The Palio of Siena is usually held twice a year : July 2nd Palio of July in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano and August 16th Palio of August in honor of the Madonna of the Assumption.
The "Career", as it is traditionally called the race, is a competition between Contradas (each of the seventeen historical divisions within the medieval walls of the city) in the form of a carousel horse of medieval origin.
The history of the Palio of Siena is very detailed and complex and has its roots in an age still more remote. In Italian cities of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries it was the custom to organize horse racing, both as a public spectacle, both as a competition between the various horse farms owned by the noble citizens. These origins ideally represent the various pageants that still take place in Italy.
The Palio race is named, not only in Siena, for the prize: the Palio from the Latin pallium (woolen cloak) which was usually a cloth of very fine cloth that was used for different purposes. The race, one of the oldest in the world, takes place in the central square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, unique for its original shell shape and renowned throughout the world for its beauty and architectural integrity. For an old convention the square and the Palazzo Pubblico do not belong to any Contrada.
Wine and Tours offers packages and promotions for the Palio of Siena, consisting of tickets for seats on the Stage and seating and standing on the Terraces and Windows.
PACKAGE 2 DAYS "Experience the thrill of the Palio di Siena"
h. 14:30 guided tour of the historic center of Siena
h. 17:30 tasting at a winery in the historic center of Siena
h. 18:45 entrance in Piazza del Campo for the test of the Palio
h. 20:30 dinner in Contrada
h. 14:00 benediction of the horse
h. 15:00 historic parade
h. 16:00 entrance in Piazza del Campo in your assigned place on the Stage to enjoy the race!
€ 499.00 per person
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