the Campo Square. Each viewing spot is different from one other and the most requested are the balconies with direct view of the starting and arrival line. As for the viewpoint, even the service included into the access of private balconies can’t be the same. The access to a Private Balcony includes the view of the Historical Parade (Corteo Storico), which takes place in the Piazza del Campo before the horse race. Here at TuscanTeam we have experienced the Palio horse race several times and we know a spot on a Private Balcony overlooking the starting line guarantees a very exciting point of view. Then we know the heat of some summers and we understand anyone would appreciate some drinks during the afternoon, and we know a Private Balcony can guarantee everybody the chance to use a rest room during the afternoon while watching the Historical Parade. Last but not the least, anybody would appreciate our Tuscan Team Palio Angel meet and greet service because we know very well the Palio crowd, Siena’s narrow streets and the many different entrances to enter the square. If you wish 1) watch the Siena Palio Horse Race from a Private Balcony overlooking the starting line 2) meet a Palio angel and be guided to the right Campo Square entrance throughout the city hussle 3) enjoy free drinks and 4) free toilet use, you can book our Tuscan Team Private Balcony Palio Tickets. We guarantee to each couple 1 standing + 1 seating Palio Ticket. Have a look at our Tuscan Team Private Balcony Palio Siena_TuscanTeam Private Balcony
VIP HOSPITALITY – Tuscan Team’s invites you to see the race in true VIP style. You will be hosted in a lovely private apartment with private windows and a balcony located into beautiful historic palazzo which overlooks the Campo Square. All Seats we provide, with their privileged vantage point, offers the best possible view of all the action. Apartment’s living room is fully equipped with television and plush sofas where you can kick back and enjoy a selection of Brunello wine, canapés, and other snacks while you wait for the show to begin. The festivities will begin with a traditional Contrada parade, and then the jockeys will take their marks for three heart-pounding laps of the Campo Square! You’re certain to feel like Italian nobility, perched high on the private terrace, overlooking the excitement in the Piazza del Campo below. This special offer is available upon request, for small private groups, Family gatherings exclusive rental or corporate events.