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Seat Reservations on trains in Italy? Rome-Florence-La Spezia-Bologna-Venice-Verona-Milan

I have rail passes (5 days in 2 months, saver passes, 2nd class) for clients who will be traveling in Italy. Do they need seat reservations for the following legs?
Rome to Florence on 7/7
Florence to La Spezia on 7/10
La Spezia to Venice on 7/12 (with a stop over in Bologna)
Venice to Verona to Venice on 7/14
Venice to Milan on 7/15

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 27, 2012 20:35
    Hi Carole,

    Trains from Rome to Florence require reservations.

    From Florence to La Spezia, there are direct regional trains that don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that is needed to board. Otherwise, the connection from Florence to La Spezia would involve changing trains once in Pisa along the way. Trains from Florence to Pisa are all regional trains that don't accept reservations. Most trains from Pisa to La Spezia are regional trains that don't accept reservations, but there are some trains from Pisa to La Spezia that will require reservations. You can distinguish the regional trains don't accept reservations from the trains that will require reservations by their train number. The non-reservable regional trains on this route will have a 4 digit train number that begins with a '3' or a 5 digit train number. The trains that require reservations on this route will have a 4 digit train number that begins with a '9' or a 3 digit train number.

    The most feasible rail connection from La Spezia to Bologna would involve changing trains once in Parma along the way. The trains from La Spezia to Parma are regional trains that don't accept reservations. The majority of trains from Parma to Bologna are also regional trains that don't accept reservations. The few trains from Parma to Bologna that will require reservations will have either a 4 digit train number that begins with a '9' or a 3 digit train number. All other trains from Parma to Bologna don't accept reservations.

    From Bologna to Venice, there are direct trains. Most trains from Bologna to Venice will require reservations, but there are some that are regional trains that don't accept reservations.

    There are also direct trains between Venice and Verona, most of which will require reservations.

    The trains from Bologna to Venice and the trains from Venice to Verona that will require reservations have a 4 digit train number that begins with a '9'. All other trains between these cities are regional trains that don't accept reservations.

    The trains from Venice to Milan are direct trains that will require reservations. These trains will have a 4 digit train number that begins with a '9'. However, there are a few regional trains per day from Venice to Milan that don't accept reservations. These regional trains have a 4 digit train number that begins with a '2'.

    You can just view schedules by entering the requested cities under 'Check Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. For the routes that involve a train change along the way, you may have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment of the trip in order to view all possible options. The regional trains on many of these routes might still not display. Therefore, if your client is interested in taking the regional trains on any of these routes, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600 to inquire about the schedules.

    To make your actual reservations for any of the reservable trains mentioned above, you would click on 'Reservations For Rail Pass Holders' or 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website. Reservable trains in Italy can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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