Saturday, February 12, 2011

Soriano To FCO And The Rome Airport Hilton Garden Inn

We said our goodbyes to the friendly employees at Palazzo Catalini and took one last walk down the steep hills to the bus stop.

For a change, the schedules seemed to be working in our favor today. Since it's Saturday, there are no buses between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. but that fitted right in with our schedule.

We caught the 11:00 a.m. bus, arrived at the Orte stazione about 11:45 a.m., giving us ample time to catch the train to Rome. A train that runs directly to the airport (taking about the same amount of total time however) left a few minutes earlier, but the ticket offices are closed weekends so we stuck with our original plan.

The Rome termini makes for an interesting transfer from the incoming train from Orte at binario (track) one or two, to the airport train at track 28. If we could simply walk across the tracks it wouldn't be more than a five-minute walk. However, since that is both illegal and extremely dangerous, we instead walked all the way to the enclosed station, no less than a quarter-mile. We then bought two tickets (15 Euros each!) and hiked back out almost the same distance to catch the next train. We managed to accomplish all that in about 35 minutes and the train pulled out for its forty-minute trip about five minutes after we boarded.

We got off the train, walked to Terminal 5, took the elevator down to the arrivals level, and found the hotel bus parking area to the right of the Emperor Armani building across the way without too much trouble.

A bored bus driver picked us up and transported us back to the hotel, about a ten-minute ride.

We're now sitting in our cozy and modern room and looking forward to a quiet evening and smooth flights in the morning FCO-IAD-DEN-SEA.

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