In the very heart of historic Siena and the stateliest of its ancient streets, here is a Renaissance palace where you can settle into your own beautifully renovated space in pedestrian-zone peace. Each apartment has high ceilings (some with original 1500s frescoes), gleaming old terracotta floors, lots of light from tall elegant windows, generous space and a successful mix of fine antique and good modern furniture set off by pale fabrics and interesting art. Antonio, a model of Italian energy, charm and enviable style, loves his family home – city and palazzo – and joyfully shares his enthusiasm with guests. He has modernised the apartments, kitchens and bathrooms included, to be as graceful and welcoming as possible. In the peace of a palazzo, just steps from the crowd-buzzing, bell-tolling cobbles, you will live in the lap of unpretentious luxury and a huge sense of history. Set out to discover Siena’s bottomless treasure chest and food-crammed markets. And do book one of Antonio’s tailor-made tours – he has introductions to all sorts of places and people that are off the normal tourist trail.