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The Palio in Siena – it takes more than simply buying a ticket and then to arrive to Siena on the day of the race only to watch a few horses circle a track.

For those who want to truly understand the unique pageantry and history of Palio di Siena, we offer our hotel ticket packages.

Two race dates to consider: July 2 or August 16.

Our 3, 4 or 5 night packages include: choice of Hotel, choice of Palio Tickets, the Contrada Dinner and more…

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Your VIP Package Includes:

  • Classic Room – 3 nights w/ daily breakfast + VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony or Grandstand Seat or Window
  • Contrada Dinner Tickets – night before the final race day
  • Trial Race Tickets – to one of the evening races
  • Private City/Contrada Museum Tour
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race w/ guide/escort
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced From: Euro 2.835,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + 245,00 per person

Includes reserved Start Line Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket Options can be found on the Reservation Page

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grand continental

The only 5-star hotel in Siena. This 17 century palazzo has been restored to its original beauty, offering its own in-house restaurant and rooftop terrace and wine bar. Daily breakfast and free WiFi are included. Hotel parking is extra (Euro 45 / daily); paid directly to the hotel. Classic Double rooms are in the package; upgrades available subject to availability. Please see the Terms & Conditions section for specific policies regarding Grand Continental reservations.

Your Days of the Palio Package Includes:

  • Classic Room – 5 nights w/ daily breakfast + VAT; parking
  • Free access to the Pools, Sauna and Fitness Center
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony or Grandstand Seat or Window
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum tour
  • Viewing of the Horse Assignments
  • Trial Race Tickets
  • Chianti Wine Tour w/ Lunch
  • Transportation and Transfers during the program
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Contrada Dinner – night before the final race day
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • Our On-site Support

Priced from Euro 2.710,00 per person, double occupancy

Includes reserved Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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fontanelle

We feature this historical property for our 5 night Days of the Palio package. Located outside of Siena in the Chianti countryside, the property is fully restored from its medieval orgins, offering an on-sight restaurant, daily breakfast, free WiFi (hotel parking), as well as outdoor and indoor pools, sauna and exercise facilities. Rooms in the package are Double Classic; upgrades available, subject to availability. Transfers to/from Siena, plus transportation for the winery tour are provided as part of this package.

Your VIP Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Room – min 4 nights w/ daily breakfast + VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony or Grandstand Seat or Window
  • Contrada Dinner Tickets – night before the final race day
  • Private City/Contrada Museum Tour
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race w/ guide/escort
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced from Euro 1.940,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + Euro 190,00 per person

Single Supplement: Euro 620,00

Includes reserved Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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mille miglia 2020

A centrally located residence offers elegantly styled rooms with fresco ceilings. Only a small number of rooms to provide a boutique 4-star hotel in the historical center. Breakfast, free Wi-Fi; SAT TV included. Our primary rooms for your package are Deluxe and subject to availability. 4 night minimum required. Please see the Terms & Conditions section for specific policies on hotel cancellations.

Your Custom Package Includes:

  • Superior Room – 3 nights w/ daily breakfast; parking; VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony or Grandstand Seat or Window
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum tour
  • Contrada Dinner – night before the final race day
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced From: Euro 1.380,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + Euro 130,00 per person

Single Supplement: Euro 400,00

Includes reserved Grand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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palio tours siena

Offers in-house restaurant and rooftop terrace for countryside views. Free buffet available during the Palio dates; located Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast included and free Wifi. Hotel parking is included. Rooms in our package are Superior w/ city view; upgrades are also available, subject to availability at the time of your request.

Your Custom Package Includes:

  • Superior Room – 3 nights w/ daily breakfast; parking; VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony or Grandstand Seat or Window
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum tour
  • Contrada Dinner – night before the final race day
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced from Euro 1.345,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + Euro 130,00 per person

Single Supplement: Euro 400,00

Includes reserved Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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lobby-hotel garden

Sitting in an exclusive panoramic position nearby Siena’s historic center, the hotel was restored from an 18th century villa. Although not directly in the city center, the hotel provides an oasis of amenities with its on-site restaurant and pool/patio areas. Breakfast and hotel parking also included; free WiFi; SAT TV. Our Superior rooms are in the main villa, subject to availability at the time of your request.

Your Custom Package Includes:

  • Garden View Room – 3 nights w/ daily breakfast; prkg; VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony or Grandstand Seat or Window
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum tour
  • Contrada Dinner – night before the final race day
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced from Euro 1.310,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + Euro 120,00 per person

Single Supplement: Euro 390,00

Includes reserved Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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garden-ravizza

Historical palazzo, considered a superior 3-star with a garden and countryside view. Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast, free WiFi and hotel parking are included. Rooms in the package are with Standard Double w/ garden view; upgrades are subject to availability at the time of our request.

