An unforgettable guided tour of Siena to discover its most famous tradition: the Palio, a majestic horse race that runs into Piazza del Campo twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th. Join our tour and you will discover the secrets of the contrade of Siena and the wonderful treasures of this area.
Our guided tour of Siena focuses on its main tradition, renowned all around the world: the Palio di Siena (known locally simply as il Palio), a horse race in which the various city wards (contrades) compete twice a year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colors, represent ten of the seventeen contrade.
The Palio is a celebration for the entire city of Siena, and is characterized by the waving of colored banners, the festive atmosphere, the sound of the drums, and the desire of victory and triumph.
Your expert guide will introduce you to the secrets of rituals practiced before the race, and you will learn about every single step of the day, in order to fully understand this ancient tradition. With this tour of Siena you will eXPerience the authentic atmosphere of the Palio, and at the same time you will explore the most famous sights of the city. Also, you will learn the mechanics of this ancient horse race, and above all you will be shown some of the exclusive private celebrations such as the blessing of the horse and the test before the ride.
You can also visit the Museum of the Contrade, to get to know the old traditions and rituals that surround the origin of the race itself. This unique tour of Siena represents the best way to visit the city and discover all its hidden wonders.
If you are a lover of this kind of tour, you might also be interested in the Tour of the Gothic Siena.
Otherwise, if you are interested in a most striking and typical eXPerience, you might like the Tour of Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena, the Tour of Siena and San Gimignano with Chianti Countryside Dinner or the Chianti and Siena Tour with Dinner!
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and wear sunglasses and a sun hat in the summer months.
Also, appropriate clothing is required for the entrance to museums and places of worship.
You are kindly invited to follow your guide and enforce the rules that will be explained, in respect of the celebrations and the places you will visit.
You can book your private transportation service with ItalyXP.