Siena Villas

Discover the culture, history and natural beauty of Tuscany on a holiday in the enchantingly pretty province of Siena.  Against an inspirational landscape of mountains, valleys and vineyards, Siena villas offer access to medieval towns, hill-top fortresses and idyllic villages.  Each corner of the province, which is located in the centre of Tuscany, celebrates its own distinctive character and qualities, meaning that there is always plenty to see on Siena villa holidays.  Whether you are enjoying panoramic views of the region, sipping a coffee in a lively piazza or witnessing mesmerising architecture, you are sure to be enthralled throughout your stay.

A holiday in Tuscany is a holiday for the senses, as every day will bring new delights and experiences.  The region’s famous gastronomy draws many people to Siena villas and you will be spoilt for choice in cafés and restaurants during your stay in Italy.  As well as national dishes such as pasta and pizza, you will find local specialties such as Tuscan stew and wild boar.  The perfect accompaniment to many of these rustic dishes is the region’s locally produced wine, Chianti Classico, which is made in the Chianti region.  Exploring vineyards is a favourite pastime of many people who rent a villa in Siena, with the towns of Castello di Volpaia, Radda and Castellina proving extremely popular with wine lovers.

One of the most famous events in the region is the Palio horse race, which is held in the capital of the province, the city of Siena.  Ten of the city’s 17 historical wards compete with each other in a fierce and fast race, with jockeys riding horses bareback.  Before the race there are spectacular parades full of colour and music, which are often as exciting as the race itself.  Siena villas are extremely popular when the Palio is held, so be sure to book in advance if you want to witness the event during your holiday.  The race is held in the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, one of Italy’s largest piazzas and is well worth a visit whatever time of the year that you rent a Siena villa.

The medieval city of Siena is an attraction in its own right thanks to its mesmerising architecture.  The city has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to maintain the city there is a ban on cars inside the city walls.  Many people staying on Siena villa holidays visit the city to see the awe-inspiring Duomo Cathedral, which was built in the 13th century.  The Gothic cathedral features a unique interior of black and white striped pillars as well as the magnificent octagonal Nicola Pisano pulpit.  The Santa Maria della Scala, which was one of Europe’s first hospitals, is another of the city’s must-sees whilst staying in a villa in Siena.  The hospital has now been converted into an archaeological museum, with epic frescos that detail the hospital’s history.

Many Siena villas are located in more rural locations, where you will find many more sights and attractions.  One of the most popular places for tourists in rural Siena is the ancient commune of Monteriggioni.  This is the best example of a walled medieval settlement in Siena and has been practically untouched since the 13th century.  The settlement is perched on a hill, so when its walls are lit at night it appears to float.  Be sure to visit if you are staying in a villa in Siena during the “Festa Medievale” in July.  This fun festival features professionals and locals in medieval dress, street entertainers doing ancient arts and a variety of craft shows.

Many apartments and luxury villas in Siena offer views of the famous San Gimignano skyline.  The idyllic hill-top town, which is 300m above sea level, is famous for its 14 towers that break into the sky.  One of the best viewing points in Tuscany can be enjoyed from the Torre Grossa, the city’s tallest tower.  From the top of the tower you will have a breathtaking view of the surrounding Elsa Valley below, which is a vast mix of poppy fields, vineyards and olive groves.  Siena villas in this area are perfect for a tranquil getaway, with plenty of walking and cycling routes nearby.

The location of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, makes it the ideal place for exploring many of the region’s most famous cities and sights.  On this website you will find a wide range of options for your self-catering break, from luxury villas in Siena to modern apartments.  Details of the amenities, size and location of each of the wonderful villas can be found on the individual listings of the property advertised.  Take a look at the wide variety of available Siena villas to book the ideal holiday property today.