Your Custom Package Includes:

  • Garden View room – 3 nights w/ daily breakfast and VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony Seats or Grandstand Seats
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum tour
  • Contrada Dinner – night before the final race day
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced from Euro 1.225,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + Euro 90,00 per person

Single Supplement: Euro 270,00

Includes reserved Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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Just outside the historic city walls at Porta Romana, its location still offers easy walking distance to the city center, plus beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside from the private garden. Breakfast included; free WiFi; hotel parking available at extra cost (Euro 15 / daily), paid directly to the hotel. Rooms in our package are with garden view, subject to availabilities.

Your Custom Package Includes:

  • Double Room – 3 nights w/ daily breakfast; parking; VAT
  • Palio Tickets – select Balcony Seats or Grandstand Seats
  • Siena City / Contrada Museum tour
  • Contrada Dinner – night before the final race day
  • Horse Blessing – day of the race
  • Historical Parade – in the campo day of the race
  • On-Site Support

Priced from Euro 1.175,00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Nights: + Euro 95,00 per person

Single Supplement: Euro 250,00

Includes reserved Grandstand Seats – Other Ticket options can be found on the Reservation Page

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borgo grondaie

B&B style property is outside the historical city near the Siena train station. Offers a private pool, hotel room or apartment style accommodations. Breakfast, free WiFi and hotel parking included. Our rooms are hotel style; apartment style units are also available, subject to availability.

Package Price Comparison Matrix

Hotel / Ticket Options
Grandstand
Standard
Balcony
Standard
Grandstand
Start-Line
Balcony
Start-Line
Window
4x *
Window
2x **
Window
Start-Line ***
Grand Continental ***** (3 nights)
€ 2,835
€ 2,885
€ 3,000
€ 3,070
€ 3,115
€ 3,165
€ 4,340
Le Fontanelle ***** (5 night package)
€ 2,710
€ 2,760
€ 2,875
€ 2,945
€ 2,990
€ 3,040
€ 4,215
Relais degli Angeli **** (min 4 nights)
€ 1,940
€ 1,990
€ 2,105
€ 2,175
€ 2,220
€ 2,270
€ 3,445
Hotel Athena **** (3 nights)
€ 1,380
€ 1,430
€ 1,545
€ 1,615
€ 1,660
€ 1,710
€ 2,885
Garden Hotel **** (3 nights)
€ 1,345
€ 1,395
€ 1,510
€ 1,580
€ 1,625
€ 1,675
€ 2,850
Palazzo Ravizza *** (3 nights)
€ 1,310
€ 1,360
€ 1,475
€ 1,545
€ 1,590
€ 1,640
€ 2,815
Santa Caterina *** (3 nights)
€ 1,225
€ 1,275
€ 1,390
€ 1,460
€ 1,505
€ 1,555
Borgo Grondaie *** (3 nights)
€ 1,175
€ 1,225
€ 1,340
€ 1,410
€ 1,455
€ 1,505

NOTES:

Above prices are per person.

* Window 4x: price is per person, based on group reservation for 4 persons who will share the window (3 person windows are also an option).

** Window 2x: price is per person, based on reservation for 2 persons who will share the window (3 person windows are also an option).

*** Window Start Line: price is per person, based on 2 persons at the window (these window can also accommodate up to 3 persons).

Hotel Options

Borgo Grondaie *** B&B style property is outside the historical city near the Siena train station. Offers a private pool, hotel room or apartment style accommodations. Breakfast, free WiFi and hotel parking included. Our rooms are hotel style; apartment style units are also available, subject to availability.

Hotel Santa Caterina *** Just outside the historic city walls at Porta Romana, its location still offers easy walking distance to the city center, plus beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside from the private garden. Breakfast included; free WiFi; hotel parking available at extra cost (Euro 15 / daily), paid directly to the hotel. Rooms in our package are with garden view, subject to availability.

Palazzo Ravizza *** Historical palazzo, considered a superior 3-star with a garden and countryside view. Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast, free WiFi and hotel parking are included. Rooms in the package are with Standard Double w/ garden view; upgrades are subject to availability at the time of our request.

Hotel Athena **** Offers in-house restaurant and rooftop terrace for countryside views. Free buffet available during the Palio dates; located Inside the historical city walls. Breakfast included and free Wifi in lobby areas; hourly charges for room internet service. Hotel parking is included. Rooms in our package are Superior Double w/ city view; upgrades are also available, subject to availability at the time of your request.

Garden Hotel ****  The hotel was restored from an 18th century villa. Although not directly in the historic ccenter, the hotel offers an exclusive panoramic position with views of the cities iconic Duomo and Torre del Mangia, the hotel also provides 4-star amenities with its on-site restaurant and pool/patio areas. Breakfast and hotel parking also included; free WiFi; SAT TV. Our Superior Double rooms are in the main villa, subject to availability at the time of your request.

Relais degli Angeli **** A period residence offers elegantly styled rooms with fresco ceilings. With only a small number of rooms, it provides a boutique 4-star hotel in the historical center. Breakfast, free Wi-Fi; SAT TV included. Our primary rooms are Deluxe Double and subject to availability.

