Fourteen trains on the main Rome-Florence line stop at Orvieto daily (1 hr., 45 min. from Florence; 1 hr., 20 min. from Rome). From Perugia, take the train to Terontola (16 trains daily) for this line heading south toward Rome (1 1/4 hr. total train time). Orvieto makes a convenient stopover on a train trip between Rome and Florence; you can store bags at the Welcome Center (www.orvietoviva.com; tel. 0763/300480) behind the train station in the Piazza della Pace (3€ per large bag for 4 hours, 15€ for 24 hours, open 9am to 6pm).
Orvieto’s station is in Orvieto Scalo in the valley. To reach the city, cross the street and take the funicular (www.atcterni.it; every 10 min. from 7:20am–8:30pm).
Orvieto is easy to reach by car, especially from southern Tuscany: It’s right by the A1. The main link to the rest of Umbria is the SS448 to Todi (40 min.). There’s a large free parking lot behind the train station off Piazza della Pace, so you can drop off your car and take the funicular up to town; if you want to get a bit closer, there’s a garage at Campo della Fiera, just outside the Porta Romana, which is connected by an elevator/escalator system up to Piazza San Giovanni or Piazza Ranieri. Parking lots on the perimeter of the upper town charge about 1.50€ an hour.
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