Siena Guide

Everything you need to know about visiting Siena, Tuscany written by our local experts.

Palio di Siena: Everything You Need to Know About the Iconic Horse Race

The Palio di Siena, held twice a year on July 2nd and August 16th, is an iconic horse race deeply rooted in Siena's historical and cultural fabric.

Hosted in the majestic Piazza del Campo, this event transcends mere sport; it represents an essential aspect of Sienese identity.  Dating back to medieval times, the Palio's rich history is closely linked with the Contrade, Siena's ancient neighbourhoods.

While the race itself lasts just a few minutes, the festivities and traditional celebrations surrounding the Palio extend far beyond this.

Keep reading to learn everything about this unique event and start planning your trip to Siena.

Your Ultimate Siena Travel Guide

Discover the charm of Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved mediaeval cities and a UNESCO heritage site since 1995. With ancient traditions and a strong sense of pride, the old town is a must-see for anyone visiting Tuscany. Surrounded by picturesque cypress trees and rolling hills filled with wheat fields, the surroundings resemble the dramatic scene many people have of Tuscany.

To help you explore this beautiful area of Tuscany, we have put together a guide with all the information you need  to start planning your trip. We also have a selection of handpicked villas to rent in Siena if you still need to sort your accommodation.

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