Rome-Assisi-Florence-Venice

From Rome, I want to visit Assisi, Florence and Venice. We plan to to this as day trips in 3 days total. Can I buy the 3 day rail super saver pass for $ 169.00 each person? Do I need to make reservations for these trips even though I have a rail pass? Please help. Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 22, 2015 16:16
    Thank you for your question, Francis.

    The Eurail Italy Pass does cover trains on these routes. The number of days you choose to purchase your pass for would depend on your specific itinerary. The Eurail Italy Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a longer time frame (that time frame being 1 month in the case of the Eurail Italy Pass).

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using a pass for train travel. A travel day is a 24 hour time period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during a 24 hour time frame and still only use one 'travel day' on your pass. For instance, if you were to take a train from 'City A' to 'City B' and then take a connecting train to 'City C' later on in the same day, it would use up only 1 day of travel on your pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'City C' on the next day instead, it would use up 2 days of travel on your pass. Based on this, you would determine how many days to purchase your pass for.

    In Italy, any Le Frecce trains (trains labeled as 'Frecciarossa', 'Frecciargento', or 'Frecciabianca' on our site) and 'InterCity' would require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    In contrast, any regional trains (which include trains labeled as 'Regionale Veloce' or 'Regionale' on our site) do not even accept reservations. Since reservations aren't accepted on Regionale Veloce and Regionale trains, the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted.

    For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for any of the non-reservable trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass.

    Rome to Assisi is an example of a route where you will see mostly regional trains that won't accept reservations. Additionally, trains between Assisi and Florence are all regional trains that don't accept reservations.

    Florence to Venice, Rome to Florence, and Rome to Venice are examples of routes that you will see mostly Le Frecce trains (and some InterCity) that will all require reservations in addition to a rail pass.

    Generally, Le Frecce and InterCity trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching a route on our site.

    It would just be important to note that any train labeled 'Italo' would not be covered by a rail pass. Italo trains are found on the routes between Rome, Florence, and Venice, with regard to your itinerary. Therefore, you would just use your pass to take one of the Le Frecce or InterCity trains that operate on these same routes and purchase the necessary reservations. To take an actual Italo train, you would have to purchase regular point-to-point tickets, which you would do by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, entering the route, and not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you're prompted.
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  • Thank you Jeff for your through explanation on how to use the rail pass vs. the point to point tickets.

    I just have a follow up question. For those that require a reservation even though you already have a rail pass, from what I gather, we would need to purchase a reservation. How much is it to reserve a seat? If this depends on where we are travelling, as an example, can you tell us how much we have to pay from Rome to Venice?

    Very grateful for your time and patience in educating us.

    Sincerely,
    Francis
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 23, 2015 21:14
    Yes, reservations are an additional cost to the rail pass. For travel with a pass, you would check reservation costs by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted.

    Generally, the Le Frecce (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, or Frecciabianca trains) and InterCity trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching a route on our site.
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