Best travel apps for Italy

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Getting ready for your trip to Italy and want to download some apps? Here is our guide to the best travel apps for Italy. We’ve included apps for navigation, transport, tours, eating and more.

All apps mentioned are free to download unless otherwise mentioned. 

If you’re wondering how to use your phone in Italy, check out our guide to the best Italy SIM cards and wifi options.

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Best apps for navigation

Gone are the days of paper maps. Technology now brings us live directions and the best ways to get to our next destination. Download these apps to help you get around in Italy. Although, for the best experiences, be prepared to turn them off and get lost! 

 

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Google maps – No doubt already installed on your phone, Google Maps will help you navigate around most cities easily. You can check walking distances and transit times by public transportation and car. 

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Note – Google Maps does not work well where there are narrow laneways and covered passageways. Do not rely on it in Venice or small villages

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Citymapper – everything you need to know about using the local transit systems in Rome and Milan. This free app will even tell you the best train carriage to get on for your journey

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Here WeGo – offline maps and GPS. Download maps for offline use when driving in Italy. Useful for driving in areas with spotty data connections. The app also shows traffic information where available, public transit maps, and you can save places for quick directions later.

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READ:   Guide to driving in Italy - car rental and touring Italy by car made easy

Transport apps for Italy

No doubt you’ll need some help getting around in Italy. These apps help you with train travel and ground transfers from Sorrento to Rome to Venice and everywhere in between.

Omio [formerly GoEuro] – The best app for getting you to your next destination. Search Omio for the quickest and cheapest ways to get from city to city in Italy – by train, bus, air or car share. No need to print your tickets – keep them all on the app.

Download Omio

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FreeNow – book a taxi online using this handy app for Rome, Milan, Naples and Turin. This app calls the official city taxis. You can track your ride and pay via the app, just like Uber.

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Blacklane – for when you want transport a little more comfortable than a taxi, Blacklane provides professional chauffeurs. Booking with Blacklane means complimentary wait time and free cancelation up to one hour prior to your booking

Download Blacklane app

Tours and guides

If you’ve booked tickets and tours with GetYourGuide or Viator prior to your trip, all your vouchers are stored on their handy apps. Also useful if you suddenly find yourself staring at a 2 hour line winding around the Vatican (hello, skip the line tickets!) or a spare afternoon in Florence – just browse and pay via the app for instant access to tours.

GetYourGuide – Browse, book and pay for tours, tickets and activities across Italy with Europe’s biggest range of local experiences. If you have already purchased your tours, your ticket vouchers are available in the app even if it is not connected *Authorized ticket seller for Colosseum, Vatican, Uffizi Gallery, Borghese Gallery, and more

Download GetYourGuide app

READ: Our full review of GetYourGuide

 

Viator – owned by TripAdvisor, Viator is a well established brand in the tours and tickets space. You can search for, book and pay for your tickets online via the app. Your vouchers are also held in the app for your convenience

Download Viator app

READ: Best tours in Rome – Colosseum, Vatican and more

Rick Steves Audio Europe – download city walks and guides to Italian destinations and attractions by America’s favorite guide to European travel – Rick Steves. There are free guided walks for Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, Naples and more

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Accommodation

Whether you like to book your accommodation on the go or have it all organized before your trip starts, these apps keep all the important details in your phone for easy access.

Booking.com – download this app if you think you will need to search for last minute accommodation in Italy or have already booked hotels, apartments or B&Bs for your trip with Booking.com All your reservation details are stored in the app so you can have them close to hand and refer to the booking information as needed. Useful if you forget to write down check in/out times etc

Download Booking.com

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Airbnb.com – keep all the critical check in information and details about your stays in your phone. Also useful for last minute reservations and finding local experiences

Download Airbnb app

Communications

WhatsApp – the best solution for staying in touch with family and friends at home plus tours and accommodation contacts in Italy. WhatsApp is very popular in Italy and preferred over SMS. Communicate via text, voice and video calls using your data allowance or over wifi

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Google Translate – a very useful app for deciphering menus, street signs and general communications. Make sure you download Italian for offline translation before you go

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Duolingo – inspired to learn some more Italian words and phrases? Go beyond “grazie” and “buongiorno!” with Duolingo, a free app that makes learning Italian and other languages fun 

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wifi.italia.it – find free wifi hotspots across Italy. With this app you only need to register once to access participating hot spot locations throughout the country

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Food and wine

Eating regional dishes and tasting local wine is a big part of any trip to Italy. These apps will help you find the perfect trattoria and best Barolo wherever you go.

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Eat Italy – Food writer and Rome resident Elizabeth Minchilli’s best addresses for eating across Italy. The app is GPS enabled so you can find great restaurants while you are out exploring. The app includes guides for cities and regions across Italy. Eat Italy is free however the guides for Rome, Florence and Venice are available as in-app purchases.

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READ:   Rome food guide: what and where to eat in the Eternal city

The Fork – find and book restaurants quickly with this useful app from TripAdvisor. You can read reviews in english and take advantage of special deals offered in restaurants throughout Italy 

Download The Fork app

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Nasoni d’Italia – helps you locate the free drinking water fountains across Rome and Italy. This fresh water system dates back to Roman times and now with the help of technology you can find the fountains as you walk through Italy’s ancient cities. Don’t forget to take your refillable water bottle!

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Vivino – did you find a wine in Italy you loved? Silly question! With Vivino you can scan the label on your favorite bottles for details of the maker, wine region and grape varieties. 

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General travel apps for Italy – best of the rest

Finally, here are some other useful apps for Italy. From medical assistance to the weather and checking currency exchanges, it’s never been easier to access critical information when you travel.

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MedinAction – if you fall ill abroad, trying to find an English speaking doctor can add to the stress. MedinAction is an on-demand, English-speaking medical service that delivers a qualified doctor to your hotel or accommodation 24/7. Book your licensed physician online or through the mobile app.

Download MedinAction (iOS only)

Accuweather – check 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 switch between celsius and fahrenheit to suit your preference

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Transferwise – the fastest and cheapest way to convert your currency to Euros. Get their Mastercard debit card to access your funds in Italy

xe.com – gives up to the minute currency exchange information so you know exactly how much that designer purse you spotted is going to cost in your home currency

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Ready for Italy?

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We hope you now know what apps you need on your phone in Italy. If you are just about to depart, make sure you check out our: 

For things to do, city guides, itinerary ideas and more visit our Italy travel blog

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