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Going to be near Sienna in July or August?  Don't miss Il Palio! 
The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy, in which ten horses and riders, dressed in the appropriate colors, represent ten of the seventeen Contrade, or city wards.

The exciting race, in which the jockeys ride mixed-breed horses bareback, involves circling the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid, three times and usually last no more than 90 seconds. It is not uncommon for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza and indeed it is not unusual to see unmounted horses finishing the race without their jockeys.  A winning horse does not need to have its jockey!  This race is unlike any other.

A magnificent pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.  Tens of thousands pack the square to get a taste of the action, creating a vibrant atmosphere. 


The Race takes place on July 2nd and August 16th.  Ask us to organize your Chianti Country Ride before or after one of these dates.


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Chianti Castles Ride & Wine Tasting
Tour Code: IT-ITSR10
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,230.00
Dates: April-June, Sept-Oct

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Tack: English
Horses: Italian and French Anglo Arab and warm...
Pace: Moderate with trots, canters and short...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Florence / Pisa
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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