Private Palio Horse Race Experience at Rosewood Luxury Tuscan Escape

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Private Palio Horse Race Experience at Rosewood Luxury Tuscan Escape

Main destination Italy · About Sports
The world's most famous horse race, Siena's historic Palio, is an unforgettable experience.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco gives you the unique opportunity to experience it up close from a fascinating palace overlooking the square in Siena where the bareback race between 10 costumed riders takes place.
The race is held twice each summer, and Rosewood's 2-day Private Palio Horse Race Experience is the ultimate, better- than-trackside way to take part in this centuries-old Tuscan tradition.
July 1 and 2 or August 15 and 16, 2019
  • Option to participate in pre-race celebrations and dinner in one of the competing neighborhoods/ quarters of Siena – on July 1 or August 15
  • Exclusive access to a private historical palace overlooking Piazza del Campo square to watch the Palio Horse race on July 2 or August 16
  • Refreshing drinks and finger food served throughout the afternoon
  • Expert tour guide available during the afternoon of July 2 or August 16
  • Transfers from/to Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco for the dinner in the competing neighborhood and on race day
or 2020 Palio dates


(One of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco's 11 luxury villas)
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany
Imagine sharing your own Tuscan villa with your friends or family; long walks or golf on a private course in a pristine natural setting, and convivial wine tastings at the on-site winery, pampering spa treatments and yoga classes in the intimacy of your villa, dinners served and Italian Aperitivo cocktails prepared just for you and your friends by professional staff imbued with Italian spontaneity and Tuscan culture.

One of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is located in Montalcino, Tuscany, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia, less than 30 miles from Siena, and twice that to Florence.
Set in the most scenic corners of a private 5,000-acre wine estate, combining authentic warmth and refined elegance, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s handsome villas provide the perfect Tuscan getaway.
The resort rests on gently rolling hills and knolls which present themselves as large expanses of green in springtime and are later bathed in golden hues in autumn. It offers 23 suites and 11 luxury villas, as well as a spa, winery and vineyards. The Club, a private golf course and clubhouse set within the estate, is reserved for members only.
• On-site Brunello di Montalcino winery
• La Canonica Cooking School with organic kitchen garden
• The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
• Fitness center
• Tennis courts
• Heated infinity pool
• Yoga, Pilates, nature walks, hiking, circuit training, mountain biking, bocce ball, archery
Italy's only private golf course
• Photography, painting and astronomy
• Valet service
• Private car transfer and rental services
• Private helipad and helicopter transfer service
• Children’s program
• In-Villa spa treatments, private chef, meals and grocery delivery


The Castiglion del Bosco Wine Experience
Explore the art of wine making, retracing every step of the process from grape to barrel. In this seminar, participants visit the vineyards, cellar and aging room with an expert guide. The fascinating tour concludes with a tasting of six Castiglion del Bosco wines and a delightful culinary surprise. This unforgettable experience can be enriched with a barrel tasting which provides the unique opportunity to taste two vintages of yet-to-bereleased Brunello directly from the French oak barrels.
Duration: One and a half hours
This experience can also be arranged in guest’s villa.
Cheese and Wine Pairing
Wine and cheese are two of life’s great pleasures, thus finding the perfect pairing is a delicious endeavor. They have in common their origin from natural elements subjected to ripening, refinement and ageing, depending on the typology. Learning how to match different types of Italian cheeses with Castiglion del Bosco wines, including the limited productions of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Millecento and Vin Santo sweet wine San Michele, is an sensory educational experience.
Duration: Two hours

The Vertical Tasting
This extraordinary vertical tasting of seven remarkable Brunello di Montalcino vintages is a must for wine lovers visiting Tuscany. While immersed in the captivating surroundings, guests are invited to partake of seven of the winery’s finest Brunello di Montalcino vintages, including two from the 90 best years of the Riserva di Brunello di Montalcino and the first vintage of the renowned single-Vineyard Campo del Drago.
Duration: One and a half hours
This activity can also be arranged in guest’s villa.
The Vineyards
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco offers its guests immersion into the world of Tuscan wine with vineyards located within the estate and along the coast. The on-site winery hosts an array of wine-tasting seminars and an annual harvest event takes place in September.
Castiglion del Bosco's historic winery is the fifth biggest producer of Brunello di Montalcino that is elegant and deeply rooted in local tradition—ruby red, intense and complex, with golden yellow hues or burgundy overtones like fiery rows of sunlit autumn vines. The terroirs of the arid, breezy heights of Capanna and the wetter hills to the north around Gauggiole are captured in three different labels, each telling of soil rich in clay, sandstone and typical Tuscan marl. These elements nourish the Sangiovese grapes of the single-cru Campo del Drago DOCG, the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and the Rosso di Montalcino DOC.
The harvest, a two-stage hand selection process and barrel-aging in the 4,000 sq. m. (43,033 sq. ft.) winery are rituals supervised by enologist Cecilia Leoneschi.
Montalcino Vineyards
Castiglion del Bosco is located in the northwest of Montalcino, where the rocky soils are perfect for yielding wines of superb structure and complexity. The estate's 2,000 hectares are largely occupied by dense woods of holm oak, oak and beech, in addition to meadows, organically farmed crops and 62 hectares of vineyards planted exclusively with Sangiovese, the historical grape, autoctone variety. There are two distinct vineyards defined by unique aspects, soils and weather conditions: the 20-hectare Gauggiole just beneath the Borgo and the 42-hectare Capanna, where the top wines are produced.
Riparbella Vineyard
Castiglion del Bosco also owns a 10-hectare estate called Prima Pietra in Riparbella, located on the Tuscan coast near the Bolgheri wine area. The vines face the Tyrrhenian Sea at an elevation of 450 meters. The site enjoys abundant sun and ventilation, and the rocky, iron-rich soil ensures wines of superb structure. After in-depth soil and climate research, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot were planted at a density of 9,600 vines per hectare.
In fact, these varieties flourish in this terroir, producing wonderfully expressive wines, with power and elegance.

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