Venice and its lagoon - Water Bus Schedule www.actv.it (choose English option)
International Drivers License Information:
Although many countries do not recognize U.S. driver's licenses, most countries accept an international driving permit (IDP). IDPs are honored in more than 150 countries outside the U.S. (See AAA’s application form for the list of countries. They function as an official translation of a U.S. driver's license into 10 foreign languages. These licenses are not intended to replace valid U.S. state licenses and should only be used as a supplement to a valid license. IDPs are not valid in an individual’s country of residence. DRIVING TIPS---RULES OF THE ROAD Getting by on Italy's roads—probably the most dangerous in Western Europe—is less a matter of etiquette than of patience and contained aggression. It helps to know a few things when navigating them, either as a driver or as a pedestrian 1. Don't drive too slowly on highways or leave too much space between your car and the one in front, or you'll get honked at or passed. There are speed limits here, but they aren't taken seriously. 2. You'll see cars parked in no-parking zones that don't get ticketed, but don't assume it's a free-for-all. In most cities, it takes a local to know where to park illegally without consequences. If you're having trouble deciphering the parking regulations, ask someone who lives there. 3. Try to avoid driving on Friday and Saturday nights—by far the worst time for traffic and pedestrians. 4. Crosswalks are not like those in the Midwest—or even in New York (indeed, a number of crosswalks have been phased out in Rome and Milan because they're so often ignored). Even if a car stops to let you go, watch the other lanes, since cars will often speed around a stopped vehicle. 5. The farther south you go, the worse it gets. Naples is bad, and Sicily is notorious. One famous newspaper story told of an old man in Naples being beaten by other motorists because he had blocked their lane by stopping his car—for a red light. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1179.html
US Government Info - Here is the complete angle from the United States Government
The most common method obtaining an International Driver's License - Before you travel the world, travel to any AAA office for your International Driving Permit.
Our blog volareinitalia.blogspot.com contains a wealth of information for traveling in Italy. Take some time to read about the different areas as it will help you plan where you want to go and what you might like to see or "experience" when you visit this marvelous country!
Cookbooks di Italia:
List of cookbooks to consider before or after your Italy trip
Cooking Secrets of a Tuscan Family - Cookbook from Rosa dei Venti
Misc. - Cultural options - language, travel, etc:
Are you on your honeymoon? - Ask us about setting up a bridal registry for your trip
VAT Tax - VAT refund for purchases made in Italy by EU non-resident subjects
Your flight excercise routine - Deep Vein Thrombosis while traveling on long