|Subject: RE: Italian Trains|
In Italy you can purchase the 'biglietto chilometrico' at the train stations. It is good for 1-5 persons travelling together for 3000 KM. You will need to pay a supplement if you take the IC or EC trains or make a seat reservation. You can get more info at http://www.ricksteves.com, click on the railpass section, then step 3, then Italy OR go to http://www.fs-on-line.com (Trenitalia's official website) and click on the special offers section and hunt through that link - I can't get specifics from their site today, as it is updating information!
I've looked into the ticket before, and if you are travelling far enough, or with enough people, it seems like a good deal with just a few rules.
However, depending on how far you are travelling and how many people you are travelling with, you may want to consider renting a car. We've found it more economical with three people to drive, and plan the big cities, where the car would be a hindrance, at the beginning or end of our trip. We always find the best rates with Kemwel for rentals in Italy. Just food for thought!