Palio Experience in Siena
This unique experience reveals the essence and nature of the Sienese people. The rehearsal dinner with hundreds of "contradaioli" the night before the race is a delight. During the race, have an excellent position on a shaded balcony while enjoying snacks and beverages.

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•4 Nights Accommodations
•1 Traditional Tuscan Dinner
•1 Cooking Class Followed
 by Lunch with Chianti Wine
•Siena Walking Tour with
 Local Guide
•Tickets to Dress Rehearsal
 & Dinner in One of the
 Contrada's Homes
 (Jul. 1st or Aug. 15th )
•Tickets to Attend the
 Il Palio
•Parade and Race with
 Local Palio Expert Guide
 for 3 Hours, Reserved Seats
 on a Balcony & a Buffet of
 Snacks & Drinks Before
 the Race
•Daily Breakfast
Arrive Siena:
Arrival in Siena and check-in at the reserved Hotel. We can of course assist with arrival transfers. Meeting at a local "trattoria" for a typical Tuscan dinner.

(Dinner, Accommodations, Siena)

Breakfast at the Hotel. Later in the morning you will visit a local home where the host will take you through the steps of the preparation of an Italian menu. Once the meal is ready, you will enjoy the results of your efforts accompanied by Chianti wine. At midafternoon a local guide will meet you and will take you on a special walking tour of Siena before the dress rehearsal, during which you will enjoy an exclusive visit to one of the ContradaMuseums. At the end of the tour your guide will take you to Federica's House, overlooking the Square, and you will enjoy the "Provagenerale" (dress rehearsal). The horses will line up according to the number they have been previously assigned. Once the rehearsal is over, our guide will escort you to the ContradaBanquet (Dress Reharsal Dinner). In all the neighborhoods of the Contradasparticipating to the Paliorace, the leaders, contradamembers, guests and even tourists gather for a dinner in honor of the protagonists of the Palio. At the head table the jokey seats with the ContradaLeaders. The atmosphere will be vibrant with songs, speachesand toasts to a successful race. After dinner, the Captains and their assistants will meet other ContradaLeaders to make secret arrangements to favor either their own victory or that of other friendly Contradaand to hinder their rivals: all on a handshake.

(Breakfast, Dinner, Accommodations, Siena)

In the early afternoon our expert Palioguide will meet you for a full immersion in Palio-related activities. You will assist to the horses blessing and the Contradaioli parading in medieval costume through the city. Thereafter our guide will take you to Federica's House where a rich Buffet will be ready for you (pizza, savourycakes, panini, salame, ham, beer, red wine, soft drinks and dessert) to enjoy while waiting for the PalioRace to begin at 07:00 pm. This is an experience which will stay with you for life, whenever you will remember this evening you will still feel the adrenalin flowing in your blood-stream. Enjoy!

(Breakfast, Dinner, Accommodations, Siena)

Today we suggest excursions in the surroundings: Chianti Full day with wine tastings, Montepulciano and Montalcino, Pisa and Lucca, Orvieto, just to name a few from our selection.

(Breakfast, Accommodations, Siena)

Depart Siena:
Today, with your heart still full of excitement, you will bid goodbye to Siena.

(Breakfast, Siena)