Palio di Siena

The preparations, the square, the Districts,
our tours dedicated to a timeless show.

The Palio of Siena

(General – maximum duration 3 hours )

The Palio of Siena is the event that best represents the spirit of the community: the mixing of sacred and profane, the eternal rivalry between the districts of the city but at the same time the common love towards the city itself, the pride of a Siena-identity able to preserve its traditions despite the centuries. Breathing the atmosphere of celebration and sacredness around this unique event will be an unforgettable experience.
With our guided tours you will be able to look closely at the thrilling wait for the Palio, visit the district’s venue and discover the secrets of this unique show.

The Palio of Siena: preparations

(July the 1st and August the 15th, from 2:00pm till 4:30pm)

A guided tour to understand the incredible charm of the Palio, starting from its preparations: our tour, taking place the day before the Palio event, will take you through the most hidden corners of Siena.
Between alleys and secret underground passages, we will visit the places where the corporations once used to meet and where, even today, the people of each Contrada gather to weave the plot of the most awaited event in Siena.
A route between the Contrada’s “head-quarters”, the churches, museums and stables that host the horses in the days prior the Palio.
A must-visit for those who wish to discover the most genuine soul of the city through its most famous event.

The Palio of Siena: Piazza del Campo

(July the 2nd and August the 16th, from 2:00pm till 4:30pm)

A guided tour to better enjoy the most awaited day of the year for all the Sienese people: a tour that becomes an unrepeatable experience, enriched by the tales that our guides will tell you, about stories, anecdotes and rivalries of the most famous and controversial event in Siena.
Together we will understand why this event contains all the history, the traditions and the identity of the city and its districts.

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Here are our contacts :

  • Associazione Centro Guide
  • Tel. +39 0577 43273
  • Email info@guidesiena.it

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This does not include entrance fees for museums, wine tastings or others that is not specified in the tour description.

All tours may be subjected to route changes due to environmental and logistical factors. Timing and tour combinations, will be decided on the spot, along with the tour guide assigned to you.

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