Practical info and useful numbers
Sports and Leisure Activities
For information on current art exhibits, book readings, food and other cultural events, or lodging in town students can refer to the Tourist Information Office on Piazzale Trieste or call 0761.436371. Tickets and listings of nearly all upcoming performances at the Il Rivellino Theatre in Piazza Basile are available at the theatre or by calling 0761.445099.
There is a good selection of sports facilities in Tuscania and its surrounding area, among them public swimming pools and thermal spas. An open-air swimming pool is open from May to September on Viale Trieste. Students who want to relax and experience Italy’s hot baths and spa culture, can go to nearby thermal spa complexes: the Terme dei Papi in Viterbo (Strada Bagni 12, tel. 0761.3501), Bagnaccio, and the world-famous Terme di Saturnia, which boasts free outdoor and indoor baths, as well as a spa complex that is accessible for a fee (for more information see www.termedisaturnia.it/en/).
Tuscania’s main sports complex is located in via dell’ Olivo and it features facilities for sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, and more. Other leisure activities offered in town include horseback riding, walking excursions, and cycling trips. Student Advisors are available for more details on these services.
LdM Tuscania also provides a variety of ways for students to get involved in the LdM and local communities by volunteering or working for one of the town’s many charities and community service associations. Voluntary activities include teaching English at the local Elementary School or Kindergarden, helping the staff of the town library or giving assistance to the elderly (in some cases knowledge of Italian language is required). These activities are a great way to experience the local culture, make new friends and become an integral part of the city.
Tuscania is small enough to walk around and there are buses that go to nearby towns and cities. Students are strongly discouraged from renting cars or motorbikes.
Provincial and Regional Buses
The regional bus company in Lazio is called COTRAL and has blue coach buses for destinations like the beach-town of Tarquinia, the town of Marta (on Lake Bolsena) and the town of Montalto, as well as the cities of Viterbo and Rome. The coach bus service is the least expensive way to get around. Most buses run from the early morning (about 6:00 a.m.) to the late afternoon/early evening (6:00-7:00 p.m.). For bus routes, schedules and other information, see www.cotralspa.it; ph. 06.72051, or toll free number at 800.174471. Bus ticket prices vary; it costs about €2 to go to Tarquinia or Viterbo, BIRG ticket €12 to go to Rome (round trip). Purchase COTRAL tickets at local tobacconists shops or newsstands before getting on the bus.
There are no taxis in Tuscania, but there are private drivers. There is a taxi service in Viterbo, which may be expensive (approximately €27 for a taxi ride from Viterbo to Tuscania). Taxis can be found at the taxi stand; students can also call 0761.340777 and tell the operator where they are and the taxi will arrive in Tuscania in 20 minutes. When getting into a cab, the meter already shows an initial amount depending on the distance the taxi covered to arrive at the pick-up point. Rates vary depending on the time of day and how many pieces of luggage the passenger may have. No checks or credit card are accepted for payment. Unlike in some other countries, tips to taxi drivers are not required in Italy.
Although it is more expensive than taking the coach bus, the train is the fastest way to get to Rome and Florence. Get to Roma Termini railway station by taking the bus to Tarquinia, where you can catch the train to Rome. To get to Roma Ostiense train and metro station, you can take the train from Viterbo. Reach Florence by catching the bus to Viterbo and then the train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station. From Rome and Florence, you can take the high-speed train to major Italian and European cities. All trains are operated by Italy’s state railway service, Trenitalia. The website is well-organized and also available in English. Bookings and payments can be done easily online with a credit card. A free mobile app is even available (ProntoTreno) that makes scheduling and booking a snap. Real-time train arrival and departure information is also available. For more information, see www.trenitalia.com or call 892.021 (without any code, but not from cell phones). Private speed trains are also available at competitive prices see www.italotreno.it.
Getting to the Rome Fiumicino International airport “Leonardo da Vinci”
Reach Roma Termini Railway station and take the train shuttle “Leonardo Express.” It takes 40 minutes to get to the airport and it costs about €14.
Getting to Ciampino Airport
Reach Roma Termini Railway station and take the Atral bus to Ciampino Airport. The ride takes about 40 minutes in normal traffic. The ticket costs € 3,90 and can be purchased on board.
Getting to the Florence Airport
Reach Florence by train from Orte railway station (about 45 km from Tuscania). There are two options to get from Florence city center to the airport: the airport shuttle or a taxi. The airport shuttle leaves from the SITA bus station and the ride takes about 25 minutes in normal traffic. The ticket costs €5 and can be purchased on board. Taxis can be reserved the day before by calling 055.4390 or they can be found at the taxi stand outside of the Santa Maria Novella train station; the ride takes approximately 20-25 minutes in normal traffic and the cost is a €20 fixed rate (plus the telephone reservation and baggage fees).
Rome Airport – Fiumicino Flight information 06.65951
Rome Airport – Fiumicino Baggage Assistance 06.65954252
Florence Airport – switchboard 055.3061300
Florence Airport Lost Luggage 055.3061302
Trenitalia (national railway information) 892.021
Tuscania Tourist Office (Piazzale Trieste) 0761.436371
Tuscania Town Hall (Piazza Basile) 0761.443374
Carabinieri (local police) 112
Police Emergency 113
Fire Station 115
Ambulance – First Aid 118
Embassies in Rome
Brazil – Piazza Navona 14 06.683981
Canada – Via Zara, 4 06.854441
China – Via Bruxelles, 56 06.8413458
France – Piazza Farnese, 67 06.686011
Germany – Via San Martino della Battaglia, 4 06.492131
India – Via XX Settembre, 5 06.4884642
Mexico – Via Spallanzani, 16 06.441151
Netherlands – Via della Camilluccia,701 06.367671
Russia – Via Gaeta, 5 06.4941680
Spain – Largo Fontanella di Borghese 19 06.6840401
Sweden – Piazza Rio de Janeiro, 3 06.441941
Turkey – Via Palerstro, 28 06.44594200
United Kingdom – Via XX Settembre 80/A 06.42200001
USA – Via Vittorio Veneto 121 06.46741
If the embassy of your country is not listed above, please contact the Student Advisor Office. Students from the USA must remember to register their stay in Italy with the US Embassy at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp.
www.comune.tuscania.vt.it (Italian) – official website of the city of Tuscania
www.cotralspa.it (Italian) – official website of Lazio’s bus company. To check routes, schedules, etc.
www.hostels.com (English) – to find/book hostels in Italy and the rest of the world
www.hostelworld.com (English) – to find/book hostels in Italy and the rest of the world
www.cts.it (Italian only) – website of the Student Travel Agency. Good fares for students under 26!
www.boxol.it (Italian and English) – to check about events, concerts, operas, and more throughout Italy. It is possible to buy tickets online.
www.raileurope.com (English) – all the info on Eurail Passes
www.paginegialle.it (Italian only) – Italian Yellow Pages
www.paginebianche.it (Italian only) – phone book of any city in Italy
www.ldmnews.it (English) – for news and events in Florence and at LdM
www.ansa.it (English and Italian) – for breaking news in Italy
www.lega-calcio.it/ita/atim.shtml (official website of Italian soccer) – to check Italian teams’ games, results, dates, etc.
www.eurometeo.com (Italian and English) – for weather forecasts in Italy and the rest of Europe
maps.google.com – customized directions, including walking paths and bus stops, are often included in beta version.