Is there Parking at Casa Spello?

Tips for Driving in Italy

What are the apartments' amenities?

What about phone service?

Can I use my cell phone?

Can I go to Florence / Rome for the day?

How do I find train schedules?

Can I purchase train tickets online?

Is there Parking at the Spello train station?

Is there a swimming pool?

Other tips / what to bring?


Is there Parking at Casa Spello?

Spello is a medieval town, and as with all medieval towns, parking can be an issue. It is not as bad in Spello as it is in Spoleto and other villages, where you have to park way down the hill and enter the village by foot.

In Spello, you can park in the Piazza della Repubblica, which is only a few minutes' walk from Casa Spello, and pay 60 cents per hour. This is paid parking from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 8 pm. It is free parking from 8 pm until 9 am the following morning. So, if you pump the meter at 8 pm for two hours, you are good until the following morning 11 am. You will get a receipt from a nearby machine, and you place this receipt on your dashboard, which clearly shows the time it will expire.

However, only a few meters away from the Piazza, outside the city wall there is free parking all day and all night. This is where most of our guests park. When you meet our key holder, she will show you where to park.

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Tips for Driving in Italy

Go to this link for About.com - Driving in Italy to find some useful tips on driving in Italy.

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What are the apartments' amenities?

(All the following items pertain to each unit, unless otherwise noted.)

  • air-conditioning and heat
  • free high-speed, wireless & wired internet
  • dishwasher and washing machine (unit #4 Cleopatra has no dishwasher)
  • fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop and oven (unit #4 Cleopatra has no oven), cooking utensils and dishes
  • microwave (except in unit #2 Tiberius)
  • espresso stove-top coffee maker (and very nearby cappucino/coffee bar!)
  • iron and ironing board
  • hairdryer
  • TV with cable (except in unit #4 Cleopatra); but no DVD players
  • radio and cd player
  • large binder filled with owners' recommendations, local information
  • travel books for your reference
  • nearby swimming/thermal pools available (see "Swimming" section below for more info)

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What about phone service?

There is no telephone available at the house, but there is a public telephone in the Piazza, and telephone cards are 5 euros for 180 minutes to call the U.S. (We recommend that guests download Skype on their laptops before arriving in Spello; it is only $.03 per minute to call someone on Skype or free if you use their video-conferencing!) Please see the section below on how to use your cell phone.

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Can I use my cell phone?

Maybe. To use your cell phone in Italy, you need to find out from your provider whether your phone is blocked by your provider, and whether you can get a SIM card when you get to Italy and insert it into your cell phone. We have had many guests who have done this successfully, but we cannot guarantee it for all cell phones.

Alternatively, you can purchase an EDICARD, which is a tel card that allows you to call outside of Italy; about 180 minutes for a 5 euro card. You can use this card from any public telephone and/or any landline free of charge once you dial the access code given on the card.

Another option is to download Skype onto your laptop. This is what many of our guests do, including the owners. (see also "what about Phone service?" above.)

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Can I go to Florence / Rome for the day?

There are regular trains which go to both Rome and Florence. The ride for either takes approximately two hours. The train station in Spello is located at a 5 minute's drive from Casa Spello or a 15 minute downhill walk from Casa Spello.

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How do I find train schedules?

Go to this link for TrenItalia to find out about train schedules.

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Can I purchase train tickets online?

I have never been able to purchase tickets online, and there are ticket machines in most of the big train stations. The Spello train station, however, does not have a ticket selling machine, so you need to buy the train ticket elsewhere. Two places in Spello that sell train tickets are the newspaper vendor across the street from the only gas station in Spello, and the tobacco store next to Bar Consolare in Piazza Kennedy. Both of these places are open daily, but it's recommended to purchase your ticket a day before your trip.

Getting on a train without a ticket will mean a fine of 50 euros. You also need to stamp your ticket at the yellow stamping machine in the station before you board the train.

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Is there Parking at the Spello train station?

Yes, you may leave your car parked at the Spello train station while you are gone for the day. Parking there is free.

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Is there a swimming pool?

There are several choices available for swimming / thermal pools / boating:

  • Thermal Pools and more - TERME FRANCESCANE
    There is a spa called Terme Francescane, just a 10 minutes drive from our house. Guests can go in with a day pass and use all the pools and facilities. (It has thermal pools, as well.) Their website is here (Terme Francescane).
  • Spello Public Pool
    There is a public pool in Spello which costs about 5 euros per person. It is near the soccer (football) field.
  • Lago Trasimeno
    There is a wondeful lake for boating and swimming called Lago Trasimeno, about 45 minutes from Spello by car. A fantastic lake to circumnavigate, all the while exploring beaches and villages dotting the shoreline. You may also tour the mysterious ruins of a medieval castle, Castello del Lago, visible from many parts of the lake. A beautiful and fun place to take the kids in the summer.

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Other tips / what to bring?

  • It is helpful to bring a converter for electrical products.
  • Bring good walking shoes. Spello is a medieval town with cobblestone streets, and you will need non-slippery, comfortable shoes to walk in.
  • In summer, bring sunscreen, hats and mosquito repellent. When you dine al fresco (most restaurants serve outside), mosquitoes are ever-present.

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