Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3175: Le Meridiane, Apartment
Apartments just outside Siena, Tuscany Siena
June 2007, 1 week
Le Meridiane is on the outskirts of Siena, at the top of a hill. It is still within the city limits. Their website makes it look like it's one building. It's not - it's several buildings.
There is nothing particularly special about the location; it is at the edge of a residential neighborhood.
Drive. Unless you are really entirely physically fit, drive.
There is a little store/cafe/gelato stand a few blocks down the hill. I would drive to a grocery store - there is a HUGE Coop store near the train station - it is the size of a football field and worth going to just once! Don't go on Saturday at dinner time, though, if you can help it...
Grocery stores are scattered through town. Restaurants - the good ones are within the walls in Siena.
The building was modern, well-appointed. It is not quiet (but not especially noisy, either). It depends on how many people are outside eating at the picnic tables. There are several apartments in each building.
The outside sitting areas are all shared. The pool was big, clean and my son enjoyed it a great deal!
The furniture was in good shape, clean. Sofa was comfy and the place was clean.
The breeze going through the windows (which had no screens) was great. Being as it's at the top of a hill, Le Meridiane avoids the mosquitoes.
They also had a HUGE drying rack - which was so timely as I really needed to do the wash! No laundry on property that you can use, but they will do laundry FOR you for a fee.
Comfy and spacious bedrooms! One large bathroom, modern and also very clean.
The kitchen was part of the main room, it had a two burner stove and a small fridge. There were plenty of pans, dishes, etc.
Problems or Bonuses
The giant chess board was a fun thing for my son. I loved the rose bushes and different species of magnolias everywhere, there were some very special flowers all over the property.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had no problems booking, no problems with the neighbors, etc. Office clerks spoke English, and were very nice.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes! It's a very nice place - great for families - I think a lot of locals vacation here.
Things to do in this area
Siena! There are some very good restaurants in the fort.
Don't miss market day in Siena (Wednesday) - it's HUGE!
The best gelato we had on our trip was in the fort - it's right near the entrance to the campo, at the bottom of Citta's hill ... (please don't ask me what the name is, that I can't remember it makes me crazy!)
If you want to go to Florence on the train, get there the day before to get a ticket (or VERY early in the morning). We arrived an hour before the train we wanted, and were told we could not leave for four hours. We drove the 45 minutes to Florence.
Oh, and make sure you have tickets for whatever you want to do in Florence before you leave, too. Tickets for the museums had to be bought three days in advance when we were there.
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