Transportation

Airport Transfers, Auto Rentals, Driving to Arrive at L’Antica Vetreria: L’Antica Vetreria is located in the village of Piegaro, just 15km from the central Umbria/Tuscany train station of Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, which serves trains from Florence, Pisa, Milano, Bologna or Roma.There are several choices for auto rentals locally, or you can rent at your arriving airport, or convenient transfer from airports to L’Antica Vetreria in 9 passenger vans.

Driving Distances from Airports:  Perugia to Piegaro: 40 km, Pisa to Piegaro: 230 km, Rome to Piegaro: 180 km, Florence to Piegaro: 130 km

Auto Rentals:   There are two great auto rental agencies in Chiusi, right across from train station: good prices for both sedans and mini-vans.  Email: aesserent@gmail.com Sara or Lorenzo are great!  Highly recommended!  Please mention that you are staying at L’Antica Vetreria with Colleen if you contact them.

Transfer Service: Gianni Lippi Car Service offers transfers from Rome, Florence, Pisa or Perugia.  Many guests have used his service with great satisfaction. He can transfer up to 8 passengers in van for 240 Euro from Rome, Florence or Pisa. The cost is less from Perugia. Ask for rates: email: ligian@libero.it   Gianni speaks excellent English.

Trains: Be aware that there are very sophisticated pick-pockets working all the big train stations: Rome, Florence and Venice!  Keep wallets close to your chest, hands on purses and closed shut. Refuse help from anyone at anytime in the train stations! They roam the station, board the train, jostle you, offer to help lift bags, and work ticket kiosks. DO NOT let them near you.  The teams of two men and a woman with baby in blanket work together or separately.

Rome/Fiumicino: The Leonardo Express is located right in the Fiumicino airport, as you exit baggage claim turn right and follow the train symbols for Treno.  Departures every half hour at 5 and 35 after the hour. Arrive at Roma/Termini a half hour later.  There is a ticket booth where you get on the Leonardo Express.  Open seating on the Leonardo Express.  To train schedules from Rome/Termini to Chiusi: http://www.trenitalia.com/ and click for"tutti e treni". You can click on "new request" for different times. The Leonardo Express arrives at about the middle track (bin) of Termini station.  Exit the train and you will walk  along the track towards the front of Termini Station.   Arriving at the big open space with small snack bar and the overhead reader boards for the schedules, look for the signs to "Biglietti" just past the small snack bar.  There are automatic kiosks where you can purchase tickets. And there is a large ticket office where you can get good service. It is fairly self evident how to use the ticket kiosks. Just take your time, request "English" and you can use a credit card. The destination is Chiusi-Chianciano. You can just request "next train".  Tickets must be validated prior to boarding the train (by inserting the ticket into the small stamping machines in the terminal), otherwise an on the spot fine is reliably served. There is assigned seating, so look on your ticket, reading left to right: Train (Treno) number,  Car (Carrozza)  number, and Seat (Posti) number. Each carrozza has a number and you enter on the correct number car as you walk along the Track (Bin). Watch the screens in the center of the terminal to see which track (Bin) your train number is on.  Board on the number car of your ticket.

Florence Peretola/Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci: is located 4 km from the center of Florence. A taxi can make the trip in 15 minutes, and the Bus between the airport and Santa Maria Novella railway station takes 20 minutes. At Santa Maria Novella you can transfer to train to Chiusi station. Tickets must be validated prior to boarding the train (by inserting the ticket into the small stamping machines in the terminal), otherwise an on the spot fine is reliably served.  Search engine: http://www.trenitalia.com/ and click  tutti i treni.

Pisa: If you are coming into Florence from an international destination, you are probably using Galileo Galilei airport, closer to Pisa. The Volainubus Airport Shuttle connects the Airport to downtown Florence. Tickets are purchased on board and cost 4.50 Euro in 2007. Easier by train: Galileo Galilei  also has direct and inexpensive train services to Florence. Florence Train Station: Stazione Santa Maria Novella Firenze (look for signs announcing "Firenze SMN"). The train line provides shuttle runs between the airport and the final station which is Florence city terminal. Tickets are available in the airport and must be validated prior to boarding the train (by inserting the ticket into the small stamping machines on the terminal), otherwise an on the spot fine is reliably served. Transfer to train to Chiusi: following directions in Florence info above.

