We’ve been receiving several requests about the Italian train system. Questions like ‘How do I make a reservation?’, ‘What types of trains are there?’, ‘Can kids travel for free?’, and more…
So we decided to extract the Trains chapter from our eBook and transform it into a mini-eBook on its own. It’s FREE for you to enjoy, print it out and/or pass it along to your friends. We’re quite sure that if you’ll like this chapter, you’ll probably like our full eBook too.
Did you ever need to do a quick word translation or a simple currency conversion? Google has been offering for some time a few useful extensions to its Search engine that may just be what you need. Google language tools lets you translate text or entire Web pages in 9 different languages. I tried English to Italian and the results are good for single words, but fairly inaccurate for entire sentences.
The Currency Conversion feature performs quite well. Check out how much is ‘1 Euro in USD‘ at today’s exchange rate. These services are also available via SMS using your US cell phone.
In my recent trip to Italy, I’ve noticed that municipalities of small towns have been adopting a new way to collect parking fees. Instead of using traditional parking meters, drivers can purchase pre-paid parking permits sold in coffee shops and newsstands. How does it work? Just scratch the date and time of arrival, put the permit on your dashboard and come back in time before the Vigili Urbani give you a ticket. The average parking fee is around $0.60 per hour.