The Palio Horse Race: Dating back to the 17th century, the Palio is not just a race, but an age-old tradition deeply rooted in Sienese history. Held twice a year on July 2nd and August 16th, this captivating event draws visitors from all corners of the globe. The race features ten horses and riders, each representing a specific contrada (neighborhood) of Siena, as they compete fiercely for victory in the Piazza del Campo, the city’s iconic main square.
Immerse Yourself in the Festivities: Whether you’re staying at Casali di Casole or planning a day trip from Siena, attending the Palio promises an unforgettable experience. The entire city buzzes with excitement as locals passionately support their contrada, dressed in their respective colors and flags. Before the race, engross yourself in the atmosphere by witnessing the spectacular parade where participants display historical costumes and traditional pageantry.
Race Day: On July 2nd, the Piazza del Campo transforms into an electrifying arena filled with anticipation. As the horses thunder through the square, the adrenaline is palpable. The race itself is only 90 seconds, but its intensity, along with the breathtaking display of horsemanship, make it a must-see event. Remember, victory is not solely determined by which horse crosses the finish line first, but also by the tactics and strategy employed by the riders.
Tips for Attending: If you’re planning to witness the Palio, we recommend arriving early to secure a good viewing spot. As an esteemed guest of Casali di Casole, our concierge will be delighted to assist you in arranging transportation and providing guidance on the best vantage points. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the energy and excitement of this iconic race!