This is a perfect spot for exploring art, architecture and food, close to Siena’s historical centre, public transport links and to the Via Francigena for long distance hikers too. It’s ideal if guests are travelling light as it’s a bit of a climb to the fourth floor of an ancient building – but well worth it for the bright airy apartment with views over the old town. Two rooms can be let together, sharing a bathroom; the other two are en-suite with smart little bathrooms, making the most of limited space. An adorable glassed in veranda is just wide enough for two guests to enjoy a drink, tucked in between red-tiled roofs; the white-painted breakfast room is welcoming with a big communal table. Serene Paola puts her heart and soul into breakfast, all locally sourced and homemade – she’s passionate about the environment, responsible living and tourism, so the flat’s furniture is a mix of antique and recycled, she avoids waste, and there’s a wonderful mix of vintage, sometimes hand-embroidered, linens. Paola lives nearby so breakfast is the best time to quiz her for local tips on where to go and what to see in her lovely home town.