February 27th, 2023

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Discover the best travel apps for Italy, including language, food and flight resources. Stay organized and prepared for your Italian adventure with these must-have tools.

Are you dreaming of wandering the streets of Rome, savoring the taste of authentic Italian cuisine, and immersing yourself in our country's rich culture and history?

Well, there's no better time to make that dream a reality!

However, if you’re not going with a private tour such as this one, make sure to arm yourself with the latest and greatest travel apps that will make your Italian adventure stress free and seamless. Whether you're a language novice, a foodie, or an explorer seeking new experiences, I've got you covered.

Below I've listed the best travel apps for Italy that will help you easily navigate your way around incredible Italian cities, communicate with locals, discover the most delicious local cuisine, and make unforgettable memories.

 

Travel Apps to prepare for Italy

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E-Sim Data Option: A Guide to Using Your Mobile Phone In Italy

Not an app, but still a must-have consideration for your Italy trip.

When traveling to Italy, one of the most important things you will need is a way to stay connected. Whether you need to make calls, send text messages, or access the internet, having a mobile phone with a reliable data plan will make your trip much smoother.

Let's start by introducing you to the E-Sim...

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​​​​​​What is E-Sim?

E-Sim is a new technology that allows you to use a virtual SIM card on your mobile phone. For all intents and purposes, it's your new best friend when traveling Europe and beyond.

Instead of having a physical SIM card that you need to insert and activate, E-Sim allows you to download a digital SIM card to your phone. This makes travel super simple because you can change carriers and plans from the comfort of your own phone. I reccomended this one.

How do I purchase a SIM card?

You can purchase a SIM card at any mobile phone retailer or electronics store in Italy. Make sure to bring your passport or ID and your local address in Italy when purchasing a SIM card.

How do I choose a plan?

You can choose between a prepaid or postpaid plan based on your needs. Prepaid plans come with a certain amount of data, minutes, and text messages, while postpaid plans bill you at the end of the month based on your usage. Make sure to choose a plan that fits your budget and usage needs.

 

Best Apps for Navigation

Google Maps

We’ll start with an easy one, your go-to Map.

Google Maps is perhaps the best tool you can have, and you can access it right from your smartphone. When exploring piazzas and boulevards in Rome, or navigating the Venetian canals and waterways, Google Maps will help you find restaurants, bars, and tourist information centers easily.

Forget unwieldy paper maps and getting confused by directions from locals; Google Maps is a very useful app. If you need to save on data, you can download offline maps too.

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City Mapper

Another good alternative app that provides real-time information on public transportation in cities across the world, including Italy. It offers a user-friendly interface and easy-to-read maps to help you find your way through the city.

It also provides information on estimated travel times, distances, and public transportation schedules, making it a great tool for planning your route. You can also download maps and get offline access for multiple cities.

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Stay in Touch With Whatsapp

So, not exactly a travel app, but this one’s useful all the same. WhatsApp is free to use, and as long as you use Wifi, or have unlimited data, you can call and message friends and family all over the world at no cost.

That means you can easily stay in touch when exploring Italy and you don’t have to worry about the cost of international calls. This is a wonderful tool for using in Europe and one that you really shouldn’t leave home without.

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Apps for practicalities: Currency Exchange and Staying Safe

XE Currency Pro

This app takes the stress out of currency conversion.

Whether you're visiting the Colosseum in the eternal city of Rome, shopping for designer clothes in Milan, or savoring some gelato in Florence, XE Currency Pro is the perfect companion to ensure you always have an accurate understanding of the value of your money.

Transfer Wise

This app with its debit card is useful for traveling Italy due to low fees, competitive exchange rates, convenience, safety, and multi-currency accounts. It enables easy online money transfers to Italian bank accounts or others in Italy, with encryption technology protecting your information.

MedinAction

With this Italian app you can easily book a qualified physician online or through their handy mobile app, and have them come straight to your hotel or accommodation 24/7.

No more wandering around in search of a clinic, trying to explain your symptoms in a foreign language, or worrying about the quality of care you'll receive.

Accuweather

Best prepare for your trip to Rome or a new city, by checking the weather for your next destination and be prepared with this handy app. It gives you the latest short and long range weather forecasts and the likelihood of rain. You can also switch between celsius and fahrenheit to suit your preference.

