Don't know whether you Hounds know about this website -igouog.com. Along wiht all you hounds, this website has been an incredible help in planning our trip to Italy.
I cannot conceive of doing what I've been able to do without the use of the Internet. Its really incredible - bus schedules, train schedules, advice on ATM machines, restaurants, menus, etc. We've also found, so far at least, that the hotel personnel are more than willing to help with affirming restaurant choices, making reservations for you, etc.