Podere Montepozzo
Strada traversa Onanese-Cassia, 28
01021 Acquapendente VT

Click here to view the Google map of the location and bookmark it so you can use it to plan your journey and trips. Co-ordinates are 42.710724, 11.862064, or 42°42'33.9"N, 11°51'41.5"E.

Flights from the UK Nearest airport is Perugia which is under two hours drive; Ryanair flies there on alternate days. Rome airports are about two hours drive: Ryanair flies to Rome Ciampino Airport; EasyJet, Vueling and others fly to Rome Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) Airport which also is served by the international airlines. Other possibilities include Florence, Perugia and Pisa. For a quick comparison of all the carriers try skyscanner or google flights.

UK airport parking There are some good discounts to be had by using airline links, usually as cheap or cheaper than other online parking websites. Or try here.

Car Hire A car is essential so, unless you bring your own, you will need to hire one. You could pick up from the airport or get the train to Orvieto (about £12 per person economy 2nd class, see By rail paragraph below). Good deals from EasyJet/Europcar and Ryanair/Hertz. Europcar service is good and slightly cheaper than Hertz - our experience is limited to budget superminis. There could be better deals through discount agencies such as EasyCar, Holiday Autos or Auto-Europe, who will find you the best deals so you could still find yourself with an Avis or Hertz car but at a much better rate. For a quick comparison of all of them try skyscanner or google or other search engine.

By road from the UK Starting from Calais or Dunkirk, driving time is 14-18 hours plus rest, fuel and meal breaks, so allow an overnight stop and early starts. There are a number of route variations through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, the fastest using toll roads. The north route through Belgium and Luxemburg is fast and toll free but Switzerland charges for their motorways about £35 for the calendar year and that includes the 17 km St Gottard Tunnel, whereas other tunnels are charged. The fastest and most direct route is through France using toll roads which are expensive, plus the Mont Blanc Tunnel or Frejus Tunnel fee. Once in Italy there are few alternatives to the toll roads which cost about 10p per mile in 2018.

The websites of Bing, Google, ViaMichelin and theAA can help with route planning and give alternatives to their recommended options. They also calculate overall cost inclusive of tolls and fuel if you let them know vehicle type and fuel cost per litre. Fuel costs in Europe are listed here.

By rail Nearest station is Orvieto on the Milan-Rome line, a 40 minute taxi ride (about 45 euro) or just hire a car from nearby the station (Hertz and Avis agencies). With connections to Italian Eurostar, French TGV and Eurostar to the UK, rail could be an alternative for those who don’t like air travel. Trenitalia website. More info on travelling from Rome by train here.

By bus Local buses used to be a rare sight, however in recent years there seem to be more and more of them so it is now a possibility to travel locally by bus. Nearest bus stop to Montepozzo is 30 minutes walk.

Taxis There are a few local private taxi services.

Driving in Italy When glancing in your rear view mirror, don’t be intimidated by the gesticulating geezer in sunglasses, smoothing his hair whilst shouting into his Prada mobile and alternately drawing on a cigarette. He appeared out of nowhere and now seems to be filling the mirror frantically flashing his lights. It’s nothing personal; just get out of his way. Quick. He will squeeze past you the instant you start moving over. Then he will cut directly across you to turn off at the junction you almost made him miss. Many Italians, male and female, tend to drive like this, except those that meander along at a leisurely pace, who seem determined not to let you pass but in fact they are merely unaware of your existence. Then there is the 'Apé' - the tiny three wheeler pickup truck that pootles along at the edge of the road, then, just as you are about to pass, turns in front of you without giving any signal. Great fun. Just keep your head – you’ll soon get used to it!

Pedestrian in Italy There is an increasing number of pedestrian crossings in Italy but you have to put a foot in the road to stand any chance of a motorist stopping for you. In rural areas many people walk long distances to visit the shops or family and friends. Being close to the Via Fancigena (the pilgrims way from France) there are often groups of walkers to be seen trudging in the steps of pilgrims past on their way to Rome, from as far away as Canterbury in Kent!

Michelin map of area www.viamichelin.co.uk.

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