When July comes to Tuscany, it means only one thing: the Palio di Siena is just around the corner,
and with "it" the desire to relive the atmosphere of times gone by, trough one
of the oldest traditions that has come down to the present day.
Why not experiencing a unique occasion during your relaxing vacation? During your stay at San Lorenzo a Linari, a trip to the city on the days of the Palio, on July the 2nd and August the 16th, proves to be an ideal choice to experience a day of culture and history.
From your lodging surrounded by the quiet of the Sienese countryside, you will be only a few kilometres away from the city: it will take only a moment to immerse yourself in the magic of a village in celebration, with the inhabitants of the 17 so-called “contrade” districts cheering on “their” horse in the race.
Once you have walked through the historic alleys, there you are in Piazza del Campo, for the occasion covered with a thick layer of sand, tuff and clay, all set up for the big race and to find out the winner.
This is not only the setting of a competition that after centuries and centuries continues to excite, but it is also a moment of encounter among the different contrade that bring back to life ancient customs: an explosion of colours and joy that you will see with your own eyes, surrounded by traditional costumes, banners, drapes and flags.
A vitality that overwhelms especially those who experience the Palio for the first time and that, after a long day, will leave you exhausted. On your way back from Siena to San Lorenzo a Linari, your relaxing time awaits you: in the spacious green spaces you can devote yourself to moments of wellness, or cool off in the mansion’s swimming pool, to end your day on a high note.