Tip on Train Travel
Traveling to Italy? Train schedules are available (in English!) at this website. You can make reservations online and even receive a reminder message on your cell phone. In Italy, trains work somewhat on the honor system. You must purchase your ticket before you board. At the train stations, you need to find a little yellow (usually) machine to insert your ticket and have the date and time imprinted on it. Nobody will ask for your ticket when you get on the train. However, at some point during the trip, the controller comes through each car to inspect and punch your ticket. Better have it!