Italian train passes make no sense - Jo-Ann Carson

Italian train passes make no sense

I wasted a couple hours today researching train fares in Italy.
I’m a “bundle” kinda gal That is to say, if I’m buying more than one item from a business I expect a discount. Nah uh. It doesn’t work with trains, or at least trains in Italy.
I turned my research notes upside down and tried looking at the figures with crossed eyes, but I can’t get the numbers to work. It’s cheaper to buy individual train tickets from machines at the station than to buy a train pass. In addition to it being simply less money for the fares, we’ll be saving additional booking fees. I keep reworking the numbers, but the bottom line is it’s much cheaper to not buy a pass.
So why do they have passes?
It’s a mystery to me.