We are going to live the “Palio di Siena“ from July 01th until the end of the Race on July 02th :
The Palio is one of the most important event in Tuscany, taking place in Siena, Piazza del Campo on July 2 and August 16 every year.
The Contrade are 17 : Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf, Goose.
Each Contrada has its own unique emblem and colors and represents an area of Siena.
During the day of the Palio race the city is absolutely full of tuscan people and many many tourists.
The Day of Palio of Siena start at with “Messa del fantino” in the chapel close to the Palazzo Comunale, then at 10.30 am inside the Palazzo Comunale you can follow the “segnatura dei fantini”. The day goes ahead, the show arrives around 5 pm in Piazza del Campo, and ends by around 6.30-7 p.m. Shortly the race start at about 7-7,30pm.
The Palio di Siena is an unforgettable experience to live.It is possible to attend the race for free from the center of the Piazza del Campo. We suggest you arrive at least by 4.30 p.m. if you want to try to find enough space to enter into the piazza (unless you want a prime location along the side of the race track, these spots are taken by morning, particularly those near the Mossa and the Gaia Fountain).
Or if you can, it is a unique experience to book an apartment with terrace and view on The Piazza as http://www.tuscanyaccommodations.org/uk/Tuscany_Holiday_Apartments-16/zone-0/Piazza_del_Campo_Siena_Apartment-248/
With a catering buffet for one of the best experience of your life!