Day 12. Il Palio di SienaAugust 16, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C
Drove 2 hours to Siena. We arrived at our accommodation about 12:30pm, Siena Hostel Guidoriccio, Via Fiorentina 89. Unfortunately check in is 3pm even though we asked for 12 noon. They had our room ready 2:30pm. A bit more hostel than hotel than we expected. We were given clean sheets and pillow cases for our bed but no towels!! We threw our bags into our room and walked 40 minutes into Siena old city centre. The Palio celebrations were well under way with street parades and performances from the Contrade teams. We followed the parades for an hour. Stopped for refreshments and toilet visit then off to the Piazza del Campo at 4pm to get a free spot in the Piazza Centre before gates are locked at 4:30pm. We alternated between standing and sitting on the ground until the race started.
Horses came into the Piazza at 7pm. 5 invalid lineups (horse out of line or wrong order) then a false start then 5 invalid lineups then go. Race started at 7:30pm. We thought Green & Gold won but it was Lupa (Orange, Green, White). It is the horse that wins. The winner was the riderless horse. The jockey that fell off and got off the track.
Left about 7:45pm and went to the entrance where we had to leave our metal cups. Only one cup remaining.
Walked out of the centre to Piazza Giocomo Mattiotti and had pizza and beer for dinner.Read more