Completely Clueless - Italy Rail Pass
Also, do I have to book ahead for a train, or can I just go to the rail station on the day of travel and book a ticket?
please & many thanks.
In theory, you should be able to hop on and off regional trains (those that don't require reservations) like the Turino to Reggio line. The only trains that you'll need a reservation for are the Eurostar lines (some of which are "high speed") and those few regionals that require seat reservations.
Other than that, you should be ok.
That said, it's been nearly ten years since I used a rail pass, much less an Italian one, and some procedures may have changed. JessieS or one of the BnA rail pass gurus should be able to give you more up-to-date and specific information.
In Italy, you can just go up to the automated ticket booths, choose your language (if you donta speaka dee italian), find your destination, throw some Euros in the machine, and your ticket will be printed out right there. You can even do it with Eurostar trains requiring seat reservations. It's easy. And the only thing left to do is validate the ticket in one of the yellow stamp machines next to the trains before you get on.
This, I think, will be less hassle for you than trying to figure out which trains require seat reservations and which don't, which one will have a helpful train conductor willing to be nice about a Eurail pass holder without a reservation, etc.
Either way, don't worry about it. It's Italy.
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