2 Students Traveling Europe/Italy mostly for 2 months

we are 2 students traveling Oct. 16 , 2016 to Rome, Returning to Boston on DEC 17 about 2 months. I have talked to a live agent on the telephone but need additional info. - We want to go to a lot of places in Italy as well as a couple of other countries. Is is possible to get a Pass that we could pay ahead and be able to use it to travel anywhere without worry? Would we have to pay seperatly each day/train on top of what is already paid for?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 22, 2016 18:35
    Hi Peg,

    Yes, rail passes are an option. What to purchase for your travels, however, would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. For travel in Italy, you might consider purchasing a Eurail Italy Pass instead of regular tickets. For information on the Eurail Italy Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Italy, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many of your trips there. Specifically, with regard to travel in Italy, reservations would be required on all 'Le Frecce' (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca) and 'InterCity' trains.

    Note: If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass').

    On certain main routes in Italy, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains. Italo trains are privately operated and would not be covered by any rail pass. Therefore, to take an Italo train, you would have to purchase a regular ticket. Since Italo trains are not covered by rail passes, you would want to skip over these options when you go to book reservations for a route on our website.
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