So how does one get to Perugia? Elementary, my dear Watson!

There is a bus from Rome (Fiumicino) to Perugia – it takes about 4 hours but saves having to take 2 trains (or even 3!) Sulga Autolinee is the bus company operating this service. If you are arriving on Sunday 29th then we have arranged for a 20 seater private bus to transfer conference delegates from Rome (Fiumicino airport departing at 13.00 and arriving at the Hotel Gio at 15.00 approx. To reserve a place on the Wine Express Rome to Perugia please email Agnese Cerqualglia  [email protected] at Strada dei Vini del Cantico

Thinking of hiring a car? Then from Rome, leave the A1 at the Orte exit and follow the signs for Terni. Once there, take the SS3bis/E45 for Perugia. From the north, exit the A1 at Valdichiana and take dual carriageway SS75 for Perugia. Double dutch? Just grab a map it’s really easy.

You’ll find all the major car-rental companies (Avis, Hertz, Europe Car)  at the both airports and main train station.

Would just love to get to Perugia by trainPerugia is on a spur line, so there’s almost always a change in Foligno to the southeast or Terontola to the northwest. Regular trains run to Rome €10.12 to €18.45, 2¼ to three hours, Florence (€7.90 to €12.50, two hours) and Arezzo (€4.50, one hour and 10 minutes, every two hours). To view train times visit Tren Italia

About half of the tourist destinations in Umbria require a ride on the Ferrovia Central Umbra. These adorable graffiti’d ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ trains also leave from Rome (switch in Terni). You must validate your ticket on board, not before boarding as with all other Italian trains and if the ticket inspector demands you to pay a fine of 30 Euros for not punching your ticket just say you don’t have any cash and don’t give in!

Thinking of flying direct to Perugia? You’ll be lucky! Aeroporto Sant’Egidio, 13km east of the city, offers at least three daily Alitalia flights to Milan, plus a new Ryanair service to London Stansted thrice weekly. A one-way or round-trip taxi to Perugia costs around €25, or there’s an extremely convenient bus line, Sulga; €3.50), which coincides with all arrivals and departures. The white shuttle-buses leave from Piazza Italia about an hour and 10 minutes before a scheduled departure, stopping at the train station 15 minutes into the journey. From the airport, buses leave once everyone is off the planes with their luggage. If they are working to a timetable we might need to get Mr Holmes on the case.

For those of you arriving early and/or leaving later to/from Rome and would like someone to help with accommodation then please contact Agnese Cerquaglia: [email protected] at Strada dei Vini del Cantico

Hope that helps!