We are planning to buy a France/Italy train pass (eurail) for the days we travel from place to place, and wonder if anyone has advice for doing this from Canada before we leave (end June)? We will probably use it for 4 trip (Paris to Marseilles; Nice to Venice; Venice to Florence; and Florence to Rome). I see there is a 4 day pass to be used within 2 months. Is one site better than another to purchase from? Should we splurge for the 1st class pass, or is 2nd class ok? Should we expect premiums on the more common/faster routes? How much? Is the pass worth it for this type of travel? Should we book the actual trains ahead of time, or just show up?