The historic town of Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Build on three hills in the Tuscan countryside, surrounded by olive trees and with the Chianti Valley to the north, it is little wonder that visitors rarely stay in Siena accommodation just once. Siena, Italy, is often regarded as the best preserved medieval city in the whole of Italy, rich with unique and dominant medieval architecture, fine artistic masterpieces and tiny, shaded squares which seem to have remained unchanged since their creation. The centre of Siena is so important, interesting and just plain beautiful that UNESCO have declared the whole centre as a World Heritage Site.
There are many things Siena is famous for, and upon your arrival in a Siena holiday rental, a leisurely stroll around the town walls or through the winding streets of the city are great options for getting a feel for the atmosphere and way of life of Siena, Italy. There are so many sights to see on a Siena holiday that you could be staying in Siena accommodation for many weeks and still not investigate them all. The Piazza del Campo in the centre of Siena is a wonderful place to start a Siena tour. The famous shell shape was designed to provide the focal point for the city, and it still is. Also worth visiting from a Siena apartment rental are the soaring Torre del Mangia, the extravagantly designed Duomo de Siena and the dramatic Church of San Domenico which holds a number of artistic masterpieces within its walls.
If you are lucky enough to be staying in holiday rental accommodation in Siena or even a holiday apartment near Siena during the first week of July or the third week of August, you simply cannot miss the Palio Races. Siena’s greatest tradition turns the whole city into a veritable frenzy as the seventeen districts back their riders with excited rivalry. The ten horse races turn the central square into a teeming mass of spectators, ready for action after three days of banquets, parades and many celebrations. There are a great range of other festivals throughout the year too. Taking Siena accommodation means you can enjoy the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena Jazz, the Cinema in Fortenzza outdoor film festival and the huge city markets every Wednesday.
Taking a day away from your Siena holiday rental villa and exploring the beautiful Tuscan countryside and the many idyllic, romantic villages which surround Siena is a wonderful way to spend a day. The hilly terrain offers some testing routes for cycling and walking, but the wealth of wonderful views, charming Siena villas and lush countryside make it a unique and hugely rewarding experience.
If you are hoping to take a charming villa or holiday apartment near Siena, the hilly region of Chianti is a wonderful place to set up home. The wooded hills make way for wine and olive groves, many of which provide tours and wine tasting holidays. A holiday apartment near Siena is the ideal location for walking holidays with the added advantage of being within easy striking distance of the magnificent city.
Summers in Siena villas are hot. Average temperatures in July and August reach 29˚C, with daily peaks routinely reaching the mid 30’s. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable times to rent a Siena apartment or villa, as the sting is taken out of the heat, yet conditions are still very warm.
There is a small airport in Siena (SAY), which receives flights to and from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP). Milan is easy to reach, and there should be no problems in reaching holiday rental accommodation in Siena from the airport. Alternatively, the closest airport receiving direct flights from the UK is Florence Airport (FLR).