Palio di Siena & Castel Monastero

We are delighted to offer a trip to Tuscany for the Palio di Siena. The origins of this race are medieval, and the first modern Palio took place in 1656. The 90 second race takes place with ten horses and riders, bareback and dresses in the appropriate colours representing ten on the seventeen contrade (city wards) of Siena. The riders circle three times around the Piazza del Campo, one of the city's landmarks. The race is preceded by a magnificent pageant, the Corteo Storico, which includes Alfieri, flag-wavers and medieval costumes.


3 Nights £2,095 per person


Tuesday 15 August
Depart: London Gatwick - Flight BA8845 15:50hrs
Arrive: Florence 19:05 hrs

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where accommodation has been reserved for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Wednesday 16 August
After breakfast you will be transferred to Siena for the Palio di Siena which is staged in the magnificent Piazza del Campo. You will view the days events from a window space in a private apartment, allowing you to feel a part of the action without being in the middle of it! Drinks and refreshments are served during the afternoon followed by a buffet dinner featuring a selection of local specialities. This evening you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Thursday 17th August
Enjoy a day at leisure at Castel Monastero. Perhaps enjoy your 50 minute complimentary spa treatment or take a wine tasting tour of Chianti country. Tonight we have included dinner for two at Castel Monastero including local wines. Buon appetito!

Friday 18th August
Day at leisure until your transfer to Florence Airport.

Depart: Florence - Flight BA8846 13:50hrs
Arrive: London Gatwick 15:05hrs


Castel Monastero

Superbly situated amongst the Chianti vines within one of the most beautiful stretches of Tuscan countryside, the majestic Ombrone valley, this delightful hotel is a former 11th century medieval village now lovingly restored and refurbished as a stunning countryside retreat.

Castel Monastero boasts a superb wine cellar, where guests can sample the very best of the wines produced in the surrounding vineyards. A variety of sophisticated gastronomic experiences and cooking courses can also be enjoyed, with Tuscan cuisine interpreted by Chef Fabrizio Peruzzi in combination with Gordon Ramsay.

Elsewhere, the superb 1000 square metre spa offers exclusive product lines and a wide range of revitalising treatments, while the gym and three swimming pools are great for working out or relaxing. Other activities in the vicinity include guided tours of Tuscany and Chianti, polo at the nearby Villa Sesta Polo Club, golf at the magnificent 18-hole Golf Club Ugolino, and black and white truffle hunting in autumn. A holiday at Castel Monastero really is indulgent, beautiful and relaxing!

Single room supplement £1,800

Accommodation is on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Tour Highlights

• Experience the Palio di Siena - a breathtaking spectacle!
• Watch the historic Palio di Siena from an excellent vantage point and take in the pre-race pageant!

Additional Info

Although not our usual kind of racing, we are confident that the combination of a stay at Castel Monastero and the spectacle of the Palio will provide the basis for a magnificent short break!

Price Includes

• Flights with British Airways • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation, based on twin/double occupancy, at Castel Monastero • All transfers • Window viewing and hospitality overlooking the Palio

Alternative flights operate from many local UK airports. Please contact us for timings, availability and any supplements/reductions that may apply at the time of booking.

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