Hosted by: Art Photo Travel
June 30th – July 3rd, 2017 4 days - 3 nights
Aug 14th – Aug 17th, 2017 4 days - 3 nights
Number limited to 8-12 guests

Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy


Photo Tour “The Palio is Life”

We would like to help you understand just exactly how the Palio works, and to give you the chance to participate in the life of the contrada and immerse yourselves in its atmosphere because there is nothing else like it in the world. We will not be tourist spectators, instead, we will engross ourselves in its spirit – a once in a lifetime experience.

The Tradition of The Celebration

The “Palio di Siena” is the world’s most exciting horse race which is celebrated twice a year in the Piazza del Campo (Siena’s historic square), on July 2nd and August 16th, in honour of the religious holidays, the Visitation and the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, Lady and Patron Protector of the City.


You will get a rather unique chance to tell a photo story about an authentic moment in time – which feels like you are suddenly part of a medieval spectacle. We will photograph a reportage about one of the world’s most spectacular races. In order to get a full story we will photograph all the events leading upto the main events on July 2nd or August 16th. A real slice of city life that manifests itself through a multitude of feelings as intense and diversified as: anxiety, trepidation, anticipation, joy, fear and anger punctuate the lives of inhabitants in these four days of the “festival”

A way to participate in the life of the Contrada from the inside

We will be able to live and take part in the life of the Contrada from the inside: to join in on the “Cenini” (dinners that take place every evening in the streets of the Contrada) usually only reserved for Contradaioli (members of the Contradas);
We will be able to attend the rite of the blessing of the horse and follow the “Comparsa” (Contrada members dressed in Medieval costumes) along the streets of their neighborhoods during the initial parade to Piazza del Campo.
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