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Posted on Jul 3, 2017

Join ‘Italy on a Budget Tours’ for the exciting Palio of Siena Horse Race!

Join ‘Italy on a Budget Tours’ for the exciting Palio of Siena Horse Race!

“It’s not just a race, it’s a passion” according to the locals! Each year, the masses descend to celebrate the passionate horse race ‘Palio di Siena’ held within a beautiful Italian city. Hop aboard an ‘Italy on a Budget’ tour for a day of drama, craziness and the incredible sound of pounding hooves!

Held in the heart of the Tuscany city, Siena, in the Piazza del Campo, the Palio of Siena occurs just twice a year – 2nd July & 16th August. So, if you weren’t there yesterday, there’s still time to book a place with Italy on a Budget to enjoy the excitement of the pending August race! Prepare to feel the adrenaline of watching 10 jockeys ride bareback on horses around the Piazza, which is cleverly transformed into a dirt race track.

Palio of Siena - Piazza

Competitive Contrades

Historical records indicate the horse races in Siena were already taking place in the 6th century and so this is a tradition which runs deep in the veins of the region. Contrades (areas within the city) race against each other, all with their own emblem and colours. The whole city is in a frenzy on race day, something Italians know how to well! Their enthusiasm is contagious and everyone is super hyped up for the day’s event.

Tips, Maps & Celebrations

Italy on a Budget - Palio of Siena

If you fancy joining the craziness, from just €75, the Italy on a Budget tour ensures you’ll enjoy the day to the max. You’ll receive a full explanation about the race, as well as maps, the best things to see in Siena beforehand and useful tips for surviving the crowds. As you can imagine, it gets very busy! And to finish off your fun-fueled day, at the end of the race, you will have “free time either to follow the celebration of the winning contrada or simply refresh with a beer in the square”. Saluti!

Click here to book yourselves a spot on this amazing day trip. Quote BPXMAP to get a 10% discount!

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