The most tremendous event of the year is on the horizon and we don’t think you should miss it! From stunning horse racing to extravagant costume parades and historic, traditional ceremonies. This fantastic Sienese event only occurs twice a year and it is sure to be a day out that will be a firm, family favourite!

With festivities beginning from 8am on the 16th August 2019, it will be an outing to remember. Cignella is just a short drive from Siena, offering gorgeous scenery and views along the way! Be mesmerised by the rolling hills along the Val D’Orcia before starting your day of excitement and adventure in the piazza of Siena!

The Palio di Siena holds great heritage throughout Italy and is known as the most momentous occasion in Siena! When the tradition began hundreds of years ago, it focused on celebrating each “contrade” of Siena – the areas in which the cities were divided. Originally, there were 59, but now only 17 still remain. Each contrade parade through the piazza highlighting their colourful flags and emblems.

Over the years the contrade have become very competitive with one another! The prize for winning the race is a “Drappellone,” a large painted canvas or drape designed and created by a different artist and which the winning contrada displays in their contrada museum. It really is a truly spectacular day with trial runs starting first thing in the morning and the final race not concluding until 7pm.

At Cignella, we want to ensure you get the most from your trip to Tuscany and are able to spend from dawn to dusk exploring the beautiful region.

Join us at our estate for this fantastic occasion and receive a complimentary survival kit that will ensure you make it through all the fun festivities! Enjoy a cosy superior double room with private en-suite, access to an exclusive terrace area to enjoy your morning coffee with views, and a kit including water, sandwiches, fruit and snacks to take with you to Siena! We have lots of different packages available, view them here!

Experience a tradition that has been taking place in the heart of Tuscany since the early 1600’s. Make memories with all your family and friends and enjoy comfortable accommodation that offers plenty of privacy so that you can receive the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation for your getaway to Italy.

Should you wish to find out more about the event, read this article!

See you soon!

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