Meeting Your Trip in SPOLETO

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on reaching your trip. Topics include...

  1. Where you Join Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you to do so.
  3. Suggestions on how to time your trip to the trip, whether you are having us arrange your travel, or doing it yourself.
  4. Service information regarding train travel to your trip start location.
  5. Suggested pre-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel to the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.



1. WHERE and WHEN Do You Join Your Trip?

Your trip meets at our Spoleto hotel, Sunday afternoon, any time after 3p, and ideally before dinner.

We will send you details of meeting time and place with your final itinerary.

If you wish to make your own way to the trip (in other words, not to set up your travel arrangements through us), hints on getting there are offered at the bottom of this page.


2. Our ACCESS PACKAGES
as of March 5, 2016

Our “Access Package” is simply a rail ticket from Rome to Spoleto.
Tickets from the airport to central Rome may be purchased at additional cost.

Base (Starting) Access Package Price:  21€ from central Rome, 37€ from the airport..
To see what this means in your currency, look here: http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html
Availability is guaranteed.  Some extra-cost options have higher prices if ordered w/in 35 days.

Included:

  • 2nd cl. train tickets from either Rome Termini or Rome Tiburtina station to Spoleto, by “regular” train (tickets from the airport to the appropriate rail station additionally included upon request).
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.
  • Our “Route Sheet to the Trip,” helping you through your journey.


Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual package (subject to availability).
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price).

  • Saturday night in one of our 3* hotels in Rome, buffet breakfast, and Sunday train to Spoleto from there:   117€ single, 169€ for two people in a double or twin.
    See our Italian City Hotel warning before you book :-).  Our Rome hotels are chosen for convenience to the city center rail station that hosts the airport train, the train to Spoleto, and the city's two principle metro lines.
    Additional nights in Rome, beyond the first:  98€ single, 148€ for a double or twin.

  • Saturday night hotel in Florence, breakfast, and Sunday train to Spoleto:   127€ single, 182€ for two people in a double or twin.
    See our Italian City Hotel warning before you book :-).  Our Florence hotels are chosen for convenience to the city center rail station that hosts the airport bus, the train to Spoleto, and to the pedestrian center.
    Additional nights in Firenze, beyond the first:  96€ single, 65€ / person double or twin.

  • Saturday train to Spoleto, night there, including breakfast:   103€ single, 148€ for two people in a double or twin.
    Add 16€ / person for tickets from the airport.

  • Tickets from London.  229€ if you are also purchasing tickets back to London, 269€ if not, or if you prefer a changeable return (for 1st class on the ”Eurostar” from London to Paris, add 50€ to either price; 1st class tickets include meal service).

  • Saturday overnight trains from France, Austria, Germany:  145€, including "Comfort Couchette” (sleeping car upgrades are available:  +55€ to a private double sleeper cabin, +99€ to private single cabin, add 25€ to double or single price for a deluxe cabin on trains from Germany only).


Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price. 
For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • Extra cost of a reserved seat on an “Intercity” or “Eurostar Italia” express train:  11€.
    See Service Information, below, to see whether the schedule you are contemplating involves this type of express train.  Editorial:  on this route, the express only saves 10 minutes.  Take it if its schedule suits you, but don’t make catching one a priority....

  • Train tickets from Milan or Venice (include required seat reservations):  +79€.
    If not travelling via Rome, +65€.   The route via Rome is generally fastest and easiest:   it saves an hour and a connection.  But two geographically shorter routes cost less, though they require an additional change of train and add an hour in travel time.

  • Train tickets from Paris or Switzerland (include required seat reservations):  +139€.

  • Train tickets from Florence (without hotel):  +37€.

  • First class train tickets (in lieu of 2nd class):  +12€ from Rome, +20€ from Florence, +35€ from Milan or Venice (discount rate of +19€ sometimes available), +55€ from Switzerland or Paris.



3. TIMING Your Trip

If we may influence your thinking on the topic of timing... Spoleto is interesting, and arriving in time to fit out your cycle will let you test your legs and adjust your cycle before the “real” trip start tomorrow.  If you have the flexibility to do so, try to schedule your arrival by mid-afternoon.


4. Service Information
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html
Best trains are mentioned. Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • From Rome.  Travel time is 1’20” by express, 1’30” by local.  There are few Sunday morning trains:  an 8a local, a 9:30a express, then service roughly hourly from 1:30p. 
    Taking a ticket on the 1:30p local is often the best strategy:  it may be used on locals at 2:30p or 4p without modification.
    There is an express at 3:30p, if you prefer a reserved seat.
  • From Milan.  Fastest trains take circa 5 hours, with a connection in Rome.  Service is every two hours.
    The most economical train is a 7-hour, single-connection service at 10:30a.
    There is also a single daily direct train at 5:45p, with a midnight arrival in Spoleto.
  • From Paris, Gare de Bercy.  Depart at 7p on Saturday evening, arrive Spoleto at noon, via Verona or Milan, and Rome.
  • From Munich or Vienna....  Overnight via Rome or Florence.
  • From Geneva or Zurich:  service every two hours, 10-hour total trip via Milan and Rome.
  • From London.  Depart at 3p London time to connect to night train in Paris.


5. Suggested PRE-TRIP VISITS

Any of the Italian cities, obviously....  We can set up train tickets from Venice, Florence, Sicily....


6. Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY to the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning pre-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun, and / or spending a little extra on the ticket is no big deal.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains.  Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm

Spoleto is on the main line from Rome to Ancona, on the Adriatic coast.  Trains run infrequently on weekend mornings, but then hourly.  Both local and express services exist:  expresses are faster, obviously, but also more expensive, and they require that you book a specific train, as opposed to just showing up and getting on.  There is a ± 10-minute difference in travel times from Rome.

Planes.  Rome’s Fiumicino (the main, international airport) is the closest intercontinental airport.
Ancona (2 hours by train) is served by Ryanair from London.  Some trains stop directly in front of the air terminal, but service is infrequent, and it may be necessary to taxi to a nearby station in either Chiaravalle (3 k) or Falconara Marittima (4 k) to catch the next departing service.  Perugia is 90 minutes away:  you would take a taxi for the short (4 k) trip to the Bastia Umbra train station, where you would catch your train to Spoleto.  Another Ryanair / “low cost” airport in the region is Rome Ciampino, but which is not linked to the city center by train.


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