The four days of the Palio di Siena

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Siena’s summer gets heated up for the Palio

96 hours of devotion and passion before the glory

From August 13th to August 16th 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.


August 13th
Around 9 am: horse selection heats
Around 12,45 am: public assignment by lottery of the selected horses to the Contrade
7,15 pm: first trial
August 14th
9 am: second trial
7,15 pm: third trial
August 15th
9 am: fourth trial
7,15 pm: fifth trial or Prova Generale (dry run)
August 16th
9 am: sixth trial
2,30 pm: blessing of the horse
4,30 pm: start of the Historical Peagent
7,00 pm: Palio