Orvieto Transportation

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    Accessing the Old City by Car and Parking

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    As previously noted Orvieto's old town is located entirely on a plateau above the City. Unfortunately if you are driving into Orvieto and want to access the old city parking can be somewhat of a challenge. The best place we found that folks could park in the City is at the Campo della Fierra parking lot. The parking lot is also sometimes referred to as Foro Boario. The parking lot is located just off of the S.S. Umbrio Casentinese. Short term parking rates are reasonable at 1 euro per hour. Be sure and pay at the gray ticket machine to the side of the lot. However the crowning feature of this parking lot is that has an elevator that jets you quickly up to the old city at no additional cost. You arrive on Via Rupe which is close to the Duomo and other central town features. There is also an escalator that is significantly slower that also gets you up to the old city. if slower is not bad enough sections of the escalator are usually not working making the one minute or so trip on the elevator far superior than the 4-5 minute trip and walk up on the escalator.

    Of course this is not the only parking lot in the city. Here is a cut and paste link showing the four main parking lots in the City. http://www.orvietoviva.com/en/content.asp?c=2&m=37
    However be on the look out Orvieto has more parking monItors than it does restaurants. The police are continually trolling the city looking for parking violators. So for folks coming from Rome, Florence or other points the Campo del Fierra lot is by far the easiest parking lot to access. It also avoids the aggravation of having to navigate the streets of old town Orvieto as well a pay higher rates for parking.

    We also found the parking lot to be the easiest access point to walk to the old city from our hotel, the Villa degli Ullivi. The lot was never full when we were there in May. Its also only about a 200 meter walk up to the parking lot from the hotel.

    P.S. Yes I know my photo is gawd awful. Searching for escalator.

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    The Bracci funicular

    by leics Written Jul 25, 2012

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    A super experience! The Bracci funicular was first built in 1888, operated by water power and closing in the 19870s. It was renovated and re-opened in 1990, no longer powered by water.

    The lower funicular station is directly opposite Orvieto's railway station, which is excellent.

    It's a good idea to buy your ticket (I bought 2, for up and down) from the bar/cafe in the station itself, on the right as you exit the station. This saves queueing at the funicular station ticket office. One-way ticket cost 1 euro in july 2012.

    You can also buy tickets for the shuttle bus from the top funicular station to the Duomo if you wish, though I did not bother. Again, they are one euro.

    I had thought there would be an operator actually in the cab, but not so: the operators are in a control centre in the upper station. Don't worry when you see the descending carriage apparently on a collision course with yours: there is a small area which has two separate lines! :-)

    When I visited the funicular operated roughly every 10-15 minutes, though there will obviously be variations according to day, time and season (and possibly passenger numbers too). It runs on weekdays from 0720-2030, and on Sundays and holidays from 0800-2030.

    Definitely the best way to get into and out of Orvieto, imo. Enjoy!

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    Train

    by leics Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    It's a long walk from Termini ticket machines!
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    By far the easiest way to get to anywhere in Italy is by train. The Italian railway network is extensive and trains are safe, comfortable enough and very reasonably-priced.

    Orvieto is an easy daytrip by train from Rome, and that is the route I took. The train leaves from Rome Termini station and takes just over an hour. The (slightly) slower trains are considerably cheaper than the (slightly) faster ones.

    You can buy a ticket for both parts of the journey in Rome if you wish, but beware..if you choose the faster IC trains you will be tied to a specific departure time. Better to either choose the cheaper regional trains (which do not have assigned seats,so you can travel on any of them) or just buy your return ticket from Orvieto station. I did the latter.

    Ticket machines are easy to use and have English language options. They accept cash and give change. They will, however, only accept cards with chip and PIN.

    Be warned: the Orvieto train leaves from platforms which are some considerable distance from Termini ticket machines. It will take you several minutes to walk there, so allow plenty of time for buying your ticket and getting to the train.

