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I know that there are a variety of forum topics over the years that have touched upon some of my enquiries about train travel but I have been unable to get direct answers to the following questions and would thus appreciate any information or clarification that can be provided.
Just to put my questions in some perspective my wife and I are planning to fly to Paris in mid-September where we are booked for 9 days. This will be our 2nd visit to Paris and during our stay there we plan to take the Eurostar to London, leaving early on one day, staying overnight in London and returning to Paris on the last train the following day. We will then spend a couple of days in Paris and will then take the train from Paris to Rome via Milan. This is our 2nd visit to Rome as well and after 5 days we plan to return via train to Paris. Both trips (Paris-Rome and return will be made on the day train) and yes, we do enjoy train travel.
A couple more days spent in Paris and then return to Canada.
I have tried to get information from Rail Europe on a few occasions and they have been less than cooperative on a number of fronts. I did receive an e-mail from them after sending them a list of questions but their response didn't even address my questions. Also I am frustrated with other rail sites defaulting to Rail Europe.
Here are my current questions.
1. Is it possible and is there any advantage to dealing directly with the train companies (Eurostar, TGV and Trenitalia)?
2. Should I be looking to book tickets/seats for the Paris to Milan leg and then a separate booking with Trenitalia for the Milan - Rome leg or can TGV do it all?
3. I have gone on a number of sites and as a result I believe that I am correct that the earliest I can book TGV and Trenitalia is 90 days before the travel date(s) and Eurostar (Paris-London) 120 days prior to travel. Feel free to make any corrections to this info.
4. Does TGV have a 'Duplex' train Paris to Milan and if so does it travel only on certain days or during certain hours?
5. Can all tickets be picked up in Paris or should I arrange to print them at home or have them sent to our Canadian address?
6. Finally, are the seats assigned arbitrarily by the train companies or can I view a seating plan and request seats based on our preference?
A long post and a lot of questions but I appreciate your help.

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