In-Town Apartment - Family Lodgings - Historic Residence

Character: Spacious and elegant apartment in a former convent in the center of town.
Advantages: Good in-town location; very comfortable; extremely spacious; English-speaking managers.
Location: In Siena, in the San Martino quarter. Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral are both a five-minute walk. Shops and restaurants are right downstairs; public parking is a few blocks away. Click here to see the map for Nicchio.
Size: Sleeps 5; living/dining room, separate kitchen, one room with double bed, one room with twin beds, one room with single bed, one bathroom with shower, one bathroom with tub.
Features: Antique furnishings, terracotta floors and wood-beamed ceilings. TV, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, oven, washing machine, hair dryer.
Minimum stay: Three nights.
Disadvantages: No telephone or elevator (it's 40 steps up from street level).
Car needed: No.

If you are planning to stay in Siena for a few days, you are no doubt well versed in this very historical Tuscan town's raison d'être, the Palio. What to some (read: the rest of the world!) may seem to be no more than a very colorful bi-annual pageant capped off by the most unruly horse race on the planet is, for the Sienese, a lifelong commitment and the basis upon which communities have been maintained for over five centuries now. Fierce loyalty still reigns amongst the residents of the city's 17 contrade (historic neighborhoods), whose boundaries have not changed during all those years. So, if you stay a week in this elegant apartment, you'd better get used to being a de facto member of the Nicchio contrada for the rest of your days. That's pronounced nee-kyo, and it means The Shell.

Allow us to say that the Sienese seem to be a bit obsessed with drawing territorial boundaries. Not only did they carve up the town into contrade, they also trisected it into terzi. Nicchio is located in the Terzo di San Martino, about 300 yards from Piazza del Campo, on the second floor of a lovely old palazzo. The building was formerly a convent, as attested by the arches on the ground floor and in the central courtyard around which you will climb 40 steps to get home.

The Nicchio apartment is bright and comfortably furnished mostly with antiques. The very large 1400-square-foot area (which seems even larger thanks to the soaring wood-beamed ceilings) consists of a spacious living room with sofa and TV; a separate dining room with an antique table for six; a well-equipped kitchen with oven and range, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine; a double bedroom; a twin bedroom; a single bedroom; one bathroom with shower and one bathroom with bathtub. Light sleepers will be delighted to know that all three bedrooms (and the living room) face the quiet courtyard. If there are only two people in your party, the owner is happy to lower the rent and close off two bedrooms and one bathroom. There is no telephone, but you can easily rent a cell phone, and an Internet point is right downstairs, next to the greengrocer's, the ice cream shop and a charming little moderately-priced restaurant.

T he apartment is a perfect base to explore the splendors of Siena, all within easy walking distance thanks to the wise urban planning policy of making almost all the center off limits to vehicles. The Gothic cathedral, one of the finest churches in Italy, dominates the highest point of the town, only five minutes' walk from the apartment. Along the way you will pass a wide array of boutiques, bookshops and restaurants to meet your daily needs as a Nicchiaiolo (pronounce THAT neek-yai-oh-lo - if you can!).

Vital information:
On Via Pantaneto, close to the Campo and the nearest parking lot
Second floor (no elevator)
Three bedrooms (sleeps 5)
One bathroom with bathtub and hair dryer
One bathroom with shower
Separate kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, oven and burners
Washing machine
Iron and board
Central heating


2014 Prices (for the apartment)
  Jan. 1-April 19
April 26-May 10
Sept. 13-Dec. 20
April 19-26
May 10-Sept. 13
Dec. 20-31
1-2 People
3 Nights 600.00 EURO 675.00 EURO
4 Nights 630.00 EURO 704.00 EURO
5 Nights 680.00 EURO 765.00 EURO
6 Nights 726.00 EURO 828.00 EURO
Weekly 786.50 EURO 897.00 EURO
Monthly 2010.00 EURO 2670.00 EURO
3-5 People
3 Nights 720.00 EURO 810.00 EURO
4 Nights 756.00 EURO 852.00 EURO
5 Nights 775.00 EURO 865.00 EURO
6 Nights 870.00 EURO 996.00 EURO
Weekly 942.50 EURO 1079.00 EURO
Monthly 2370.00 EURO 3240.00 EURO

For this property:
Prices include: all taxes, electricity, water, gas, one change of linens per week and final cleaning. Monthly prices do not include metered electricity, or 100 Euro for final cleaning, or the mandatory three-hour cleaning every other week, which costs 15 Euro/hour.
Not included in the price: 12 Euro/week or 40 Euro/month for wifi connection (free of charge for stays less than seven nights). If you wish to use the wifi, you must notify us before your stay. Metered heating, available approximately October 15-March 30.

A baby bed is available for 20 Euro/week, including linens. A sixth bed can be added for 10 Euro/night. These costs are paid in cash in Italy.
We regret that animals are not allowed.

Check-in: 4-7pm
Check-out: by 10am
Refundable security deposit: 200 Euro or US$200

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It is not possible to guarantee Internet access at any property, because the property does not generate the service, it merely provides access from a server. If the server experiences any kind of problem at all, the property regrets it cannot be responsible for any inconvenience caused by subsequent lack of service.