Number of Days: 7
Join us on tour to Tuscany in Italy to experience the culture, amazing art, food, wines and fun festivities that make this event so special.
We participate in the pre-race festivities, the selection of our favourite contrade, the viewing and blessing of the horses, lots of flag waving and music, a big street feast, colourful parades, the race and even MORE festivities.
There’s always lots of people for the Palio. Most are tourists crammed in the centre of Piazza Del Campo (where the horses race), but we have made arrange-ments for our group, and we will be view-ing the proceedings from a private view-ing location overlooking the piazza. After the event we have a feast to celebrate - win or lose.
The Palio Mini Tour is for 7 days, from Rome and return to Rome, and can be added before or after other Italy tours.
Day 1: On arrival Rome airport transfer direct to Siena, a picturesque walled Tuscan town and site of the Palio festival. Accom 5 nights Siena. B
Day 2: Breakfast followed by a viewing of the "Tratta" (the assignment of the horses to the "contrade"- clan/ districts). In the afternoon a visit to Chianti with snack and wine tasting at winery (included). B
Day 3: Free day to relax or explore Siena. Spend the evening at the Palio trials. Enjoy a typical dinner in the streets with the "contradaioli". B.D
Day 4: Morning guided tour of the historical centre of Siena, with our guide who explains the background to the traditions of this ancient city, followed by a visit to the contrada museum. Afternoon at leisure. Attend the Prova Generale (last trial), enjoy dinner with the ‘contradaioli’ and celebrate the long awaited event with wine and song. A unique and unforgettable chance to experience the spirit of the Palio. B,D
Day 5: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we attend the ceremony of the Blessing of the Horses along with the people from the contrades. After the ceremony we view the historical procession with costumes, horses and flag wavers. Later on it is time to take our place in our exclusive viewing area overlooking the Piazza Del Campo or in the square to watch the race. Our local guide will explain all the race procedures and rules. After the excitement of the race, you may join the contrada sitting at a table in the Piazza del Campo for another traditional Tuscan dinner. B
Day 6: Transfer to Rome. Free day to explore Rome at leisure, shop or relax. Mid-afternoon visit to view the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. Accommodation 1 night Rome. B
Day 7: Transfer to Rome airport for onward flights. B
Rome to Rome
This tour is inclusive of quality twin share accommodation, viewing area, meals, as per itinerary, transport, transfers, en-trances and services of tour escort.
- $4395 per person twin share. Single supplement +$1995