Le Fontanelle ***** Our featured property for the 5 night Days of the Palio Tour. The historical property restored to its original beauty, offers on-sight restaurant. Daily breakfast, free WiFi (and hotel parking) are included. Located in Chianti, the property offers outdoor and indoor pools, sauna and exercise facilities. Rooms are Classic Double; upgrades are available, subject to availability at the time of your request. Transfers to/from Siena are provided as part ot this hotel package.

Grand Continental ***** The only 5-star hotel in Siena. This 17 century palazzo, restored to its original beauty, offers in-house restaurant and rooftop terrace and cozy wine bar. Daily breakfast is included. WiFi is Euro 10 per 24 hours. Hotel parking is extra (Euro 45 / daily) and paid directly to the hotel. Classic Double rooms are included in our package; upgrades available subject to availability.

Program Details

Palio Event Dates: June 29 to July 2 or August 13 to August 16

The Palio is a 4 day festival. While most of the hotel/ticket packages are offered and priced for 3 nights; additional nights can be added.

Below we have outlined the activities relating to the event over the four day period and how you can enjoy them as a part of your own reservation Hotel/Ticket Package. Please note with some packages the trial races and or wine tour are options, which can be added to your package. Trial race tickets are only provided for the evening trial races.

* A 5 night package (starting June 28 or August 12) would allow you to arrive the day/evening before all the activities noted below.

Day 1: (June 29 or August 13)

Arrive and check in to your hotel in Siena. Of course take an opportunity to explore the city and all its medieval charm. It is a city full of artistic heritage and architecture. The first of the trial races (tickets are an option) can be viewed on this evening (7:00pm).

Day 2: (June 30 or August 14)

Trial races will take place in the morning (9:00am) and in the evening (7:00pm) (reserved tickets are offered as an option).

Day 3: (July 1 or August 15)

Typically this day offers your Siena city tour, including an exclusive visit to one of the Contrada museum (morning and afternoon times are scheduled). Mid-day provides our optional Chianti Wine tour with a visit and lunch to an historical winery near Siena. Later, in the evening you will have the opportunity to attend one of the Contrada banquet dinners (cena prova generale), the invitation only dinners where the many members and supporters for each Contrada will dine al fresco in their own neighborhood within the historical city. Between the wine, the food and the friendliest of atmospheres, you will surely begin to understand how the Palio is more than just a horse race.

Day 4: (July 2 or August 16)

A full day of Palio related activities, before the final race in the evening. The morning brings the final trial race, then between 2 and2:30pm opportunities abound as the individual horse blessings begin to take place and a small group of Contrada members (contradaioli) begin their parade in medieval costume through the city, stopping at various key points to display their colors and flag waving skills. All paths will eventually lead to Piazza del Campo, where in the late afternoon (5:15pm), the formal historical parade will begin. This colorful pageantry is followed by the most famous horse race in all of Italy – Palio di Siena.

Day 5: (July 3 or August 17)

After morning breakfast, for most it will be time to check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you looking for other sights in Tuscany please let us help you with our daily tours that feature the beautiful sights and hill top villages of the region or if you need private transfers to Pisa, Florence or Rome, these can also be arranged. Please review in our Transportation Services tab.

Additional Options

Chianti Winery Tour

The tour is 4 hours, leaving from and returning to Siena. It includes transportation. The tour will include history of the winery, and a cellar visit, plus a tour of the wine production facilities and wine tastings. After the tour, you will be treated to lunch at the winery. Cost is 95 euro per person (minimum participation required).

Photo Tour

A special opportunity for our Palio clients. Cost is 35 euro per person. The tour is offered in the historical center of Siena. You will be escorted by a local photographer who can reveal the “best photo ops” not always seen or known by the many tourists passing through the city with their iphones. The tour lasts for 1 1/2 hours. (minimum participation required).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the Palio?

The Palio in Siena is held twice a year; on July 2 and August 16 (no matter the day of the week). In total, the event is held over 4 days.

What are the dates for the hotel/ticket packages?

The typical 3 nights are June 30, July 1 and 2nd; or August 14, 15, 16. Additional nights can be added to any package. Our 5 night package begins June 28th or August 12th.

What is included in the hotel/ticket package?

The Palio Ticket package includes: 3, 4 or 5 night accommodations of your choice with Palio Tickets for the respective race (July 2nd or August 16th), the historical parade that precedes the race, reservations to a Contrada dinner (night before the race) and our exclusive City/Contrada Museum tour, plus On-Site support (which includes information regarding the horse blessing, how to arrive to Siena, and restaurant suggestions). Additional hotel nights can be added to any package. Tickets to the trial races and the assignment of the horses (Tratta) are not included in the Base Package, but can be added. Their cost is extra (cost details below).

Where is the race run for the Palio in Siena?

Since the mid 1600s the Palio di Siena has been run in the city’s famous city ‘square’, Piazza del Campo. The piazza is not in a typical square or rectangular shape, but more in the shape of sea shell, curved at the top, flat on the bottom. The race is run (3 laps) in a clockwise direction around the piazza on the clay “track” that is layed down in the campo a few days before the race.

What ticket options are available in the package?

