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Should I buy Trenitalia tickets ahead of time for my parents?

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It has been 10 years since I stepped foot in Italy, but it seems like not much has improved in terms of the "ease" of booking via Trenitalia, then and now.

My parents have a simple itinerary:
1-way from Verona to Padova (stop over for a few hrs), then
1-way from Padova to Venice

Looking on Trenitalia website, there are frequent Regional (slower) trains that one cannot reserve in advance, and there are also Frecciabianca trains that one CAN buy in advance.

My parents, in their 70s and 80s, would prefer to have tickets in hand ahead of time, so they don't have to stand in line to buy tickets at the station (and avoid problems with language etc). It seems like I should just go ahead and buy them tickets on the Frecciabianca trains then? How difficult it is in terms of registering with Trenitalia and getting those tickets printed in advance?

Another question I have is regarding the advanced tickets. According to the websites below, it seems like
http://www.trenitalia.com/cms-file/html/frecciarossa_en/Info_Tariffe_en_LeFrecce.html#BASE
http://www.trenitalia.com/cms-file/html/frecciarossa_en/Info_Tariffe_en_LeFrecce.html#ECONOMY

Even if I buy them the BASE (full price) tickets, if they want to take a different train than the one I booked them on, they still need to go have their tickets exchanged before they can board the train? I am so used to buying Germany rail tickets via DB, where one can buy full priced tickets and you can pretty much take whichever train you want without any need for change nor penalty. Am I reading the instructions correctly?

If they have to exchange tickets even with the BASE tickets, I might as well just buy them economy tickets and have them stick to the train schedule/itinerary.

Your thoughts?

P.S. Based on older posts, it sounds like there IS left luggage service at Padova train station. Can anyone confirm?

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