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Events Around Montisi

There are countless festivals throughout the year across Tuscany. Here are the events which are local to Montisi. If there are events which are not here please let me know and I shall be delighted to include them.

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Palio in Siena

August 16, 2014

The Palio horse race is a very colourful, exciting bareback horse race around the dirt-packed Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square, that takes place every July 2 and August 16. The race has been run every year since 1644 and is really worth a trip. At each one, 10 of the 17 contrade of Siena (the districts) compete for the palio, or banner, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The square is filled with costumed pageantry before the race, and massive feasts are set up on long outdoor tables that can stretch for blocks on the medieval side streets. It is the most important event in Siena each year and the planning lasts for months. You can either buy a seat or stand for free in the middle of the Campo but make sure to get there early and take sun hats, sun cream and plenty of water because once you’re in, you can’t get out until it’s all over – it’s an exhilarating day out! For more information about the history of the race and the timings of the events click here


August 16, 2014
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Piazza del Campo
Siena, Tuscany Italy