Reserved tickets for the Palio and the historic parade that precedes it, come in 3 categories – 1) balcony (located on the buildings that surround the campo) offering assigned seated or standing positions; 2) windows in the same buildings that surround and overlook the campo; typically located in an apartment, windows are fully opened for viewing the campo and can be classified as “Standard” (can be shared for total of 4 persons) or “Start Line” (private window for up to 3 persons); 3) grandstand seats (bleachers or ‘palco‘ as they are called) – which are located starting at ground level on the perimeter of the race track and in front of the buildings that surround the track area. There are up to 5 rows of grandstand seating, each with an assigned number. In each category you have “Standard” (away from the start/finish line) and “Start Line” (in the area of the Start/Finish line).

Where are Palio Tours tickets located?

Our individual Grandstand Seat tickets are in the shaded sections of the campo. Balcony and Window positions are in all areas of the campo. A visual of the 4 general descriptive ticket locations in the Campo can be seen in the photo provided under “Ticket Locator” tab. Our tickets are offered in the 4 locations as follows:

   Mossa (Start/Finish Line): Grandstand Seats, Balcony Seats (and Balcony Standing), Private Windows (each suitable for up to 3 persons)
   Fonte Gaia: Grandstand Seats, Balcony Seats (and Balcony Standing), Private Windows (each suitable for up to 3 persons)
   Casato: Grandstand Seats, Balcony Seats, Private Windows (each suitable for up to 4 persons)
   San Martino: Private Balcony (suitable for up to 20 persons) or Private Windows (each suitable for up to 4 persons)

Are the Palio Tours tickets located in the shaded areas of the campo?

Mossa, Fonte Gaia and Casato are in the shade of the campo at the time of the race. For more details on ticket locations read the question/answer above.

From the Grandstands are we able to see to the far side as the race as it moves around the track?

Yes, given the campo has a natural downward slope (going away from the grandstands towards the Torre del Mangia) you are able to see the race and the action as it moves around to the far side for the 3 laps it takes to complete.

Tell us more about the balcony positions?

For balconies we offer both seated as well as standing positions. Typically the seats are in the form or individual chairs or in some cases benches and are placed in front of a step-up bench used for the standing positions. With either ticket (seated or standing) the positions are assigned – in other words if you decide to leave your position and for instance step inside the adjoining apartment or shop you will not loose your position on the balcony to someone else.

Is it possible to have a private balcony or window?

Yes – Balconies or individual windows can be reserved for private use; naturally it depends on the size of your group. Please contact us with any custom requests.

Are there refreshments, drinks and or food available? Is there access to restrooms?

Our Apartment/Window options do provide for drink refreshment (wine, water and or juices), plus an assortment of food items and snacks. Certain Balcony locations do provide some drink refreshment and or food items or snacks, depending on the particular balcony; however, the drink options are limited usually to sodas and or water and juices; no alcohol is served or allowed to be brought in. Consider as you might with any modern sports arena or stadium, when you wish a drink or food items, you step out to a concession stand; in the same way you can step off the balcony and exit the shop to spend time in one of the many bars and or cafes that just outside the Campo for your food, wine or other alcohol refreshments. With either (apartments or balcony) access to a restroom is either directly in the adjoining space or just outside the space. The Grandstands (which represent approximately 80% of all reserved tickets) do not provide refreshments or access to a restroom, as the restaurants and or bars in the buildings behind the grandstand seating are not open during the time of the Palio; only before and after the time of the parade/race are they open for business. With Grandstand seats we suggest to visit your favorite bar and cafe to enjoy a pre-race drink and or snack; as well as take car of any bathroom needs.

Tell us more about the hotels or other accommodation options?

Our base package (3 nights) provides a choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels in Siena. Our Days of the Palio Tour package offers 5 nights with a special hotel property (in 2019 Le Fontanelle), which is located just outside of Siena, in the Chianti region. Additional accommodation options include Tuscan Villas outside of Siena that can be rented during the week of the Palio. We also can offer a series of apartments located in the historic center. Please ask us for details on these options. In general, the apartments that may overlook the campo are NOT rented for overnight stays during the Palio. They are only offered for the purpose of selling tickets for the trial races and the final race where ticket holders can then watch the race from the windows or balconies of the apartment.

We will arrive by car, do the hotels provide parking?

Hotel Athena, Hotel Garden, Palazzo Ravizza, Le Fontanelle and Borgo Grondaie provide for parking and it is included in your package; Grand Continental, Relais degli Angeli and Hotel Santa Caterina offering parking options, but the cost is extra and to be paid directly to the hotel.

What is included in the 5-night package?

The special Days of the Palio Ticket package includes: 5 nights accommodations (in 2019, Le Fontanelle), plus your choice of Palio Tickets for the respective race (July 2nd or August 16th); the historical parade that precedes the race, opportunity to witness the horse assignments, view a trial race, reservations to a Contrada dinner (night before the race) and our exclusive City/Contrada Museum tour. It also includes a Chianti Winery tour (with lunch) and all the transfers to/from Siena (according to the daily schedule), a welcome dinner, plus our On-Site support. The transportation provided with this package is exclusive for our clients. The package begins June 28 (for the July Palio) or August 12 (for the August Palio).

