The four days of the Palio di Siena

Siena’s summer gets heated up for the Palio

96 hours of devotion and passion before the glory

From June 29th to July 2nd Siena is filled with the colours of the flags and the rolling of the drums for the Palio. Click here if you wish to know more about the world’s oldest horse race.


June 29th
Around 9 am: horse selection heats
Around 12,45 am: public assignment by lottery of the selected horses to the Contrade
7,45 pm: first trial
June 30th
9 am: second trial
7,45 pm: third trial
July 1st
9 am: fourth trial
7,45 pm: fifth trial or Prova Generale (dry run)
July 2nd
9 am: sixth trial
3 pm: blessing of the horse
4,30 pm: start of the Historical Peagent
7,45 pm: Palio