Perugia/Sant’Egidio: Shuttle into Perugia is by bus only and then by train to Chiusi.  It is easiest and best to arrange taxi or rent auto at airport, or contact our driver for transfer, Gianni Lippi at ligian@libero.it

A WORD FROM OUR GUESTS

  • I don't know if I am a poetic enough writer to do justice writing about this property. Not only is there beauty to the eye in the unique, historical building, in the gorgeous views, and in the sweet village, there is also beauty for the soul in all of these elements. An experience like this is my favorite way to travel: some days my family took day trips to local sites and played tourist; other days we hung around the village, being a part of everyday community life. For the owners of this property, Colleen and Tom, this endeavor is so much more than a business; it is a passion of the heart that is evident in every detail, large and small. They are completely accessible by email, phone, or in person to share their joy and knowledge of the region, the people, and each and every logistical question you can throw their way. I traveled here with my husband and 6-year-old son, and we all found something to enjoy, and we all wished we could stay much, much longer than we were able. I can't imagine not visiting here again.

  • Wonderful accommodation in a working village with REAL Italians and few tourists. A great place to get the feel of the true Umbria away from the tourist spots. Lovely hill top villages to explore when you have had enough of lazing in/by the pool admiring the gorgeous view. No need to cook either as there are a couple of great places to eat in the village. The meat from the village butcher may just tempt you to barbeque on the terrace though as it is superb quality. Colleen and Tom couldn't be kinder and are always around in an unobtrusive way to help with queries. You won't go wrong staying with them!

  • We have been singing praises to everyone who will listen on this side of the Atlantic about our visit to L’Antica Vetreria.  We had a wonderful time in Piegaro and before we even returned to Fiumicino Airport everyone was saying that that they wanted to come back for another visit.   Our stay with you is going down as one of those fantastic vacations that will survive in family lore for many years...and generations... to come. It is a trip that our three granddaughters will be telling their children.

    My wife tells me that whenever she wants to relax, she mentally takes a tour through Piegaro. The butcher, the grocer, Luca’s wonderful meals and pasta sauce, the daily meetings of “the ladies of the Piazza,” Papina's weaving of palm fronds around wine bottles, our stunning tour of the eco-winery Castello Monte Vibiano - followed by lunch at the little family restaurant “down the road” among the farms that we would never have found without Tom’s guidance, Colleen’s fabulous tour of Assisi …and, not to be forgotten, karaoke night in the Piazza. Who knew that a village karaoke night could be so much fun. All of these things stand out in minds, but most of all we remember the warm embrace of the people of Piegaro and warm welcome and assistance that Colleen and Tom gave us throughout our time at the Villa. We all wish that we could hit restart and discover it all over again.

  • A friend and I were travelling throughout Europe this summer and our last week was booked at L'antica Vetreria in Piegaro. We fell in love with L'Antica and the lovely, quiet village. It was the perfect place to spend our last week relaxing and enjoying this beautiful area of Umbria and Tuscany. The owner, Colleen, gave us tours to nearby villages and places of interest that we would never have gone on our own. We also visited some of the more well known tourist towns but the charm was in the places not well known to the tourists. Her knowledge of the area, the culture, people and history made our stay very special. Our room was completely furnished so we shopped at the local stores and cooked several meals in but also favored the local eating establishments that had fantastic food. You must try the Pizza Colleen at Juni's restaurant...I'm sure I'll never have one as good until I can return there. We had a beautiful view from our apartment il Nido of the and valley below and the village square is just a few steps from the entrance. Colleen gave pasta making classes one day to guests which was great fun and the glass factory offered etching classes and we each brought home a treasured piece.. I can't wait to go back. It's not just a place to stay, but Colleen has endeared herself to the local people and because of that, they make you feel welcome and embrace you as part of the village. A great stay, don't miss it.
    Iris Matthewson

  • Thanks, Colleen and Tom, for renovating this lovely building in the charming town of Piegaro. It had everything we were looking for - a pool, a beautiful setting in a lovely town (with groceries and restaurants), and lodgings that are luxurious by European standards. Easily accessible from the Autostrada and within an hour to Orvieto, Siena and Florence, it made a great base for our exploring. I just wish we could have stayed longer!
     

  • It's been a year since we've been there, but the sense memories are so vivid...it feels like a week. Colleen and Tom have created a retreat that's elegant and serene. Twenty times a day we'd witness something so simple and beautiful that we'd stop what we were doing and stare: The view of the valley, the clouds, the town, the birds, the 1000 year old interiors. This is the kind of place that when you're telling your friends about it, you'll say: "Go. Trust us. Just go. Stay as long as you can.

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