Siena is where the most Italian iconic folkloristic event takes place: the world famous Palio. Palio is a historic competition that takes place 2 times a year and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. This is not just a historical commemoration or a folk festival: this is the true core of Senesi, a representation of their City and their own history through times, a very sensitive subject for each one of them.
The Palio is defined by Siena’s contradas (districts): the City is in fact historically divided into 17 Districts, which correspond to exact portions of the city. Only 10 out of 17 can compete in the race, 7 members by right and 3 are by extraction, happening few days before the event. Palio is hosted in the famous Piazza del Campo, one of the most original Italian squares because of its architectural asymmetrical structure, with its iconic and imposing Town Hall that overlooking it, together with the Torre del Mangia (Tower of Eat), also a XIV Century construction, named after his keeper Giovanni di Duccio’s nickname (Mr Mangia, Mr Eat), known for spending all his earnings for food.
Palio di Siena is one incredible event suitable for those who have a passion for history and want to know more about Siena, its districts, what really happens in the City during this event and, of course, on the prize. Participants will be able to visit the museum of the 17 districts, and some off-the-beaten-path corners with interesting anecdotes to them. All mysteries about the most beloved Italian competition will be revealed.