Is there a reason to stay in Siena for more than the 3 nights?

Yes. The Palio festival, in both July and August, is actually over 4 days. The first day of each festival is devoted to the selection and random assignment of the horses (Tratta) to the 10 Contrade. This activity takes place in Piazza del Campo between noon and 1:30pm on either the 29th of June (July race) or August 13th (August race). Later, in the evening, the first trial race (Prova) is held. Since horses who may have won previous Palio can be in the lot of 10 horses, their assignment to a particular Contrada is considered a great start to the festival for those Contrada who are so fortunate – even without such fortune, the excitement and or emotions of the Contrada members are on full display in the campo for all to see during this critical moment.

Do any of the Siena hotels that you offer have a direct view of the campo?

No. There are no hotels in Siena that overlook the campo. We can however suggest our Campo Suite. Please ask us about details.

What happens if it rains?

If there is rain on the day of the Palio (July 2nd or August 16), making the track conditions not suitable to run the race, then the race will be rescheduled for the next day (July 3rd or August 17) or even the day after if necessary. Your tickets, are good for the race whichever day it is run. Unfortunately there are are no refunds if you are not able to stay over for the rescheduled race. Tickets for a respective Trial Race can be honored on the mornning or evening race the day after a cancellation, subject to availabilities. Tickets for the Contrada Dinner are not refundable if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions or otherwise cancelled by the respective Contrada, since this activity cannot be rescheduled.

Will there be someone in Siena to assist us?

Our tour director and other company personnel will be in Siena for the Palio. They are available to answer any questions you may have during your visit to Siena. Please note, however, Our Palio Special Event Package, (“Package”) is NOT an Escorted Group Tour. The Package is a combination of services and products designed for independent travelers that wish to enjoy the freedom of an un-escorted trip, but with the convenience and value of a package price. Our clients do come together for their respective City Tour and the Contrada Dinner, as well for the options of the Cooking Class and or the Chianti Wine tour (times, meeting point and location of the dinner will be in your Summary Time Line). The Package does not include transportation, transfers, tour escort (other than on guided Siena City Tour), or any services not explicitly listed on the invoice provided to you for your reservation. If you wish to have such additional services, please let us know as they can be added to any Package reservation.

If we cannot make our trip, what is the cancellation / refund policy policy?

Palio Tickets are non-refundable. However, resale provisions are given in case of cancellations – please see our Terms and Conditions for further details in regard to Tickets and Package reservations for the Palio.

What do we receive to confirm our ticket purchase or full package reservation?

For full Package reservations, you will initially receive an email and document to confirm the details of your reservation – in the weeks prior to the event, we will email a time line summary for your hotel reservation, Palio tickets, city tour, and Contrada Dinner or any other options or services you have booked. Instruction on “how to arrive” to your ticket location will be given when you receive your tickets in Siena.

When will we receive our tickets?

Actual Palio Tickets for the race and tickets for the Contrada dinner will be given to you in Siena. The specific location for “pick-up” or delivery and the time for receiving your tickets will be given in with your time line summary, in most cases the location will be your hotel.  Our tour director and other company personnel are in Siena for each race and will be in available during the days of the festival in order to help you with tickets or other festival related issues. We do not mail Palio tickets for several logistical reasons, primarily to avoid any problems (i.e. lost in the regular mail; forgotten at home, etc.).

If we don’t purchase tickets, will we be able to see the race from the square/street?

You cannot see the race or the historical parade that precedes it unless you are in a reserved ticket position or in the the center of the campo, where you can stand (possibly in the sun) for the 3 plus hours prior to the race. Our ticket positions are in the shaded sections of the campo.

What time does the race start and end?

The time to be in your reserved ticket position is by 4:45pm; in most instances the race/event will over by 8:15pm.

What happens after the race?

After the winning horse/jockey crosses the finish line, a full celebration of the winning Contrada will begin (as one could expect). Once this celebration starts there is no time limit; eventually the winning Contrada members will make their way with their winning horse and jockey to leave the campo, passing Fonte Gaia and exiting the campo at San Martino. In July, the winning Contrada take their celebration to the Church of the Provenzano; in August the initial celebration finds its way to the Duomo (Siena Cathedral). Eventually the winning Contrada will make their way back to their own neighborhood to continue their celebrations. These celebitory actions are not “closed” to the public.

Does the Palio ticket allow you to witness the horse blessings?

The horse blessings are a featured activity with your package; however, a ticket is in fact not actually needed to witness a horse blessing. They take place in the early afternoon on the day of the Palio (approx 2:30pm) in the respective churches of each Contrada. As part of your ticket pacakge, you will receive suggestions on which blessing to witness and where these are located.

Is parking available if we arrive by car for Trial races or on the Day of the Palio?

Yes, there are defined pay-to-park (blue line) areas and also pay-to-park covered parking garages around the perimeter of the historical city. From these areas you would then walk in to the city center. With the many people arriving, naturally the earlier you arrive, the more chance of finding a spot to park.

Are there other activities or celebrations in conjunction with the race?

