Palio Viewing Positions
The Number 1 question to ask yourself, when you have decided you want to book to see the Siena Palio Race is where to sit. There are quite a few different types of viewing positions, along with where on the campo they are placed.
If you start from the entry level position, then you will be 5 floors above the ground on the Tower Terrace. These are standing positions, but do have the advantage of providing around an 80% view of the campo. It is worth noting however, that standing for what can be a few hours in the sun, having to climb the stairs and not being able to see the Mossa, which is the start and end of the race, can be a problem.
The next position is the Grandstand. For these you are normally seated on benches with the locals, who deem these to be the best position for seeing the race. You are near to the ground and near to the action! However, some of these are in the sun for part of the race, so if you choose a viewing angle that is in the sun, you must remember your water, sun hat and suntan lotion. The best angle seating is between the Mossa and Fonte Gaia as these provide good viewing of the start and finish line, and remain in the shade at all times.
For those wanting to spend a little bit more, the balconies are the next option. These are popular and do sell very quickly. You are seated close to the action and share a great view of the horses running towards you, and have access to a loo. However, not all the balconies have a good view of the Mossa.
The final, and most expensive choice is the windows. These again are highly sought after as there are not very many, and you have private access to them. However, they do mean you have to stand once the horses are off, as seated obscures your sight of the track. Most of the window options have a good view of the Mossa, and in some you have access to refreshments.
One thing is for sure, there is something for everyone!