Palio di Siena and Contrade small group tour
City activities

Palio di Siena and Contrade small group tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Admire the most beautiful and famous medieval square in Europe
  • Visit a Contrada Museum and understand the real essence of Siena
  • Discover everything about the city's history, culture and traditions
What to expect

Why is Piazza del Campo the heart of Siena? What is the meaning of the word "Campo"? Which event is organized here since the early Middle Ages and to whom is it dedicated? During this tour, you will have the opportunity to discover everything about Siena's history, culture and traditions.

The visit begins from the city's main square Piazza del Campo. Shaped like a seashell, it is considered the most beautiful medieval square in Europe and has been chosen as a set of famous international films.

Here you will start discovering the districts into which the city is divided. Every Sienese becomes a real member of one of the 17 Contrade after a very special baptism. Each district is managed by a prior who administers it together with the other Contrada members.

The Contrada year revolves around the Palio, a very special event that everyone in Siena can't wait to celebrate. The guide will show you the Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano, one of the protagonists of the Palio but still unknown to most tourists. You will find out why the Sienese consider this church so special.

You will also explore a Contrada with your guide, who will focus on its fountain, oratory, stable and museum. Each district has its own unique museum where the prizes won during the centuries are on display: beautiful banners made of silk (called "palio") depicted by important local and international artists. Visiting a Contrada Museum is the best way to understand the real essence of Siena!

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Certified local guide
    • Guided city tour in a small group
    • Guided tour of a Contrada Museum
    What's not included
    • Tickets to the Contrada Museum (around 5 euros for adults)
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 7-14)
    • Infants (age 0-6): free of charge
    Where

    Piazza del Campo 72, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

    What to remember
    • The tour is available for a maximum of 15 people (min 2 people)
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    When
    • Daily at 5.30pm
    • The tour is suspended on Palio days: from June 29 to July 2 and from August 13 to 16
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Siena Tourism Programs & Services - Società Cooperativa
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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