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Normandy France to Rome Italy

This is my itinerary and I'd like to travel all this by train. Any ideas for best train companies to use and prices? Should I book online or wait until a day or two before departing for each city? This will all take place from July 8-17 . Any suggestions are very much appreciated.
(note - I don't think it would pay to get a railpass, thoughts?)

Paris to Bayeux
Bayeux to Lyon
Lyon to Montevarchi Terranova, Italy
Montevarchi to Rome, Italy

Posted by
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I believe you will pay a great deal of extra money for those tickets if you wait until you are in Europe to buy them.

I don't really think there is a "best" train company to use; it's more a matter of the schedules. With the stop-over points you have defined, there may not be a great deal of choice about train routes.

I like to use the Deutsche Bahn website to examine rail schedules. It's easy to see where you'll need to change trains, what towns you'll travel through on each departure, etc. It will not, however, give you the fares for French or Italian trains. For the money end of things you can either check the SNCF and Trenitalia websites, or you can use, which I believe sells tickets for trains in both countries.

To see the price penalty for waiting until July to buy your tickets, price out your travel legs for departure tomorrow and again for a date as far out as each website allows. The difference is the penalty for delaying your purchases.

Edited to add: It appears that the Lyon-Montevarchi Terranova travel leg is going to take you at least 8 hr. 17 min.

Posted by
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Thanks so much for your insight on this!

Posted by
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"All roads lead to Rome" "(nearly) all rail lines in France lead to Paris".
To get from Bayeux to Lyon you will need to go via Paris, which will involve two different stations in Paris (Gare St Lazare and Gare de Lyon)