Twice a year, on 2nd July and 16th August, the “contrade” or neighbourhoods of Siena compete in a horse race around the town square - Piazza del Campo - in honour of the Virgin Mary. The races take place in an atmosphere of medieval pageantry. Preparations take several days and you should plan to see them all after the Conference.

The Organization cannot offer any kind of assistance however who wishes to stay in Siena until 2nd July and wants to book the Palio tickets should contact VACANZE SENESI AGENCY by 31 January at