Did you know that the best Italy travel app can improve upon your Italian adventure? Whether you’re trying to communicate, checking a train schedule or contemplating which delicious pasta to try, there’s a travel app for that!
I’ve curated the best apps for Italy travel, no matter how you intend to explore this beautiful country. So take a look, then download the essential Italy apps that we recommend to make your trip the the best it can be.
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Best apps for Italy travel
If you’re planning a trip to Italy soon, remember that the Old Country actually has many modern features. And even though you might get the side eye for ordering a cappuccino in the afternoon, you should consider traveling through Italy with a touch of modern technology.
Italy travel apps for what to do and where to go
Is it just me or is everything in Italy mind-numbingly gorgeous? Wandering through any Italian city with oodles of cathedrals, artwork, churches, bridges and endless landmarks is bound to result in mouths agape and eyes popped.
Whether you’re enjoying the dusty chaos that is Rome or the splendor of the Italian coast, everything is so historically profound and so just sophisticatedly—well, Italian. And having several Italy travel apps at your fingertips will enhance the experience.
Italy Guides app gives users a “cinema” type of feel. Accompanied by movie-style music, narration by Gregory Snegoff, and vibrant images and video, the app brings Italy to life by recommending restaurants, city sites, historical events, etc. You’ll find individual museum guides, Rome and Florence city guides plus much more. Available at the App Store or Google Play for $5.99. Some of the most popular apps are bundled for special pricing.
Wine Maps of Italy is an Italian app that let’s you explore the best wineries in Italy. There are over 4,000 wineries included in this app. Choose which ones you’d like to visit. Each listing includes opening hours, website, address and a map of the region. $7.99 Available for iPhone.
Rick Steves’ Audio Europe™ is basically the bibbia of tour guide apps for Italy or most any other country in Europe for that matter. One of the world’s most respected travelers, Rick Steve manages to answer all of your travel questions before you even realize you have them. The Italian section of his European Travel App is an in-depth look at all the Italian essentials you’ll need to help plan the perfect trip. Free. Available for both iPhone and Android.
Find the best food in Italy with an app
Honestly, the food is so delicious in Italy that it’s not hard to find a tasty dish. But using an Italy food app ensures that you know what you are ordering. Apps can also locate the best restaurants, including the one in Rome that your neighbor raved about.
Zomato is the ultimate Italian foodie app. Along with mouth-watering photos of dishes from local restaurants, the app also works as an ingredient translator. There’s a convenient map that lets you explore the restaurants by neighborhood. Available on iPhone and Android for free.
Italian Food Decoder is a very useful app for anyone visiting any part of Italy. Written by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls, authors of 26 Italy guides, this app is based on over 30 years of food research. With over 6,000 definitions of common food and drink vocabulary, a helpful pronunciation guide and several thousand photos, you can rest assured that you’ll never get served a plate of Casu Marzu when you’d just like a simple plate of cheese. $4.99. Available for both iPhone and Android.
Best Italian language apps
iTranslate may not seem adventure-related at first, but believe me, when you’re in a strange country doing something risky and have no communication skills, things can get hairy quickly. Simply speak into the app and it translates for you—in over 100 languages, although you’ll only need Italian in Italy. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Italian Language Guide & Audio – World Nomads helps you learn the basics of Italian before you go. And yes, we all know that once you’re in need of a particular word, by the time you find the word you’re looking for in the dictionary, the actual moment has already passed. However, this app doesn’t require an internet connection, so you can always practice ahead of time. Free. Available for both iPhone and Android.
Google Translate is really cool. Point your camera at a menu or sign, take a photo and the app will translate for you. Although it translates 103 languages, you’ll want to download the Italian version of the app to use without any need for Internet. This free Italian translator app is available at the App Store and Google Play.
Italy Apps for practicalities: currency exchange and staying safe
XE Currency Pro takes the hassle out of money conversion. If you’re on a tight travel excursion schedule, the last thing you want to be doing is wasting time trying to convert money while shopping. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
International emergency numbers app is a indispensable resource if you’re away from home and run into a problem. The app works offline so it’s great in every corner of the earth. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Spyglass app is a great guide to take on any adventure. The app allows travelers to use its GPS system for outdoors and off-road navigation, even when offline. The app comes packed with extras such as binoculars, heads-up display, hi-tech compass, etc. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
mPassport is one app I hope you will never have to use. However, if you do, you’ll be happy to have it by your side. MPassport App is a Medical Emergency app that lists the closest doctors and hospitals in your area as well as a list of emergency phone numbers. It also has a list of non-emergency medical services such as dentists, pharmacies, etc. The app is available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play for free.
Apps for getting around Italy
Trenit is the best way to access train timetables and buy tickets while in Italy. No matter how long you’re planning to visit, traveling by train across this gorgeous country is a great way to see some of its best features. Not only useful for the daily time schedules and routes, but you can also buy tickets through the app. Free. English version available at the App Store and Google Play
Apps for staying in touch
WhatsApp Messenger is the number one way to communicate while on the road in Spain and in Europe. It’s a free messaging app that lets you communicate in real time, without the frustration of roaming charges. The app is so popular, that many restaurants and hotels are using it to communicate with customers. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Wi-Fi Finder is an app we’ve recommended often and we really believe it’s one of the best resources a traveler can use. A great tool against those frustrating data roaming charges, Wi-Fi Finder leads you to the nearest wi-fi source. It even allows you to download local maps for free, also helpful for avoiding yet another massive phone bill. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
Apps for organizing your trip to Italy
Packing Pro app has packing down to an exact science. All you have to do is enter your destination and length of stay and it’ll come up with a suggested packing list, separated by useful categories like documentation, clothing, gadgets, etc. Available for purchase at the App Store.
Evernote is great for keeping up with trip documents, itineraries or just about anything, even photos. We recommend the in-app purchase for synching across all of your electronic devices. The paid version also allows for offline access, which is very important when avoiding phone charges on an international trip. Available for purchase at the App Store and Google Play.
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