We are about to book our trains on the Trenitalia. We are looking at booking in the economy range, but are unsure about whether to go first or second class. Our main concern about the two different classes is Gypsies and getting our stuff stolen. We can afford first class if that will be safer in terms of not getting our stuff stolen. In particular we are concerned about our luggage getting stolen.
We looked at the information on the site and it says there is a 95cm (First class) vs 90cm (second class) distance between seats. First class also gets a welcome drink with snacks, hot or cold beverages and newspapers in the morning - Bar to bistro service.
5cm extra distance between seats doesn't seem that much for the extra money. We are unsure whether we need the welcome drink and snacks either and hot or cold drinks. We probably won't be reading the newspapers as they will probably all be in Italian.
It seems to me from the information I have that you will be no safer in terms of gypsies whether you go first or second class economy. One thing I can deduce is that going in the seating that is higher in price may be less affordable for the gypsies meaning they are less likely to be in the more expensive areas such as firstclass economy or even stepping up to second and first class Base.
Any advice you all have would be much appreciated.
I look forward to all your responses.