I'm in Umbertide, settling in. I took the direct train from Rome where I couldn't find the full information online, so here I feel like giving the skinny. For the train from Rome to Umbertide leaving at 12.30, the Trenitalia site shows two changes, but the Ferrovia Centrale Umbra www.fcu.it
shows it as a direct train running Monday through Friday. The ticketing machines at Termini wouldn't sell the tickets, I went to the line for more complicated tickets and the agent said he couldn't sell it, I said there's a direct train and he went back to find out. The story was I just bought a ticket to Terni, on the Trenitalia line, then when it moves to the FCU line the conductor sells the ticket for that segment with no surcharge.
It leaves from track 1, so a waiting room is right next to that, and just shows a destination of Perugia S. Anna, but it does in fact continue north of there, I found out when I bought the ticket from the FCU conductor. So the most interesting parts of the schedule are: leaves Roma Termini 12.30, Roma Tiburtina 12.38, arrives Todi Ponte Rio 14.19, Perugia S. Anna 15.00, Umbertide 16.09, Città di Castello 16.33, Sansepolcro 16.51. Roma Tiburtina is useful if connecting from the airport or if you're staying convenient to Ostiense or Trastevere stations. On Friday the train was sparsely occupied. S. Anna is arguably a better station to arrive than Fontivegge, known simply as Perugia on the Trenitalia site. S. Anna is more central and offers a more scenic rail approach but has fewer services. I would submit that this is better than the direct Trenitalia regionale leaving Rome 12.14, arriving Perugia Fontivegge at 14.50. So let me try to give numbered instructions, GAC-style, although I may be forgetting something.
If taking this train, leaving Roma Termini at 12.30
1. At Termini, buy a ticket to Terni (€5.73) from the self-service machines or newsstand. This train does not take reservations.
2. Go to track 1, the destination is marked Perugia S. Anna; if the train isn't open yet, you may sit in the waiting room. Validate the ticket in the yellow machine.
3. Board the train. This is modern comfortable train stock.
4. After Terni, an FCU conductor will come around; tell him/her your destination and he/she will sell you a ticket: €4.30 to Umbertide.
5. It takes extra time around Perugia if you're going farther north. After going to Perugia S. Anna, it goes back to Ponte S. Giovanni, where it's already been; don't be alarmed at that.
For the return, the direct train leaves Umbertide at 6.40 a.m., but you can also leave at 7.02 and connect to that train at Ponte S. Giovanni at 7.45, arriving Rome 10.10. I suspect that the FCU ticket agent would be able to sell a ticket for the Trenitalia segment, but I'm not sure of that. On the FCU train, one validates the ticket on the train, not the platform.
So, it's a useful train that you don't find on the Trenitalia site. For that region, there's also the bus line showing at www.sulga.it
, some of the Todi buses go to the center of town while the train station is in the valley below.