Tips on how to get to your destination.
Arriving in Rome by Plane.
Arriving in Rome by Plane. Rome’s main airport, FIUMICINO, also known as Leonardo da Vinci Airport, is Italy’s largest airport. It is 16 miles from Rome’s city center and is linked directly to the city by train and by road. The train ride is approximately 30 minutes and goes directly into the central railway station, The Termini Station. The airport has information booths, taxis/shuttles, banks, money-exchange booths, coffee shops, restaurants and shops selling Italian and international products. A good, English-language website about the airport can be found at: http://www.rome-airport.info.
From the airport it is a 2-hour and 20-minute car trip to the house or a 1 hour train ride to Orvieto from which point you’d have to either rent a car in Orvieto or take a taxi to the house (40 minute away). I always recommend renting a car at the Rome airport and driving directly to the house. They’ll be plenty of time for Rome and other great cities later, either by train or car.
Renting a car is straightforward. Almost all rental agents speak English and you will not have any problems picking up or returning your car at the airport. In my opinion, the most economical car rental agency is actually a company based in Maine in the U.S. I use it all the time and so do many of my friends. That company is called: KEMWEL. You can call them directly at: 1 (877) 820-0668 or visit their website at www.Kemwel.com. Start with KEMWEL before renting a car from anyone else, but definitely shop around. If you do find a better price for the same or comparable car, call KEMWEL back and ask them to beat the price you found. They always have for me.
A Few Words about Driving in Italy:
Italian cars have the steering wheel on the same side of the car (the left side), as we do here in the states. Italians also drive on the same side of the road as we do in the U.S. (the right side).
Driving in Italy is easy. The roads are very well-maintained, (better than in the U.S.) the signage is excellent (lots of signs, and in the right places), the roads have many safety features that our roads in the U.S do not have and there are many more rest-stops, gas stations and snack bars on their highways than in the U.S. I was nervous the first time I drove in Italy, but within 15 minutes I was fine and could see how good the roads, bridges, exits, etc. were. The things you hear about crazy Italian drivers speeding around like madmen are generally false, although you will see that around the big cities. The Italians use the left lane of multi-lane highways ONLY for momentary passing and it is considered very rude to be driving in the left lane unless you are passing.
Almost all autostrade are toll roads. The easiest way to pay tolls is to use a major credit card. When you get to the exit ramp, look for the lanes with a large sign showing the pictures of the various credit cards. Insert the toll ticket first (with the arrow pointing forward), then your credit card (with the hologram out). To get a receipt, push the red button after you retrieve your credit card.
In case of breakdown on any Italian road, dial 116 at the nearest telephone. The nearest ACI office will be advised to come to your assistance. On superhighways, use the emergency telephones placed every 2 km.
If you are planning to rent a car in Italy you must have valid insurance coverage which is included in the price for all cars rented through KEMWEL and others car rental agencies.
In cities and towns, the limit is 50 km. (31.25 m.p.h.). On other roads, maximum speeds are: 90 km. (56.25 m.p.h.) for all cars and motor vehicles on main roads and local roads 110 km. (68.75 m.p.h.) for all cars and motor vehicles up to 1099 cc. on superhighways and 130 km. (81.25 m.p.h.) for all cars and motor vehicles over 1100 cc. on superhighways.
Mobile phones & Seat Belts
Drivers may use mobile phones only if the phones are equipped with an earpiece. Pedestrians have the right of way at zebra crossings and seat belts are compulsory at all times.
Best Car Route from Rome Airport to the House in San Venanzo
For the uninitiated, it might look as if taking the A1 to Orvieto, then coming over Mt Peglia might be the most direct route, but I NEVER come that way because the road from Orvieto to San Venanzo is curvy, and goes UP the mountain then back down. Personally, I think it’s just too tiring after a long flight. So…here’s how I drive from Fiumicino airport in Rome to the house:
A1, direction Firenze, then exit at Orte. At Orte direction Terni (E45), then direction Perugia. A few exits after Todi is the exit for Marsciano. Take this exit, which curves you up and over the E45, heading into Marsciano. There’s a long, straight road that heads towards Marsciano, with fields on either side. This road more or less dead ends at a T, where you can go either left or right. There will be a sign telling you to go RIGHT for San Venanzo. At the next roundabout go LEFT, then at the next roundabout go left again. At the next roundabout, (the third), go left. You’re now on the SS317, which heads up to San Venanzo. Stay on this road, going straight thru the next round about, then follow the road as it curves to the right. Stay in the right hand lane, following the signs for San Venanzo. You’ll get to see a little of Marsciano, driving past the hospital and up to San Venanzo (also follow signs for Orvieto, since the SS317 continues past San Venanzo to Orvieto). As you enter San Venanzo follow the main road thru town past the small IP gas station on the right, then the post office on your left. JUST AFTER the Post Office you’ll turn right, in front of the church, then immediately turn right again, so that you’re now driving uphill, with the church on your right. At the top of the hill, turn LEFT at the corner where the bank is (bank’s name is Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze). After turning left at the bank you’ll drive a very short distance, then turn LEFT at the first opening. As you drive down this street, you’re now on XXIV maggio, our street. After a few buildings the street will open up and there’s a small (5-6 car) parking lot on the right. Our house is directly across from this parking lot (#18). If there is a space, pull in there. If not, continue down the street, and just as you start to curve to the left, pull into the space behind our garage, which is just around the corner of the building. It usually takes me just over 2 hours to get from the Rome airport to the house – it might take you a little longer.
Orvieto Station on Florence-Rome trains
How to get around in the district
Public bus services, to and from Orvieto, with stops at all towns (only weekdays)