When should I leave from Orlando or Tampa, Florida to arrive in Rome? I need to be in Rome to take a train to a village in Tuscany and arrive in the village on June 16th.
When does the train leave and from where? We need a target to shoot at.
If you leave 2:00 in the afternoon, you'll be in Rome at around 10:00 a.m. And by the time you deal with luggage, get through customs and take the Leonardo Express into Rome, it'll be after noon or 1:00. I write off the first day on a trip due to jet lag, and am usually looking for a nap before getting supper. I'd hate to think I had another journey ahead without some amount of rest.
Have you considered hanging around Rome for a the first day/night and taking off early the next morning?
It depends on which airline/route you take. There are no non stops from Tampa or Orlando to Rome. What's the village in Tuscany? If we know which one it is we can tell you when the last train/bus from Rome is. If it's very isolated with limited public transp. option you may have to get there the day before or choose a flight that gets you to Rome in the morning.
Most flights out of JFK or EWR will get you to Rome in the morning.
The question is pretty vague. You could leave Orlando sometime on the 15th and connect to a US city for an overnight flight to Rome. Most likely, depending on flight and schedule, you would arrive in Rome in the AM and be in the Rome train station - Termini - by noon or so and catch a train to where ever you are going in Tuscany and arrive by late PM. Tuscany is an area with many villages and towns not a single village called Tuscany. Going to Tuscany would be equal to going to Florida.
I don't have a specific train time. I was going to buy a train ticket once I arrived in Rome. I need to go to the village of Chiusi, which is about midway between Rome and Florence. I guess basically I want to make sure I arrive in Rome early enough in the day to find my way to the Roma Terminal and buy a ticket, probably a regional line. Because I am needing to arrive on a Sunday I suspect there are not as many trains running. Thank you.
The last Regionale train to Chiusi departs from Roma Termini at 9:50pm and arrives at Chiusi at 11:42 pm. There are also a bunch of Intercity trains throghout the day which will take you there a little faster (in 1 and 1/2 hour). You need to leave from Orlando the day before on the 15th of June. If you connect through JFK, EWR, IAD or PHL you should get to Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO) on the morning of June 16th. There is at least a train every hour or less to Chiusi throughout the day. Orlando (MCO) also has a non stop to Frankfurt (Lufthansa) departing from MCO at 8:00 pm and arriving at FRA at 10:50am. From FRA you could connect to either Rome FCO (at 12:10pm or 4:05pm) or to Florence FLR (at 12pm or 4:35pm). Florence is closer to Chiusi, altough not by much. Flight time from FRA to FLR is 90 minutes. From FRA to FCO is 1h 50 min. The non stop from MCO to FRA (then to either Florence or Rome) with Lufthansa is probably the last option available to get you to Chiusi on time.
You really do not have much choice about your arrival time in Rome from the US. There are day flights off the east coast but generally all flights are overnight leaving in the evening and arriving in the morning. You have the least control over this aspect of your trip. Once on the ground you will have lots of options for trains, etc., so you should not have any problem making it during the day of arrival in Rome.
Hertz has an office across the street from the Orvieto train station. Driving on the main motorways of Umbria and Tuscany is easy. Many of the smaller Tuscan towns only have car dealerships to rent cars from, and the rates can be relatively high. Last year, I went through AutoEurope.com and got a Hertz car for less money than renting directly from Hertz. Their website shows where most rental locations are.
Thanks for all of the help and advice. I am really looking forward to my trip to Tuscany. Has anyone ever been to Montefollonico? I could not find it on a map.
It's a small village near Montepulciano. Having a car there is virtually mandatory or you will be stuck there for your entire stay.
Hertz also has a rental office across the street from the train station in Chiusi, if that's your first destination from Rome. Very easy, and a great place to pick up a car since Chiusi is so small.
Thanks for all of the help. I found the town mentioned that is near Montefollonico. I appreciate the information about rental cars. I am going to be at a cooking school/experience and they are providing transportation while in Montefollonico - we will be learning regional cooking from ladies in the area, as well as the chef at La Chiusa. And the school is providing side trips to local vineyards, festivals, and a day trip to Florence. If you're curious you can find more about the school through www.tuscanwomencook.com. I saw a program on PBS about the school.