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Palio Horse Race in Tuscany

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Palio Horse Race in Tuscany

The ‘Il Palio’ Horse Race is one of the greatest pageants of Europe held twice annually on 2nd July and 16th August in Sienna, Italy. Holiday at a luxury Italian villa nearby and enjoy this event from an exclusive seat with A&K Villas.

Twice a year during the summer in Siena, the contrade parade through the streets in medieval costumes to the cheers of supporters wearing and waving their colours. Eventually, the parade makes it into the Piazza del Campo where the heart-stopping race begins. The result of the race often sparks passionate responses with locals crying and dramatically throwing themselves to the ground if their horse doesn’t win! When the race ends, throngs of people head over to congratulate the winning fantino (jockey) who is held high on someone’s shoulders for a hero’s welcome.  

A once in a lifetime experience, you can now reserve your exclusive seat to this fascinating event in conjunction with A&K Villas in Italy, ticket prices starting from just $500 – for rates and availability please contact the Villas team on 0845 618 2205 who can arrange your luxury villa stay and event reservation. The Palio Horse race is held in Siena on 2nd July and 16th August with availability at our nearby luxury villas, Il Glicine & Villa Buonconvento.  

The race is held in the main square of Siena and seats can be secured as follows: 

  • Standing place in the Casato area $500 (euros) per person
  • Seat behind the Fonte Gaia fountain $700 (euros) per person
  • Apartment in a historic palace on the square, furnished with antiques, 1st floor with 4 windows, in the San Martino area, the most fascinating view because it is positioned on the most dangerous bend of the race. A buffet is providedduring the race and the apartment is available for the trial run the evening before the race as well as the race. Each window can hold 4-5 people $2.500 (euros) per window (total $10.000) > Apartment in a historic palace on the square, furnished with antiques, 1st floor with 3 windows, at the start line (mossa). This apartment available from 4PM until the end of the race. Each window can hold 4-5 people and costs $3.500 (euros) per window (total $10.500)

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