I am a first generation Italo-Americano and my daughter has been studying abroad in Siena. She has been staying with Stella and has been welcomed and cared for as if she were Stella's granddaughter herself. I came to visit my daughter and she suggested I stay in Stella's Airbnb.
If you want a truly Italian experience I suggest you stay in Stella's Airbnb. It took me back to staying with my "nonna" in Florence as a child - the high ceilings, the acoustics, the beautiful tile, the coolness of the tile, the warmth of the radiator heater, the art work on the walls, the windows with real shutters (not to mention a beautiful view of Siena), the sound of the steps, and the sound of the door shutting are all sensory experiences unique to Italy.
When you enter the apartment you walk through an entry way with a a small but very functional kitchen immediately to the left. The refrigerator is waiting for you with bottled water, juice and milk. The next room is a large bedroom with large bed, desk, bookshelves & books, a connected bathroom with everything one needs. Two large doors usher you into the living room with a couch and beautiful window. The doors can be left open giving the apartment a very open feel and when you close the shutters on the window and the doors to the living room the bedroom is quiet and dark creating the perfect setting to sleep well.
When you awake in the morning the breakfast table is set just like my "nonna" would have set it with a perfectly ironed linen table cloth, beautiful basket of fresh fruit, bread, jam, butter, and everything necessary for a morning cup of coffee. Open the shutters and window and enjoy the fresh air, the "chiaroscuro" of the Sienese morning light flooding the room, and the voices of Tuscans beginning their day.
If you want an authentic experience stay at Stella's! When you walk out and enter Via Montanini all of Siena is at your feet, and make sure and grab lunch at Osteria Bobbe e Davide.