We are traveling from Malpensa to Cinque Terre to florence to roma. Is it best to purchase point to point tickets or purchase a 1st class pass?
IMO, 2nd class is perfectly fine. But since you asked about 1st class, here is what you would pay for full fare 1st class point-to-point tickets: Milano Centrale - Genova Piazza Principe - Sestri Levante - Vernazza: €40.50. The Sestri Levante - Vernazza leg on a Regionale train is 2nd class only. Vernazza - La Spezia Centrale - Pisa Centrale - Firenze S. M. Novella: €13.90 (all legs on Regionale trains and 2nd class only). Firenze S. M. Novella - Roma Termini: €52 on a Freccia (high-speed) train. Arguments against a pass: 1. It won't be good on the Malpensa Express from the airport to Milano Centrale. 2. You will have to buy seat reservations for trains that require them (€3 for InterCity trains and €10 for high-speed trains). 3. A 3-day 1st class Saver Pass costs $252 (€188). You also would pay seat reservation fees of €3 for Milano - Genova, €3 for Genova - Sestri Levante, and €10 for Firenze - Roma. That brings your total cost to €204. Your total for full fare p2p tickets would be €106.40. That makes a pass nearly twice as expensive as full fare p2p tickets. 3. If you book Firenze-Roma well in advance (up to 120 days allowed) on trenitalia.com, you can get a Super Economy fare of €19 for 1st class on a high-speed train. 4. Regionale train tickets are very cheap. In Italy a pass only makes sense if most of your rides will require traveling long distances on high-speed trains and you don't want to commit in advance to specific departure dates and times which means you cannot take advantage of discount fares.