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seat61: what counts as a "long-distance" train ride? Reservations, Eurail

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I'm looking at seat61.com for advice of train travel in Europe. He keeps mentioning that "long-distance train rides" to, from and within France, Italy and Spain require seat reservations ahead of time, and these reservations cost an additional fee on top of your ticket.

I'm wondering, what exactly qualifies as a long-distance train ride?

So here is the deal: I will be making the following train trips during my trip this summer:

Paris to Nice (night train; we already plan to reserve a couchette)

Nice to Cinque Terre (La Spezia I think)

CT to Florence

Florence to Venice

Venice to Austria (probably Attnang-Puchheim)

Do any or all of these qualify as as "long-distance"? Should I reserve ahead of time for any of them aside from Paris-Nice?

We intend to book a France-Italy Eurail Pass (which obviously won't apply to the trip from Italy to Austria). I thought my friend had already ordered them (paying for two people together gets you a bit of a deal), but she hasn't yet, so it is not set in stone. But basically, it will cost us $301 CAD each for four travel days within a month. Looking at the TGV calandar, it looks like a night train with couchette from Paris to Nice alone will will cost 242 euros (which seems really steep...), so it seems like a good deal to get the pass.

So with the pass, which train rides should we be making reservations for?

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