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Visiting Siena   by Orson Johnson

Siena is a city that is located in Tuscany, Italy. The historic center of Siena has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The main influences for this decision are the Duoma, Siena's Cathedral and the Piazza del Campo. The Piazza del Campo is regarded as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking civic spaces in Europe.

The Piazza del Campo is the center square of Siena. It is a formation of the conjunction of the three hills on which the city was formed. The site was built in the 13th century and is considered to be one the greatest medieval squares in Europe. It is in this square that the famous Palio is held bi-annually.

After undergoing Feudal rule and Episcopal rule, the area broke up into a number of small autonomous regions in 1115. In 1167 the commune of Siena was declared independent and by 1179 there was a written constitution available for its governance... read more

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Antico Castelli di San Gusme' (Ref: 21111) Self catering castle in Castelnuovo Berardenga
You'll find the Castle of San Gusmè in Chianti, a beautiful medieval fortified village that appears at documents of the IX Century, following the road from Castelnuovo Berardenga to Baron Ricasolis Castello di Brolio. The castle, 465 meters over the sea level is ideally located among castles, villas and Chianti farmhouses and can be considered one of the most characteristic buildings of Tuscany. The apartment is located at the prestigious Palazzo Braschi, without any doubt one of the most fascinating buildings of the Village. The building is from the XV Century, and it is considered one of the oldest in the village. The apartment has kept the original fireplace and an arch dating back to the XV Century, it has been completely furnished following the Tuscan style. It is the ideal place for those looking for a little quiet but also for who wants to discover new places full of traditions and art in Tuscany.  Sleeps 3.
Antica Locanda del Chianti (Ref: 20235) Self catering chateau in Castello di San Gusme', Chianti
The "Antico Castello del Chianti" is located in the Castle of San Gusmè, an enchanting medieval fortified village right in the heart of the world famous Chiantishire that appears at documents since the IX century.
The medieval buildings, the boundary walls built by the Sienese in the 13th century, the antique gates crowned with armorial bearings have been preserved during the centuries and offer the visitor a moment of intense fascination.  The Antico Castello del Chianti is the ideal place for 2 persons willing to spend their holidays enjoying some peace and quiet. However, it can easily accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 10 years. It is located on the second floor of the ancient and prestigious Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Palace), the oldest building of the Castle of San Gusmé dating back to the XIV century, and have a beautiful view of the main square of the medieval village.  Sleeps 3.
Casa Degli Olivi, Siena Tuscany  (Ref: 26686)
A one-bedroom self-contained apartment on the outskirts of the historic town of Cetona.  The apartment is attached to the owner’s home on this beautiful, organic smallholding overlooking vineyards, olive trees and sunflowers. It is in the country, but still convenient for touring the rest of Tuscany and Umbria. The area is stunning with incredible views.  It is a 10-15 minute walk to the town of Cetona where you can have coffee in the piazza with the locals. There is also a shop that sells produce, one that sells meat, a bakery and convenience store for anything else you may need. There are a few restaurants in the town of Cetona itself.  The apartment has a double-bedded main room, bathroom with shower over bath, a full kitchen with gas cooker, fridge, wood burning stove, dining table with four chairs, a large balcony with table and chairs with views over the unspoilt countryside. The apartment would usually accommodate two people possibly three by arrangement, as in the main bedroom there is a futon sofa bed.
Tenuta di Corsano, Apartment, Siena, Tuscany  (Ref: 17954)
Only 12 kilometres from the wonders of Siena (Sienna), La Tenuta is a timeless Chianti estate of rolling vineyards and silver-leaved olive trees. This is a delightful spot, the traditional setting of the accommodation set off by the soothing, rural surroundings. Here you can relax by the pool or in the gardens, sipping a local wine or sampling some of the local delicacies.  As well as your ‘welcome’ meal, there is an opportunity to attend weekly cooking courses held by Mrs Migone, learning the preparation of such local delights as wild boar stew. You can bake your own bread in the outside wood-oven, pick your own vegetables and fruit, and eat out under the brilliantly-starred sky of Tuscany.  The apartments are suitable for from four to six guests, and have been carefully and tastefully decorated and furnished with period pieces and antiques. The traditional whitewashed walls offer a contrast to the vibrant, warm colours of terracotta tiles and wooden fixtures, with a result that is both airy and welcoming.
Villa Arcaia, Tuscany, luxury villa (Ref: 13622) Self catering villa in Castiglione del Lago, Italy
Villa Arcaia is a fine country residence set in a spacious park. It looks out from its hilltop over idyllic countryside, a patchwork of arable fields, citadels, lakes and wooded hillsides. Spread over three buildings, it comprises four separate and wholly independent units, able to sleep 28 people in all, with facilities for the disabled. You can be sure of a welcome that is courteous and discriminating, and at the same time heartfelt. All the rooms have their own character. The four units vary in size and ensure that all guests have complete privacy. All the bedrooms are furnished with taste and come with heating and air conditioning.
The accommodation is highly flexible and can cater for all possible requisites guests may have. Whether you are having a special gathering and need a large structure or wish to have a pleasant and relaxing time away from home, Villa Arcaia is the ideal setting.  Sleeps 20.
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