Ok... I have a complicated trip coming up. (or so says my Travel Agent) My family is coming to Italy for my daughter's Make A Wish wish... we are flying into Venice, spending a few days, and then going to Florence for a few days, and then finally to Rome. I have mentioned to the travel agent that EVERYONE agrees that it is cheaper and easier to buy train tickets when you arrive Italy. She is bound and determined to buy Italian Rail Passes for 2 train trips. Here is the confusing part... Make A Wish is only paying for my husband and I and my daughter. BUT, we are also bringing my husband's sons, and my mother. SO, we actually have 3 other train tickets to buy. If I go through my travel agent, the Italian travel passes are running about $250 per person!!! This price is RIDICULOUS!!! She will not budge. She says that her clients like to do it this way! SO... my question is: If she does this, can I be assured to get the same train and seats (near) by the ones she has already bought with these train passes? Won't we need to make seat reservations anyway with these passes? I do not want to pay these prices for the other 3 in my party. It just seems crazy when the prices are around 40 to 50 euros for the same trip.
Thanks so much!!!