A four day excursion to the enchanting city of Siena during which guests stayed at the tranquil Borgo La Bagnaia Hotel. The itinerary included a hot air balloon ride over the Chianti region, as well as a private tour of a local vineyard and its beautifully restored 16th-century Tuscan farmhouse, where some of Chianti’s most coveted wines are produced. The pièce de résistance of the event was watching the iconic Palio from a private balcony, overlooking the start line and with a prime view of the race. This annual race is run to celebrate the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the old houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani and is preceded by a magnificent pageant that parades slowly round the square. The flag bearers from each Contrade then perform a display accompanied by drums and trumpets before the crowds erupt with noise as the jockeys ride their horses around the course at breakneck speed for three action packed laps.
“Thank you for organising this once in a lifetime trip. Watching The Palio from such an amazing location was truly awe-inspiring. It was an experience I shall never forget!”