Getting to Città di Castello
1. From Rome (Fiumicino Airport)
- Option 1. Taking a direct bus from Fiumicino airport to Cittá. We have been told there is one bus a day, leaving at 2:30. When exiting Terminal 3, you should turn right and go all the way down to bus stops 1 and 2. A blue and white Sulga bus should arrive around 2:30, perhaps bearing the name “Perugia.” This bus will take you to Tiburtina Station in Rome, where you will change to another bus that will take you to Città di Castello.
- Option 2. By train and bus. Once in Termini station in Rome, you will want to buy a ticket to Arezzo, either at a service window or with one of the automatic machines (which takes credit cards—so long as they have a chip—as well as Euro coins and bills). A ticket will cost between14 and 30 Euros, depending on the time you are traveling and on whether you want to travel first or second class.
Most of the trains that service Arezzo originate in Rome and end in Firenzi (Florence). Please note that the track (binario) for these trains is often “2EST” (where EST means EAST, not “estimated”). Be careful! Track “2EST” is in a separate part of the train station and it will take you a good 10 minutes to get there from the main part of the station.
i) Arezzo. Once in Arezzo, you can take either a cab to the hotel in Citta di Castello (Hotel Le Mura: 24 Via Borgo Farinario, 24, 06012 Città di Castello, +39.075.852.1070) or else a bus. Buses leave from a parking lot just across the street and to the left of the train station as you exit. You buy your ticket (around 5 Euros) beforehand in the little glassed-in office building on the train station side of the street.
Here is the link that will give you the full schedule of buses from Arezzo to Città di Castello (http://www.etruriamobilita.it/orari/SI381.pdf). As I read it, there are only 2 buses that are direct and do not require a change: the first is at 10:45am (arrives in Città di Castello at 11:47) and the other is at 17:30pm (arrives at 18:35pm). There are a couple of others, as you will see, that require you to change in Monterchi. Please note that buses do NOT run on Sunday.
Be aware that if you arrive to Arezzo after 8:00p.m. there will be no bus service to Città di Castello. In that case you should take a taxi that costs around 90 euro and will take somewhat between 30 to 45 minutes. More information is available here: http://www.taxiarezzo.net/
As of summer 2012, the state cancelled the Sunday bus service from Arezzo to Citta di Castello. If you plan to arrive on Sunday via Arezzo, be sure to check ahead regarding bus service. It may be that it will be necessary to come from Arezzo to Citta di Castello via taxi on Sundays.
ii) Perugia or Terni. The trip from Rome Termini to Perugia is about two hours (you may additionally also have to change trains in Foligno to get to Perugia). If you are taking this train, make sure you do NOT get off at the main stop for Perugia, but at the prior smaller stop called San Giovanni. Note that this train is run by a private train company and not by TrenItalia. The train from Rome Termini to Terni lasts about 50 minutes. There are local trains regularly running from Perugia and Terni to Città di Castello, but remember that these will be relatively slow.
Once in Città di Castello, you can either walk the short distance to Hotel Le Mura or get a taxi.
In case you need additional information, the state railroad system has a web page – www.trenitalia.it – through which you can check all possible train connections for any destination. Just specify the departure and arrival locations. You can also buy your tickets in advance through the website.
2. From Rome (Ciampino airport)
If you are arriving in Ciampino Airport, you should take one of the COTRAL/SCHIAFFINI buses from the airport to Rome, then take a train from Rome to Arezzo. The bus from the airport departs every 30 minutes and costs €1. It will take you to a station from which you can take a train to Rome’s Termini station. These trains depart every 15 minutes and cost just €1.50. Once you get to Termini station you can transfer to a train heading for Arezzo.
Once in Arezzo follow the directions specified above.
3. From Florence
From Florence you can get a train to Arezzo (this trip takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes), then a bus from the Arezzo terminal to Città di Castello. Alternatively, you can also get the bus directly from Florence, which goes via Arezzo, to Città di Castello (this journey will take 3 hours and 40 minutes). Once in Città di Castello, get off the bus at the stop indicated above (Via Gramsci).
When you arrive in the Firenze station, on the main departures board look for the train to Perugia e Orte –this will tell you the number of the “binario” (platform) that the train is departing from, and when the next train is departing. Check the schedule at the binario to make sure the train is stopping at Arrezo.
Once in Arezzo follow the directions specified above.
4. Getting from Pisa Airport to Firenze
There is a train from the Pisa airport to Firenze which leaves every hour. If you’ve missed the train, there is also an inexpensive shuttle operated by a company called Terravision that goes back and forth from Pisa to Firenze.
Further travel infomation can be obtained from the Hotel’s website: www.hotellemura.it
CITTA TO ROME: There are two buses daily from Citta di Castello to Rome, the first at 7:15 and the second at 16:45. These buses usually leave from the Piazza Garibaldi, but in 2015 the 7:15am bus left on Tuesdays and Thursday from the little station in Città di Castello (the reason being that a market is set up in the Piazza Garibaldi on Thursday and Saturday).
These buses all go to Tiburtina station in Rome. You will change buses there in order to get to Fuimicino (the bus between Tiburtina and Fuimicino often says “Perugia” on it, just to defy all logic.)
General information about the train system in Italy
Most of the information about train travel in this document applies to the national train system, TrenItalia. (Some of the possible train travel, e.g., the train from Perugia to Città di Castello is by private companies.) For more on TrenItalia, see a guidebook or visit their website (www.trenitalia.it), but here are a few basic helpful points.
a) Before boarding trains, validate your ticket (to ‘time-punch’ it) by sticking it in one of the yellow machines in the station or on the platform. Make sure you validate the correct end (the one with extra space).
b) Not all trains stop at all stations. Check the schedule on the platform to make sure that the departing train stops at your destination. See more in the guidebooks for the various different types of trains.
c) Automated ticket machines: Sometimes line-ups for ticket purchases are quite long. If you already know the tickets you need, you can use one of the automated ticket machines, which work in Italian, French, German, English, and let you pay for your tickets in cash or with credit card, cirrus cards, etc. Bear in mind that you have to choose time and date windows when purchasing tickets on these machines.
d) Schedules might change! Don’t expect Italian trains to be always on time. There might be strikes, railroads under construction, unexpected cancellations, etc. Have always a plan B on mind and make sure you leave enough time between connections.
General Information about the intercity bus system in Umbria
The inter-city bus provides a way of doing some traveling on the weekend without cars. There are connections from Arezzo to Florence and Siena. Perugia and Assisi are also within relatively easy reach. We will try to have bus schedules available early in the first week. The train connects with most of the major cities in the area.
The intercity system is called SITA and its buses are a distinctive blue color. Since the system is responsible for public transportation across the region, the buses can make many stops along the way and are consequently somewhat slow. On the other hand, it is a quick way to explore cities in the region. Be advised, however, that SITA buses generally stop running at about 9:00 in the evening. You can check schedules for SITA on their website, http://www.sitabus.it/wps/portal.