The trains were marvelous, and the train employees very nice and helpful. While my definition of speaking a "little Italian" means that I can ask and understand directions, comment on the weather, and order food - Italians seem to define a "little English" as being unable to fully conjugate every verb - in other words, nearly everyone I talked to spoke English very well. I found that if the person said they didn’t speak English, when I tried to speak Italian, it would turn out that they did. (I don’t know if it was due to gratitude that I tried to speak their language or in horror at what I was doing to it!) I had no problems getting money from the Bancomats using my Mastercard.