I will be in Italy for 2 weeks in June (arriving in Venice but also going to Florence and Rome) and I need a cellphone to be able to contact American relatives who will also be traveling in Italy during that time. I do not have a smartphone, and my regular Verizon cellphone is not GSM so can't be used internationally. Is there someplace in Venice where I can buy an inexpensive disposable cellphone and prepaid minutes? If there is such a place and product, do you know if instructions in English are available?
As an alternative, can you recommend a reliable company for renting a phone for international use before I leave the US? I did this in the past for a trip to Israel, but that company only rented phones for Israel.