We recommend that you fly into the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, about 20 miles southwest of Rome. From there you can hire a car, take the Sulga bus line or a Trenitalia train to Perugia. For an additional supplement, we can also arrange transportation to and from Perugia. .
Kayak is a great tool for finding and comparing flights. AliItalia offers non-stop flights from Boston and New York directly to Rome. For more economical fares, you can also try Aer Lingues, Lufthansa and Air France. Some airlines will charge for bike travel. Please see the carrier of your choice for more information.
Transportation to and from the airport
Perugia is about 130 miles northeast of Fiumicino. The Sulga bus line is the most economical way to travel and goes directly from the airport in Fuimicino to Perugia and will easily accommodate your bike in the main luggage compartment (lay it on its side so that it doesn't fall over).
You can also take the train with Trenitalia. Enter “Fiumicino Aeroporto” for Leaving from? and “Perugia” for Going to?. Note that this requires a transfer at the main station in Rome, which can be a hassle if you have a lot of luggage. We can also arrange for transportation for you by private car/van for an additional cost, please contact us a week before your arrival to make the necessary arrangements; include your arrival and departure times and locations.
Transportation to and from Perugia
We offer a free arrival and departure shuttle service between Perugia and Casale I Perugini. Our shuttle will go to any of the train or bus stations in Perugia, as well as the local airport. Please contact us a week before your arrival to make the necessary arrangements; include your arrival and departure times and locations.
If you'd like a little more independence, we recommend renting a car. Europcar is the most economical, but Hertz also operates in Italy. Both are at the Fiumicino airport and the main train station in Perugia. Keep in mind that the cars tend to be smaller.
Travel insurance can give you peace of mind in the event of cancellations, delays, or lost baggage. Visit InsureMyTrip.com for package comparisons and quotes.
Extending your stay
If you are continuing your vacation throughout Italy, you are welcome to leave your bike with us until you complete your travels. We will be glad to give you information about interesting destinations and transportation arrangements. If you'd like to stay longer at Casale I Perugini, please contact us for availability and rates.
You will most likely do all of the riding in a short sleeve jersey and shorts, but come prepared for cooler weather. We recommend bringing a long sleeve jersey, arm warmers, knee and leg warmers, a windbreaker or vest, and fall gloves.
If you like to have Clif bars or GU with you on a ride, bring a supply with you. The options in Italy are limited and more expensive compared with the US. However, you can get a good and inexpensive drink mix from the local market.
For trips into town and out to dinner, keep in mind that Italians like to dress well. Simple, well-fitting, and good-quality clothing is the norm. For a good overview of do's and don'ts, check out virtualitalia.com.
Packing and shipping your bike
The best way to travel with your bike is to get a travel case and bring it with you on the airplane. Your bike will be well-protected, and arrive with you at the airport. The case can also double as luggage for your cycling clothes. Look for the Thule bike case at your local bike shop; some shops also rent them. A well-packed cardboard bike box will do in a pinch, but is very susceptible to damage from baggage handlers.
Your ride leaders, Chris and Jeff, can help you reassemble your bike upon arrival, and repack it for the trip home.
We strongly encourage you to bring your own bike. However, we can arrange a bike rental with the local bike shop for €160 for the week. Please notify us at least two months prior to your vacation so that we can make the arrangements. The bike will be delivered to the lodging.
It is easiest to convert currency once you arrive in Italy, either at a local bank or exchange service. You will usually get the best rate just by using the ATM. For current exchange rates, check out XE.com.