We are planing a trip to Italy in Sept-Oct..... we are planning to visit 4 cities over 10 days and will be travelling by train (in order) from 1) Florence to Vernazza 2) Vernazza to Venice 3) Venice to Como (catching a boat ferry to Varenna), and 4) Varenna back to Milan..... we have looked at Trenitalia.com and we see that every trip requires one or more transfers using Frecce and Regional trains. We know we can book online or at the station as we go, but we want to make sure we are smart about it. We are looking for advice and have 2 questions:
Question 1) given the number of trips that involve combos of Frecce and regional trains, and number of exchanges within each leg, should we go online a month before we go and buy all of our train tickets? OR shall we book all of them at once at the Florence station ticket window before our first trip from Florence to Vernazza? We understand you can buy as you go, but we also saw you need reservations for Frecce trains but do not want to run the risk of not getting a seat, so were seeking your advice on what is best.
QUESTION: Say you pre-purchase reserved seats for a trip that has 3 trains you need to catch (2 transfers), but what happens when the first train is delayed and you miss your transfer to the second reserved seat train and consequently the other following connections? As mentioned above. we want to travel from Vernazza to Venice (four trains) and want to but tickets online in advance but worry about what happens to our reservations/tickets when we miss trains due to delays. We look forward to hearing back from you! Thank you for your time!