We are going to Italy in June/July. We purchased eurail select saver passes for 5 days of travel. I understand now that on most of the trains you need reservations which cost an additional amount. Since we are traveling in the busy summer months how far in advance do we need to make reservations? Can I wait until we arrive in Rome and go the first day and make all our reservations then? I'm kind of bummed I bought the passes now, because from what I'm reading, the point to point may have been cheaper bought in Italy. From the Rail europe website it appeared that point to point was more expensive.
Yes, if you're going to be in Rome for a few days before using your railpass, just go to a station and make all your reservations there. Rail Europe's prices for point-to-point tickets are inflated. That's why a pass looks like a good deal; but for Italy point-point tickets bought there are generally cheaper than a pass, especially if you ride EuroStar Italia trains. Reservations for passholders are more expensive on those trains than on others in Italy for which reservations are required. No reservations are required--or even possible--on regional trains.