Tour info

Palio Siena 2014 - Three Nights Tuscany

Tour Dates:

15-18 August, 2014

Tour Length:

4 Days/3 Nights

Tour highlights
  • The unbelievable Palio Siena horserace
  • Three nights hostel accommodation
  • Sightseeing in Siena, Florence & Pisa
  • Massive nightly parties & fiestas
  • Transfers between Siena & Florence
Siena's Palio horse race festival dates back to 1656 and sees 10 of the city's local districts race against each other in a no-holds-barred race around Siena's town square for bragging rights over the coming year. Unique among world sporting contests in that there are no rules, the race and accompanying festival are an incredible reminder of the region's medieval past.

Palio Siena

The tactics employed by teams in the Palio go beyond any other sporting contest on Earth. In the words of British author AA Gill, "The Palio is a marvellous lasagne of duplicity, cheating and sharp practice that has been built into the race over hundreds of years. Horses are drugged, jockeys are bribed, secret alliances are made and double-crosses are frequent. No aspect of possible underhand advantage is overlooked!"

Siena, Florence & Pisa

Best of all, the Palio takes place in the middle of some quintessential Italian landscapes. Siena's town square, Florence's cathedral, the statue of David and of course the Leaning Tower are some of the classic Italian sights!

Getting to Florence

Flights: Direct flights from London to Pisa are operated by easyJet (www.easyjet.com from London Gatwick & Luton), Ryanair (www.ryanair.com from London Stansted) & British Airways (www.britishairways.com from London Gatwick).

Pisa Airport is 80km from Florence which can be reached from the airport by train and a direct coach shuttle service.

Train: Florence is also accessible by train from many locations in Italy and Europe. See www.trenitalia.com for details.

Florence Hostel Package - 15-18 August
  • Three nights hostel accommodation in Florence
  • Return transfers between Florence & Siena for the Palio
  • Palio Siena horserace festival
  • Sightseeing in Siena, Florence & Pisa
  • Funky Fanatics Palio Siena tour t-shirt
  • Fanatics hostel & town centre parties
  • Experienced Fanatics tour guide