    Platforms are well signed, often with electronic displays, so no worries about catching the right train. :-)

    Remember to validate (date/time-stamp) your ticket before boarding the train. Validation machines are on the platforms: older ones are yellow cuboids, newer ones are green ovoids (see photo). there are on-the-spot fines for non-validation and guards do check.

    Orvieto railway station is directly opposite the funicular up to the ancient settlement (see next tip) so it is all very easy!

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    Parking at Campo della Fiera

    by JohanIsWeg Written Feb 6, 2011

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    Orvieto from the south-west

    Campo della Fiera, situated beneath the Southern Walls on the south-western side of the old town, has 620 pay-parking and eight disabled parking areas. Rates are 0.50 euros per hour or 5 euros for 24 hours. Video surveillance provides a higher level of security.

    Campo della Fiera is well situated for access to many of Orvieto’s attractions, such as Via Filippeschi, Piazza della Repubblica, Sant' Andrea, Torre del Moro, Orvieto Duomo, Church of San Francesco, and the Church of San Lorenzo di Arari.

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    Approach Orvieto from the south-west

    by JohanIsWeg Written Feb 4, 2011

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    Orvieto from the south-west

    If travelling by car, plan to approach Orvieto from the south-west. Arriving along SS71, Strada Comunale dei Tamburino and finally Via della Gabelletta provides stunning views of this marvellous hill top town. A must stop for anyone wanting to take lovely panoramic photos of Orvieto.

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    Apparently escalators are big in Italy

    by Bunsch Written Aug 28, 2010

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    A graphic of your options from Parking to Plateau

    The high plateau on which Orvieto stands is closed to non-resident automobile traffic, which means you need to find another way up. At the opposite end of town from the funicular, you can try another interesting route to the old town: escalators. I mean, REALLY BIG ESCALATORS, in a series which is so long that you begin to wonder whether you're ever going to get to the surface, which actually comes at the Piazza della Repubblica. I'm sure you can get to these without having to park in the lot at Campo della Fiera -- but if you have a car, do pay attention to the facts that (a) you're going to pay to park, and need to do so before you get to the exit gate, and whether or not you're driving, (b) the free escalators stop running at 8:00 PM, so that if -- as we did -- you're using them to get up to town for dinner, you'd better plan on an early meal, or eat very quickly, or be prepared to walk down.

    I guess I was surprised to find the escalators (several other hill towns use elevators), but perhaps I shouldn't have been; nearby Perugia also uses this method to get tourists up to the heights.

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    Ride the funicular!

    by Bunsch Updated Aug 27, 2010

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    Isn't this fun? (not my pic)
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    It's kind of hard to know into which category the "funicolare" falls -- it is kind of like a cross between a train and a cable car. If you've parked behind the train station (FREE!), this is an easy way to make your way to the Piazza Cahen in the old city. You'll need to take a bus to get from the terminus to the center of town, and these mini-buses also run from the train station when the funicular isn't working. The fare is .80 euros, unless you've purchased the Carta Orvieto Unica (highly recommended).

    The funicular operates on weekdays from 7:20 AM to 8:30 PM, every 10 minutes; on holidays the schedule is somewhat reduced, starting at 8:00 AM and running every 15 minutes

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    Orvieto, easy to reach by plane and train

    by Trekki Updated Mar 30, 2009

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    Of all the cities I visited in Umbria, Orvieto is the easiest to reach by public transport. The nearest international airport might be even Rome, 2-3 hours south.
    Trains between Florence and Rome stop in Orvieto (distance Florence to Orvieto is 1 hr 40 min to 2 hrs 30 min, depending on the type of train; distance Rome to Orvieto is even less, between 40 min and 1 hr 30 min). Check Trentaitalia website.

    Coming by car is also easy, A1 motorway is very much close.

