Palio Ultimate Tuscan Adventure August 10-17, 2014

Announcing our 2014 Palio Adventure!  We have only 20 spaces available and we expect to fill quickly so reserve soon!

Our exclusive and spacious air conditioned apartment commands a stunning panoramic view of the racetrack, which circumnavigates the beautiful Piazza del Campo in the medieval center of Siena. View the most colorful and famous horse race in the world from a balcony overlooking the thrilling San Martino curve. where the outcome of the Palio di Siena is often decided.

Ten jockeys wearing their contradas’ (neighborhoods’) medieval costumes ride bareback three times around the perimeter of the piazza, as sixty thousand people look on in exhilaration, angst, camaraderie and rivalry.  Most of the sixty thousand people who attend the race stand in the center of the crowded piazza vying for a place along the track and a glimpse of the horses as they speed by. Our group of 20 will have the pleasure of watching the race and all the accompanying pageantry from one of the few private apartments with spacious balcony available on the piazza.

Join Il Campo/Cucina for the ultimate Tuscan summer vacation: a week of relaxation, delicious Italian meals with outstanding wines and cooking lessons with an exciting selection of chefs, combined with three days of  Palio thrills and pageantry viewed from a private Palazzo in Siena.

Would you like to know more about the Palio? Watch this terrific Palio video with Kenny Maynes on ESPN Wider World of Sports!

Il Campo Palio Adventure 2013 - Buffet dinner on a tower over the Piazza del Campo


The package includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations at Il Bel Canto B & B in the beautiful Tuscan village Radicondoli, approximately 45 minutes west of Siena.
  • All meals and wines, including the rare opportunity to participate in a Contrada Dinner in Siena the night before the race and an elegant buffet dinner in a tower above the Piazza del Campo, with a Prova (trial run) viewing on Wednesday night. The final night dinner will be catered in our private apartment after the race is finished.
  • Cooking lessons, photography field trips, hikes, and wine, olive oil and Tuscan products tastings during the first four days of our adventure in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
  • Our own official Siena tour guide who will take us through the experience of the Palio from beginning to end, including a guided tour of a Contrada Museum.
  • Outdoor movie nights and dancing with live music on our farmhouse terrace.
  • Swimming, hiking and optional massages, self-guided cycling and horseback riding lessons during our free times.**
  • All ground transportation, starting with pick-up at 12:00 noon on August 10 at the Porta Romana in Florence and concluding with 1:30 PM drop-off at at the Porta Romana in Florence or at the Florence Peretola airport on August 17*.

$4,900 per person in a shared, double room with ensuite bath; there is a $500 supplemental charge for a private room provided we have availability. If you pay by check or bank transfer, we will discount your week $100. (Price does not include airfare.)
We require a deposit of $1,000 to confirm your place; half of the balance by March 10, 2014 and payment of the remainder of the balance by May 10, 2017.

Returning clients receive a courtesy discount. Please inquire.

*Pick-up in Florence at the Porta Romana 11:00 AM on Saturday August 10 and drop-off at the Porta Roman by  1:30 PM on August 17. Airport pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged with advance notice; an extra fee may apply.

**Massages, horseback riding lessons, and bicycle rentals are are available at an extra charge.

To reserve or to request more information, click here, or call our sales associate Debbie Tucker at: 1-858-525-1712.To reserve or for more information, please fill out our reservations and information form.

Tentative itinerary for the week

Sunday August 10

12:00 AM Pick-up at Florence Porta Romana

12:15  PM Arrival at Il Bel Canto B & B, check into guest rooms.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Seafood lunch al fresco at Il Bel Canto prepared by Chef Luana followed by Palio Presentation by Siena tour guide and general introductions. 3:00 – 6:30 PM Free time for cycling, hiking, massages or relaxing by the pool.

6:30 PM Depart for Radicondoli village to visit your friends in the village. Explore the streets and shops of the sweetest village in Tuscany.

7:30 – 9:30 PM Wine tasting with a sampling of Tuscan products at Agriteco In Piazza, the new wine bar and tasting room in the heart of Radicondoli.

Monday August 11

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free morning for cycling, hiking, massages and poolside relaxation.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Lunch at Nazionale Ristorante

4:00 – 7:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Luana at Il Bel Canto.

7:30 – 9:30 PM Dinner enjoying the foods prepared in the cooking lesson.

Tuesday August 12

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Cooking lesson with Chef Francesco Costagli, Michelin rated chef of Albergaccio Ristorante in Castellina in Chianti.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch enjoying the meal we have prepared in the cooking lesson.

3:00 -7:00 PM Free time.

7:30 – 9:30 Pizza dinner at La Pergola, winner of “Third most beautiful terrace restaurant in Italy” in Dove online travel magazine — in the village, right next door to Marlane’s house!

Wednesday August 13

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 Free morning for cycling, hiking, massages or relaxing by the pool.

12:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch Trattoria Nazionale

4:00 – 7:00 PM Cooking lesson with Luana

8:30 – 10:00 PM Dinner enjoying the dishes we have prepared in the lesson

Thursday August 14

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

10:00 AM Depart for Siena

11:30-12:30: Free time in Siena

12:30 PM Lunch at Trattoria Papei in Siena

       Piazza del Mercato 6, tel: (+39) 0577-280-894

2:30 – 3:30 PM Guided tour of the Montone Contrada Museum

4:00 – 4:30 PM Viewing of Corteo dei Ceri (Candle light procession to The Duomo). Sun protection needed.

4:30 – 6:30 PM Optional tour of the oldest quarter of the city: Learn about the Etruscan and Roman origins of Siena.

7:00 PM Arrive at the Tower overlooking Piazza del Campo; light refreshments served

7:30 PM Viewing of the Prova (trial run of the Palio race)

8:00 PM or immediately following Prova: Aperitivo followed by buffet dinner in Tower, catered by acclaimed PorriOne restaurant.

Friday August 15

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

Free morning for pool, biking, hiking, massages.

12:30 PM Depart for lunch

1:00 – 3:00 PM Lunch at Locanda de Mulino on the way to Siena

3:00 PM Depart for Siena.

4:00 – 5:30 PM Free time to shop and explore Siena on your own.

5:30 PM Arrive at our private air conditioned apartment above the thrilling San Martino Curve on the Piazza del Campo in Siena for the Prova Generale.

7:00 PM Prova Generale (it’s like a dress rehearsal for the actual race, preceded by some beautiful pageantry).

9:00 – 1:00 PM Contrada Dinner Eat, Drink, Sing, Shout and Cry!

Saturday August 16

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

Free morning for whatever you want to do: bike, hike, visit the village shops, have a massage or energy treatment, take a dip in the pool, or simply sleep in all morning.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch al fresco at Il Bel Canto prepared by Alessandra

2:00 PM Depart for Siena

3:30 PM Arrive at our private apartment and relax in the air conditioned comfort with refreshments, photo ops from our third story balcony and an Italian lesson taught by tour leaders Marco Mattioli and Cristina Martini.

5:00 PM Viewing of the colorful, Renaissance Processione in Piazza del Campo

7:30 PM  The Palio is run…who will win?

Immediately following the race, follow the winning Contrada to the Duomo

9:30 – 11:30 PM Dinner in our private apartment on Piazza del Campo, catered by PorriOne Ristorante.

Sunday August 17

8:00 – 10:00 AM Buffet breakfast

11:00 AM Departures with drop-off at Porta Romana in Florence by 1:30 PM or the Florence Peretola airport by 2:30 PM.





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