HOW TO GET INTO THE CAMPO TO WATCH THE PALIO

15 08 2010

You can get into the Piazza del Campo from any entrance before the Corteo Storico comes into the Piazza.  After the parade has begun its entrance, you can go through the opening from VIA DUPRÉ (the entrance from the Onda contrada to the RIGHT of the Palazzo Pubblico as you face the building).  Keep in mind that this last entrance; it is very narrow and to walk through it can be very problematic  due to the great crowds that form.

In theory, it is possible to go into the Piazza del Campo from the Onda contrada entrance until a few minutes before the actual time indicated for the race. However, you must keep in mind that this is the ONLY entrance still open and that thousands of other people will be trying to enter there at the last minute. It is therefore advisable to arrive well in advance and be ready to wait up to half an hour before actually being able to get into the Piazza due to the great crowds trying to enter all at once along this narrow street.  You should be at via Dupré no later than 17,30 in the opinion of many Palio veterans.

In addition, once you have entered into the Piazza, it is even more problematic to leave the Piazza before the beginning of the race. For that reason it is very important to carefully evaluate whether or not to enter or only to go in if one is determined to remain until the end of the Palio race.  excerpted from PALIO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS by Helen Elizabeth Sadler

For more see PALIO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

BUON PALIO!

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