There are several activities to be aware of. On the day of the race (July 2 or August 16) the ‘horse blessings’ begin at about 2:30pm (2pm in August) in the respective churches of each Contrada. This activity is free, but obviously you will give way to any Contrada member before entering the church; the ‘in city’ parade begins after the hourse blessings; the historical parade begins in the campo just after 5:00pm (a little earlier in August); the historical parade lasts approx 2 hours; the race gets ready to begin after the parade is completed. After the race by tradition, the winning Contrada will leave in celebration from the campo to go first the Church of Provenzano (July race) or the Duomo (August race). Afterwards they will proceed to their own neighborhood church and for more celebrations.

Is there a required attire for the different functions i.e. contrada dinner, cooking class, wine tour, city tour, race, etc?

There is no particular “dress code” for any of the functions/activities.  It is basically casual clothing and according to the weather and tempature. However, our suggestion, NO beach wear (“ie. tank tops, flip flops), in particular for the contrada dinner.

Our children will join us on this trip – can they attend the Palio? Are there discounts for children?

Yes, children can attend, but suggest the minimum age to consider is 5 years. Unfortunately, discounts for Palio tickets are not able to be offered for children.

I have a small child – can they sit on my lap while we are in our seats?

Sorry it is not possible. This is primarily due to lack of sufficient space in either the reserved grandstands or seated balcony positions, as well as for general safety concerns. However, a ticket option that can work well for families with smaller/younger children is with one of our apartments with windows overlooking the campo square.

Will food be served during the Palio or should we bring food?

Our Balcony options will serve some drink refreshments (sodas, juices and or water, depending on the particular balcony) and or snack food items (again depending on the balcony) in the adjoining shop (or apartment) during the two-hour parade that precedes the race.  Our Window ticket options do provide an assortment of light food and drink refreshments, (in some locations wine, water and juices. Therefore, with either of these options it is not necessary to bring your own food and it is otherwise requested not to bring any food items, additional wine, or alcoholic drinks of any kind in glass bottles. For Grandstand reserved seating (depending on security measure in place) you are permitted to bring your own beverages in plastic bottles; possibly some light food is also permitted, but in either case these items cannot be carried in coolers or other large containers.

What is featured in the City / Contrada museum tour; and how long does it last?

The city tour lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours and includes the major highlights of Siena, including the most unique part of the tour, a visit to one of the Contrada Museums. Each Contrada (17) has their own museum, which contains many historical and artistic pieces, representing the history of the Contrada and Siena. One of the items of interest are the victory banner taken by the Contrada when it wins a Palio. During the Palio, only through a special reservation request can one access these museum treasures. Our hotel/ticket package provides you this special reservation.

What is the ‘Contrada Dinner’ and who attends?

Known to the Sienese as the ‘Cena Prova Generale‘, each of the 10 Contrada who will participate in the race will hold and invitation-only dinner in Siena the night before (thus on either July 1st or August 15th). The setting for each dinner is outdoors in a special street or piazza within the respective Contrada (district). Depending on the size of the Contrada, some dinners are served in this fashion for well over a 1,000 Contrada members and their guests. The dinners are by invitation only (you cannot arrive in Siena and simply walk up to purchase a ticket). The dinner while of course festive is also a way to raise money to support the financial needs of the Contrada. The dinner is 4-courses, served with wine and of course the ambiance of a very special evening.

In which Contrada will we have our dinner?

The selection for the Contrada is naturally based on who runs (only 10 of the 17 Contrade are in any one race). We personally know individuals in many of the Contrade, so we are sure to have these very special tickets to offer to our clients. You will be informed either prior or on your arrival in Siena as to which Contrada dinner you will attend. Our tour guides and or company representatives will be at the dinner(s) we choose to attend.

What or when are the Trial Races?

There are 6 trial races (prova) during the 4 Days of the Palio. The most exciting of these are the 3 evening prove (7:00pm on June 29, 30, July 1 or August 13, 14, 15) – members of each Contrada will be in the campo to support their cause. Trial Race Tickets are optional and therefore not part of the Base Package. The additional cost is 85 euro per ticket (1 ticket is required per race). Of the 3 evening races, the most typical choice is the last one on either July 1st or August 15th, known as the ‘prova generale’, given it precedes the Contrada dinner (Cena Prova Generale) held later in the evening. Unlike the final race, there is not a parade or procession prior to any of the trial races; the entry time is therefore much later, recommended at 7:00pm pm. Also please note for various reasons, trial race tickets are generally not in the same location as your Palio Tickets (read more details below).

Would we be better off just watching a practice run?

The practice/trial races (prova) can be interesting, and for visitors more a tool to understand how the Palio race is conducted, but the prova in no way can be considered an equal replacement for the final race. The trial races are not for qualification; all of the 10 participants are in the race regardless of how they may finish in a practice run; they can only be eliminated if their horse is somehow injured or unable to run. And if a horse is unable to run, the Contrada does not receive a replacement; so the trial races are not run at full speed for the entire 3 laps. There is certainly a unique atmosphere during the trials (more like a pep rally for all the Contrada), but the level of intensity is no where near the same as the final race.

