Siena, Tuscany | July 2 + August 16
Twice every summer, the city of Siena comes alive with drama of the Palio: ancient alliances, bitter rivalries, medieval clothing, betrayal, and bribery all focused on this wild horse race around the main piazza. There are no rules, no saddles, and the horses are assigned at random, so any neighborhood can win. This is not a spectacle put on for tourists, but a culminating event in Siena’s incredibly tight-knit contrada “neighborhood” culture—so much so that children train for years for the honor of representing their contrada as a drummer or flag-thrower. The victors parade around the city for months, and locals refer to years past in terms of who won the Palio (“the year the Giraffe and Tortoise neighborhoods won” for 2004). It is a rare treat in our day in age to witness such a true anachronism. Learn More
EXPERIENCE ON TOUR! DuVine’s Tuscany bicycle trip is a great opportunity to catch all the excitement, even bringing you into Siena when the race is on.