I thought I would try getting on the 1203 that I was originally told. I arrived at the platform in good time and asked the train staff if it goes to Benevento. He said, ‘Si,’ and pointed at the bike and said, ‘Non.’ He said lots more that I didn’t understand so I said, ‘Non Capicco,’ shrugged my shoulders and showed him the schedule I was given. He said something to a colleague, who replied, and the he shrugged and gestured for me to follow him. He took me to the end carriage and signalled for me to take the end section and put his fingers to his lips- our little secret!! So I am on the train to Benevento with plenty of time for the connection, first stage going well!