Can you reserve the grandstands (or balcony positions) for the Trial Races?

Typically not, since grandstand seats are taken by the different Contrada and their members. They even take many of the balconies. This leaves a only a few balconies and windows available for use for the trial race tickets. Our Trial Races tickets are located in one of our apartments that overlooks the campo. Up to 4 persons are assigned to each window. There are 4 windows in the apartment (2 windows per floor).

What is provided by the Chianti/Tuscan wine tour?

The tour (offered July 1st or August 15) departs Siena at 11:00am and returns by 3:30pm, transportation included. Cost is 95 euro per person (minimum participation required). The tour will include history of the selected winery, and a cellar visit, plus a tour of the wine production facilities and wine tastings. After the tour, you will be treated to lunch at the winery (or its adjacent restaurant).

A visual photo of the 4 descriptive ticket locations in the Campo can be seen below.

Our tickets are offered in each of the 4 areas of the campo. Within each area, there are 3 categories of tickets: 1) Balcony Seats, Grandstand Seats and Windows. We have reserved Grandstand Seats in the Mossa, Casato and Fonte Gaia. We do not utilize grandstand seat tickets located in the area of San Martino, since it is exposed to the sun during the time of the 2 1/2 hour parade that precedes the race (the other 3 areas are in the shade.) We do have Private (or Shared) Window options in San Martino; because you have the comfort of the interior space, these tickets are located in each of the 4 areas. For Trial Race tickets we have our exclusive apartment/windows in the Mossa or the Casato.

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Transfers and Transportation

The following transportation services are offered to assist your arrival to Siena. Prices are each way. The services includes private A/C vehicle, English speaking driver, all road tolls, fuel and taxes. For any transfer, extra wait time is calculated at 50 per hour, either during the transfer service or while awaiting delayed flight arrivals.

Transfers TO / FROM Siena
1 – 4 Persons
5 – 8 persons
Rome Center or Airport (FCO)
€ 450
€ 470
Rome Seaport (Civitavecchia)
€ 370
€ 390
Florence Center or Airport (FLR)
€ 180
€ 190
Florence w/ stop (up to 2 hours)
€ 280
€ 290
Pisa Center or Airport (PSA)
€ 260
€ 280
Cinque Terre
€ 450
€ 470
From Areas Just Outside Siena
€ 100 – 160
€ 120 – 180
Waiting Time
€ 50 / hr
€ 50 / hr

Terms & Conditions

Our Palio Special Event Packages (“Package”) are NOT an Escorted Group Tour. The Package is a combination of services and products designed for independent travelers that wish to enjoy the freedom of an un-escorted trip with the convenience and value of a package price. The Package does not include transportation, transfers, tour escort (other than on guided Siena City Tour), or any services not explicitly listed on the invoice provided to you for your reservation. If you wish to have such additional services, please let us know as they can be added. The support for the program comes from our own on-site personnel and other professionals who we know personally and have worked with for many years.

Payments: Full payment is required for reservations made in the same calendar year as the Palio you wish to attend. Due to specific hotel terms and conditions, full payment is also required for the Grand Continental and the Relais delgi Angeli package (see terms of cancellation below). For other hotel package reservations made in the year prior to the Palio you wish to attend (i.e you wish to attend the July Palio of 2020 and reservation is made in 2019), a 40% deposit is required in order to confirm your hotel/ticket package reservation or 50% for your Siena Apartment/Ticket or Villa/Ticket package reservation (“Deposit Reservations”). Payments can be made by direct credit card (VISA, M/C, AMEX), also by Paypal, or by Euro Bank Transfer or for U.S. customers only via the ZELLE bank transfer system. Any necessary Balance Payments will be due February 1st (July Palio) or March 1st (August Palio) or other dates as specified for your reservation. For Deposit Reservations made with an initial direct credit card deposit payment, the Balance Payment will automatically be charged to the credit card provided, unless the reservation is otherwise cancelled or notice is given to use an alternate form of payment. If the credit card on file is not found to be valid at the time of the Balance Payment, the reservation is subject to cancellation according to the terms found below (Customer Cancellations). Prices for unpaid balances on Deposit Reservations are subject to change.

Credit Card payments are processed in USD currency and processed using a financial exchange rate, which is defined as current market exchange rate plus 2.0%. American Express, VISA, MasterCard and DiscoverCard are accepted for reservation payments.

Ticket Delivery: Actual Palio Tickets for the race will be given to you in Siena; either at your hotel in Siena or a determined meeting point. Once your reservation is fully paid, a detailed ticket information package will be emailed to you, listing all the necessary Siena contact information, ticket vouchers, plus (if determined) the pick up location. Our tour director and other company personnel are in Siena for each race. We do not mail Palio tickets for several logistical reasons. Only one set of tickets is printed in the weeks prior to the race dates. Actual tickets are claimed in Siena for the respective races (July 2 or August 16th) to avoid any problems (i.e. lost in the regular mail; forgotten at home).

IF YOU DECIDE TO CANCEL, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COMPANY IN WRITING OF YOUR INTENT TO CANCEL.

