Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
A fantastic opportunity to get your own private house in Siena, in a newly restored barn, completely independent surrounded by a fenced private garden, located in a beautiful residential area of Siena, walking distance to the city centre.
Siena is one of the most beautiful town in Tuscany, a flourishing city, a prestigious University town and culture centre, but the historic centre has remained as beautiful as it was in the past. The central feature of the old town is the Piazza del Campo, a scallop-shaped square dominated by the massive façade of the Town Hall with its tower named Torre del Mangia. Twice a year, on the 2nd of July and on the 16th of August in the Piazza del Campo is the Palio, one of the most spectacular bareback horse races in the world.
The house is on the ground floor and it consists of a kitchen (4 rings cooker, oven, fridge with freezer and dishwasher) with French doors leading to the garden, furnished with table and chairs for dining out and deckchairs; a living room with fire place and sofa bed, one double bedroom and a bathroom with shower.
A warm atmosphere inside is accentuated by the parquet wood flooring and a perfect mix of antiques and modern furnishings. The house is welcoming and well equipped with laundry room with washing machine, satellite tv, private car parking and all the windows have fly nets.
All the main sights of Siena are within walking distance, and the Piazza del Campo is just a stroll away.
It is very easy to go to Florence by bus as the bus stop is not far from the house.
This is an excellent choice for those who want to explore this historic city on foot.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 125 km, Nearest railway: Siena 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
The Siena region is one of the Chianti regions of central Tuscany. It stretches from the perfect walled town of Monteriggione and Castellina in Chianti in the north down to Montalcino, of Brunello fame, and Pienza in the south. One of the favourite areas is Le Crete, an area of rolling hills, punctuated by the cipress trees and roads winding over the horizon. There are just so many historical towns to visit, all beautifully preserved in their Renaissance glory. The province of Siena fulfills everyone's idea of the classic Italy.
Walking into the walled city of Siena through one of the great gate is like stepping back in time. Most cars are banned, so the people come out to walk about their town, making this a busy, thriving city. At the heart if the Campo, the main shell-shaped piazza, dominated by the ancient Palazzo Communale, where the Palio, the wild bareback horse race is run twice a year. This is not a spectacle for the tourists, but the flowering of a virulent rivalry between the various 'Contrade' of the town, dating back centuries.
There is so to see here, from the Duomo and the Baptistery, to the Torre di Mangia and the Palazzo Communale, with works by Simone Martini, Lorenzetti and other artists of the high renaissance.
But the star is always Siena itelf - nowhere else is there a whole city so perfectly preserved architecturally, yet still vibrant with the everyday lives of the inhabitants, just as it has always been.
From Siena, it is easy to make forays out into the the countryside of the Chianti area and beyond, and to visit Florence, Siena's great historical rival, only 70 km away.
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25 May 2013
"Hot and noisy"
This property sits between two busy main roads (both on bus routes). When we were there, it was baking hot and as there is no air conditioning we slept with the windows open which was an invitation to every insect in Siena to attack us (despite there being screens fitted) and we couldn't sleep because of the road noise. A vey basic and uncomfortable property but I suppose you get what you pay for as it is not expensive.
It is a fairly long walk into the centre of Siena and if you were staying say for a week you could probably put up with it but as we were staying for a month it began to be a real pain.
My main tip would be - don't go there.
I have spent stayed at the house a couple of times, and my impressions were very different. The house is on a hill, and the main road above is a good climb up a long flight of steps behind the house, gated, and completely out of sight. The road below, which the garden goes down to with at least 20 steps, can in no way be described as a main road. The garden is fenced off from the road with electric gates for security.
There is no air conditioning and Siena can be hot in summer, but that is as advertised. There are fly-nets at all windows, so they can be kept open when you're in the house. Most people go see Siena off season, Spring or Autumn - the weather is better for sightseeing.
It's a very comfortable, well-equipped house, in a great position just outside the walls, for being able to walk into the old city, yet still with gated parking for your car.
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