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Purchasing Italian train tickets from USA!

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We are 6 friends from Texas. Have used Italian local trains before but am not confident on two of the trains trips we are taking this time. I am obsessive and like to take care of as many of the details as possible before leaving the States. We will be in Italy middle part of April '16. Will probably book Executive (perhaps Business).

Will travel from Venice S.L. to Firenze S.M.N. and later from Firenze SMN to Napoli Centrale.

Have watched and read 'seat61'. Have gone on italiarail.com and trenitalie.com. It would seem italiarail.com is easier to navigate. So, will use italiarail.com unless showed lack of wisdom.

Website said could make first reservation December 7. Is it correct that I could make the reservations CST at 5pm on December 6? I said I was obsessive -- I used to make plane reservations 332 days and 23 hours before the flight. Used miles and that was first minute reservations could be accepted. As y'all know -- the need to do that on Delta has diminished.

OK to bring aboard and consume our own wines -- have done that on the local trains. We consume more than our fair share of Italian reds.

Executive looks interesting (price always a factor for not driving so) -- any thoughts?

Will website ask me at some point in the transaction to make seat selection?

I presume purchasing individual tickets -- since only two trips -- is the cheapest way to go (instead of a pass).

Will website then issue the eTickets to my email address?

With eTickets -- all I need to do is bring my PNR#? In other words, not required to validate at train station?

Is their an Executive class lounge that we can use at the Venice or Florence train stations?

So, in conclusion, I can -- at one website sitting -- reserve six seats in Executive, make seat selections, pay the piper and just have emailed to me the one piece of paper (again with the PNR#) for the conductor.

Do we get a meal included in Executive? Do we get 'one' glass of wine with the meal or several?

We are mature (hate that word) and not loud -- but we will walk about the car, consume a glass or two -- is that in any way considered disrespectful to the other two passengers (I think Executive only holds 8) in the Executive car?

Sorry, I just reread and looks like some of these questions overlap.

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