My wife and I arrive at the Venice airport about noon October 10 and leave on a ship the late afternoon of October 17. Our visit centers around things associated with the Latin poet Catullus in Verona and Sirmio. We are interested also in other attractions reachable in that time, such as Venice itself, possibly even a Dolomite, or other sites or cities easily reached by car or train. I have rented and driven recently in Italy. Good trains are fine if they go exactly where we want.
We need info on trains, possible car rentals, hotels, traveler's checks, ATMs, and where and how best to experience Sirmio, Lake Garda and Verona, or beyond.
We like good Italian food, fine art, and not climbing much. We are both slightly over 65. Our budget is neither modest, nor ample: if something is well worth it, we will consider it, but we often conserve resources. Hotels need to be clean. We are refreshing our Italian language skills, but one of us now speaks it moderately well (30%-40%), and the other learns rapidly.