I am in Italy the 2nd half of September. Should I splurge for 1st class, or is 2nd class good enough? I think in the guidebook, Rick says he typically goes 1st class in Italy.
Also, for purchasing the actual tickets in advance (point to point), do I just get them when I arrive in Italy? How hard is it to get the times you want if you book only a few days ahead? (I'm going from Rome to Florence to Venice to Rome.) I keep trying the Trenitalia site and all the scheduled times aren't available for purchase. Maybe it's too early to book? When I try to check the prices online, the link seems to not work.