APP FOR MONEY EXCHANGE

Learn The Local Language with Duolingo

Although most Italians are well versed in English, it doesn't do any harm to learn some basics before arriving. It's all part of the Italian experience, and in my opinion we have one of the most beautiful languages in the world, so why not take a stab at learning it.

Duolingo makes learning basic Italian easy and convenient for travelers. With its user-friendly interface and gamified approach to language learning, Duolingo is an excellent tool for beginners who want to learn essential Italian phrases before their trip.

And if you're worried about using up your mobile data during your trip, don't fret! Duolingo allows you to download lessons to get offline use, so you can learn even without an internet connection.

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App for Getting Around Italy

Lucky for you, there are several apps that make Italy travel a breeze.

One of the best apps for traveling by train isProntoTreno. With this app, you can book and manage train tickets, check the status of your booked trains, and plan your journey. It takes the hassle out of traveling by train in Italy, which is often the easiest and most efficient way to get around.

Another helpful app isZonzo Fox, a pocket guide to Italy that shows you what sights are worth seeing in the area you're visiting. With this app, you can create your own tailor-made itineraries and discover hidden gems that many tourists never get to experience. Plus, ZonzoFox curates suggestions from locals, so you can get a true insider's perspective on what to see and do.

And if you need to buy tickets for trains or coaches, look no further than the Trainline. This is the best app for train travel in my opinion. It lets you buy tickets on almost all train and coach companies in Italy. With Trainline, you can compare prices, get real-time travel updates, and avoid the hassle of waiting in long lines at the train station.

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Travel Apps for Italian Food

You're really spoiled for choice in Italy when it comes to great food, with so many incredible restaurants to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to eat. Fortunately, technology makes that a lot easier these days!

Here's your menu of food apps you should download for discovering the best cuisine Italy has to offer...

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Zomato

One of the most popular apps for finding great food in Italy isZomato. This app features user reviews, ratings, and menus for thousands of restaurants across the country, making it easy to find the perfect place to eat no matter where you are.

With Zomato, you can also filter results by cuisine, price, and location to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Food Decoder

This app provides a comprehensive guide to Italian food, including descriptions and pictures of traditional dishes, as well as tips on how to order and what to expect. It's a great tool for anyone who wants to try new foods but may be hesitant to order something they're not familiar with.

The Michelin Guide

For those looking for a more upscale dining experience,The Michelin Guide is a must-have app. This famous restaurant guide features recommendations for the best restaurants in Italy, including those with Michelin stars. The app also includes detailed information on each restaurant, such as opening hours, prices, and reviews from other diners.

Happy Cow

This app is an excellent resource for finding vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Italy. This app features a database of plant-based restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores, making it easy to find delicious and healthy food options no matter where you are in the country.

Of course if you opt for a private tour such as this one, you’ll get the true Italian insights on food. Much better than any app in my opinion!
Get in contact with us here to start planning your foodie adventure.

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Discover Unique Street Art When You Visit

Street Art Cities provides information about street art in cities across the world, including Italy. You can search for street art by location, artist, or style, and view high-quality photos and information about each piece.

Stay hydrated with WeTap

Staying hydrated while traveling is crucial, andWeTap is the perfect app to help you do so in Italy. Not only can you save money by refilling your water bottle for free at public sources, but you can also help reduce plastic waste and support sustainability efforts.

With WeTap, finding the nearest water source is quick and easy, and you can help protect Italy's natural resources and ecosystems by reducing the number of plastic bottles used.

Plus, staying hydrated is important for your health, so downloading WeTap is a no-brainer for any traveler looking to explore Italy while also promoting a more sustainable future.

Ready to Start Planning? 

Traveling to Italy is a truly unforgettable experience that you'll remember for a lifetime. But, it requires some planning and organization. With a smartphone and the right apps, you can make your trip smooth and stress-free. By downloading these apps, you can access information and services that will help you navigate the country with ease and make the most of your trip.

If you're ready to start planning your incredible luxury trip to Italy, get in touch with ushere. Let's make this the Italian trip you've always dreamt of!

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