My family will be renting an apartment in Florence from June 26 - July 4. Of course Siena is on my list as one of the top day trips from Florence. In doing a little research, I just learned that this period falls right during the July Palio . Looks like it is an amazing, but very expensive and rather difficult event to attend. Those of you who know the area well, what would you advise? Should we make a day trip early or late in our stay to avoid the Palio altogether, or perhaps go during one of the lead up days when the trial races are run, or should we consider this a once in a lifetime experience and try to get tickets? The fact that we already have accommodations in Florence and need public transport back and forth also complicates matters. We have never been to this region of Italy, and our children are young adults. Thank you for sharing your expertise and thoughts!