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Explore the rich history of the iconic Tuscan horse race, the Palio, with a local historian and contrada member on this 3-hour Siena Palio Tour!
Per Group (Up to 2 people): $407.00
Per Group (Up to 3 people): $455.00
Per Group (Up to 4 people): $503.00
Per Group (Up to 5 people): $552.00
Per Group (Up to 6 people): $600.00
The Siena Palio Tour is the perfect way to explore the rich history of the quintessential Tuscan horse race. Led by a historian and contrada member, this three-hour tour will take you through the Piazza del Campo, the site of the race, and teach you about the contrade of Siena, the distinct and rivalrous quarters of the city that have traditionally fielded horses in the race. You will also visit the meeting houses of several contrade, as well as other significant places tied to their history, such as the churches where children born in that contrada are baptized.
The tour will also take you to several contrada museums, where you can learn about the animal symbol adopted by each one. Kids will love picking their favorite among the snail, owl, giraffe, and unicorn. You will also learn about the complicated rules and maze of traditions that make up the Palio, and how it has come to define the city of Siena. The Palio began over three hundred and fifty years ago, and contemporary life throughout the year still tends to revolve around preparations for and loyalty to the seventeen contrade. This colorful race is a perfect window for kids into Sienese and Tuscan traditions and culture.
The tour is available on the day of the Palio, and can be adapted to the ages and characteristics of the single group, as well as to people with mobility issues. Tickets are not included in the price of the tour, so it is a good idea to have some local currency on hand for these. Book this tour today and explore the Palio with a local expert!
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