Customer Cancellations: if you are not able to attend the Palio and wish to cancel your reservation and your notice to cancel is received prior to 60 days before the Start Date (June 29th or August 13th) and if another buyer can be found for the Hotel or Tickets by either party, then the Company can provide for a refund for the resale price of the hotel/ticket package, net of any transaction costs so incurred, including but not limited to credit card service charges, reservation transfer fees and or commissions.

Refunds for hotel accommodations (other than Grand Continental or Relais degli Angeli) or other travel options supplied for any cancelled Special Event package will be subject to the refund schedule found below. Packages including Grand Continental and Relais degli Angeli, must be resold in order to provide a refund (according to the cancellation terms stated above).

Deposits and payments for accommodations will follow the refund schedule below:
Prior to 90 days before Start Date: Refund, less 25% of total cost, net of Tickets;
Prior to 60 days before Start Date: Refund, less 50% of total cost, net of Tickets;
60 days or less before Start Date: No refunds.

Event Cancellations: In the case of rain, the Palio race will be rescheduled to run on the following day. Your tickets are valid for the rescheduled race. There are no refunds if you are not able to stay over for the rescheduled race. Cancellations of any trial race, or the Contrada Dinner or City Tour due to weather conditions are not refundable. The Company reserves the right to cancel the Cooking Class or Wine Tour option at any time if sufficient reservations are not received or for other unforeseen reasons that impair the success or enjoyment of either activity as part of any Palio Package. If these optional activities are cancelled, all deposits and or payments related to these optional activities will be returned in full. No refunds are made for unused portions of any reservation, including but not limited to missed meals, missed guided tours, Tickets (includes airline tickets), or non-use of hotel room or property rental.

Passports & Visas: All customers must posses a valid passport and/or any visas or special travel documents that can be used a proof of citizenship. The Company accepts no liability for clients improperly documented.

Travel Insurance Protection: To cover costs associated with your reservation, the Company encourages you to consider purchasing a travel insurance policy. The Company does not supply or support any one company in this regard but can make suggestions as to the companies that provide this service – see these options are found in a link at the bottom of this webpage “Insurance”.

General Conditions & Disclaimers: Confirmation and payment of any reservation constitutes acceptance of the financial agreements between the Company and the Customer and the provisions of this agreement are in effect. The Company is acting as a tour operator responsible for arranging reservations for the services as outlined in the website paliotours.com. All suppliers providing transportation, guided tours, and lodging for the Company have no legal affiliation, nor are they employees of the Company. The Company assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss, whether to person or property, arising from, but not limited to, injury, accident, death, delay, alteration or inconvenience, by whatever cause, including airline scheduling, default, strike, terrorism, war, hostility, civil disturbance, quarantine, or resulting directly or indirectly from any other acts of nature. Under no circumstances is the Company to be construed as a Common Carrier under contract for safe carriage of the passenger or his/her baggage and personal belongings.

Atlantic Ventures USA,Inc. is registered as a Seller of Travel in the states of Florida, Registration No. ST-33263, doing business as Palio Tours (paliotours.com). The Company is not liable in respect to personal injury, loss or damage of personal property or loss of life, while engaged in the tours or other services provided herein. The Company is not responsible for third party cancellations for any reason due to unforeseen circumstances (such as war or terrorism) and or other international events beyond its control. It is recommended that clients arrange travel insurances for medical, personal, property, or cancellation.

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Customer Comments

” … exact way we like to travel; (just) enough guidance to really enjoy the experience… the event far surpassed anything we could have imagined.. EPIC!”

Karen M. (US) – Palio August 2019

More Comments

” …thank you for EVERYTHING you did for one of the most amazing experiences my wife and I have ever had! The hotel was awesome, the tour guide was incredible, the arrangements for the contrada dinner were spot on, and the (start line window) apartment and palio met every one of our expectations! ..”

Bob G. (US) – Palio August 2018

” …Thank you so much for the arrangements you made for us; We loved every minute we had in Siena, it was a magical few days..”

Tony F. (AU) – Palio July 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed both the Palio which was a magical experience and the whole stay, particularly the contrada dinner. The hotel was delightful and everything was well organised. Thank you for a lovely and memorable holiday. … “

S. Davies (UK) – Palio August 2017

 

Just wanted to say “thanks” for all your help in providing us with a great Palio experience. As well as the “big event”, everything else from the airport transfers to the Contrada dinner made the trip special for us. The guide on the museum tour revealed lots of insights that we’d never have gotten to know if we’d have done it alone … “

Frank T. (UK) – Palio July 2016

 

” … Really appreciated your time & knowledge. One item off the bucket list, but I think we may be back! .. ” John A. (UK) – Palio July 2015

 

” All the hotels were outstanding, the transfers you arranged were perfect and the entire 3 days at the Palio were off the charts! There wasn’t anything you missed, everything was superb…

Robert B. (USA) – Palio August 2014

 

” … Can never watch another horse race… (They don’t compare).”

R. Scheible. (UK) – Palio July 2012