small-town travel in Italy

Hi People,

I see that some towns in Umbria are bus and rail-connected, such as Preugia to Assisi, Assisi to Gubbio etc., but not others. My home base will be Assisi as of March 21, and I have 3 weeks [yea!] to visit area villages. I will not be driving, and am asking whether you have done something similar. Will I discover, once there, that buses go pretty well everywhere? For example, I would also like to get to Spello, Orvieto, Spileto, Deruta, Todi and others [staying in hostels]. ANY other tips would appreciated too, esp. regarding transportation, accommodation and street markets. Thanks!

Posted by Ellen
Centennial, CO, USA
1539 posts

Dave, you might consider (if you are in fairly good shape) renting a bike for a day or two to explore some towns. they are not far apart...maybe 20 miles, maybe a bit more. It's a really fun way to get close to locals (Italians love bike riders!) Other than that...buses will work. Trains do not go to all the smaller towns.