"Piazza del Campo" is still used today for the well known Palio horse race which is one of the most famous popular Italian manifestations. It takes place every year on July 2 and August 16. The Palio is run to celebrate the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the old houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani. The holy apparition was therefore called "Madonna di Provenzano" in whose honour the very first Palio was run on August 16, 1656. The Palio was run for the first time in 1701 in honour of the "Madonna dell'Assunta" the patroness and Advocate of Siena through all the tragic events since she protected the Sienese militia at the famous battle of Monteaperti on September 4, 1260, against the Florentines.
It’s really a pleasure for us to suggest you the several opportunities we offer onJuly 2nd or August 16th for the beautiful and unforgettable event of the Palio race
These are our programs.
- Palio race with “Terrace tickets”
July 2nd / August 16th
MEETING POINT AT 2.00 p.m. in P.zza Matteotti
by the Mc Donald's Restaurant
H 2:00 p.m. We will bring you to see the ceremony of the "blessing of the Horse", where a priest will bless the horse in the church of the Contrada.
H 3:30 p.m. Near by the Duomo you will see the start of the "historical procession", and you will appreciate the precious costumes of our Palio.
H 5:30 p.m.: We will go in a historical building of Piazza del Campo (we’ll stay in San Martino corner, the most difficult point of the race) from where you will have the chance to attend to the run of the Palio, always hosted by a guide who will satisfy all your curiosity and will tell you all the meanings and rules of the run.
(no sitting places in the terrace during the race, bathroom available).