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    Several and unusual ways up into the city

    by Trekki Updated Mar 21, 2009

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    Orvieto’s exposed location on the tuffa plateau made it difficult for enemies to enter the town. But on the other hand it was a challenge and required a bit of creativity to get the inhabitants and guests in and out of town. At a point in time, modern time however, the two entrance gates were not enough, so the funicular was being built. The location was perfect, because it was next to the train station. The first funicular was a very clever and ecologically oriented piece of engineer work: it simply worked with water. The two gondolas had water tanks below the cabin and before each journey downhill the upper cabin tank was was filled with enough water to let gravity move it downhill. Unfortunately, the funicular owner went bancrupt and the funicular out of operation in 1970 (!). Since 1990 it operates again, however fully automatised. It runs daily every 10 minutes between 7:20 and 20:30, each fare is 0,80 €, unless you have the Carta Orvieto Unica. Keep the ticket, because it allows you to use the minibus shuttles between Piazza Cahen (at the summit station), Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica.
    The other creative idea for people transport is a clever escalator-elevator system in Orvieto’s west. Travellers can park their cars at Campo della Fiera and use the elevator up to Via Ripa near the city wall or the escalator systems to Piazza De’Ranieri. Parking costs a fee, elevator and escalator are for free of course.

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    Using the Tram from the Train Station

    by painterdave Written Nov 7, 2007

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    There is a tram that goes up the hill from the train station. You buy your ticket before entering form the toll booth. There is also a bus from here. I suggest doing them both one way.
    The tram is cheap and quick. It takes you right up to one of the main streets of Orvieto. The cathedral will be on the left after exiting at the top, the piazzas are straight on up.
    Be sure and see my other tips on restaurants....

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    The method of going to this town

    by moacha Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    A cablecar stop is located at front of the station "Orvieto" of TRENITALIA,
    and normally, you ride on it and go to the hill.
    However, when I went, the cablecar was not runnig. I arrived even at the Piazza del Duomo by Minibus A.
    Since I was looking forward to seeing the scenes out of this cablecar, I was regrettable,
    but the views can be enjoyed out of Bus.
    You can purchase the ticket by in this bus and Tabacs of a town.

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    Let's use the vending machine

    by moacha Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    The tickets of a railroad ,if possible, it is good to purchase with a vending machine.
    When I went to Orvieto,I purchased with the vending machine. It was 12 euros,
    but when I bought return at the window of the station of Orvieto, the price of it was 13 euros.
    It seems that the vending machine can purchase somehow cheep in TRENITALIA.
    At first, you choose,six kinds of languages, Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, and push a touch panel. Then "purchase or change of a ticket"sign comes out. You choose it, input the destination and a date.
    Payment has three patterns of cash, the card of a bank, and a credit card.
    Since operation is easy, I recommend purchasing your ticket by the vending machine.

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  • Luggage Deposit

    by malachOR Written Sep 7, 2006

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    Despite what tour books say, there is no luggage deposit facility at the Orvieto train station. Instead go to the train ticket window and ask "how to reach Teseo". Teseo is a tourist service in Orvieto which accepts luggage deposit for 2 Euros per piece.
    How to reach TESEO: From the station/funicular square, go towards the crossroads with trafic lights. Cross the street, and once you are in the center of the crossroads, turn right towards Viale Primo Maggio and go up the hill for about 200 meters. You will find the TESEO office (orange sign)on your right, n. 46.
    It's quite a walk but worth it considering the beauty of Orvieto.

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    Arriving by Car

    by effeti Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Passageway from the ex Fiera Parking
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    Entering the city center is rescricted. The are 2 ways for a day visit to the upper town.
    1) park at the free parking of the railways station (east side of the rock) and take the "funicolare" (cableway) up to the city center. 75 people can be moved every 15 minutes.
    2) go to the west side, and park at the PARCHEGGIO A PAGAMENTO "EX CAMPO DELLA FIERA". Not free, but at reasonable price, you can park your car at this new covered carpark. From there, a sistem of lifts, corridors inside a grotto, and moving stairways brings you up to the citycenter. Fun for the children, too!

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    Arriving by train

    by effeti Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    The train station "ORVIETO" stands on the Rome-Florence line.

    But the station is on the plan, at the foot of the rock.

    Once out, you'll find the "funicular" / cableway up to the east side of the old citycenter...
    It carries up to 75 people every 15 minutes.
    That's the best way for you!

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