Here is our roundup of some of the best and most useful smartphone apps out there for your trip to Italy.
Roma Bus – FREE – This app tracks (most) of Rome’s public buses so you know if it is faster to walk or wait. You can also geo-locate yourself and it will tell you what bus stops are close.
Il Meteo – FREE – The weather in Italy this summer has been a little unpredictable, late afternoon thundershowers in Rome and Venice have sent us scrambling for an umbrella. Be prepared with the Il Meteo app that is reasonably accurate and predicts the weather by the hour.
Google Translate – FREE – Don’t be at a loss for words. The google translate app even has audio.
Easy Italia – FREE – Use this app to call for tourist information and assistance, seven days a week.
Info Treni - FREE – This streamlined App will hep you find train times and stations throughout Italy.
Venice Guide from the Vaporetto dell’Arte – FREE – Information on Public transportation, current art exhibition, maps, and more are what you will find in this super useful App.
Eat Rome -Eat Florence – Eat Venice – $2.99/each – Elizabeth Minchilli has been researching the best places to eat, sleep and shop all over Italy for decades. Her three indispensable Apps are the best of her informations from her magazine features and many books.
Rome Insiders Guide – Flaminia Chapmen knows her way around Rome. In her App she shares loads of great suggestions for places to eat and explore.
Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials $2.99 – From private coves to buzzy beaches this app has the authors handpicked spots to eat, shop and lounge on the Amalfi Coast.
Orari Penisola Sorrentina + Archepelago - FREE – In the summer, the easiest way to travel around the Amalfi Coast is by ferry and hydrofoil. These two free Apps help you schedule and book your island hopping adventures.
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculeum – $2.99 – Brush up on your history before a visit to Pompeii and Herculeum with this British Museum designed app.
Florence Explorer - $2.99 – This image rich App will guide your through picturesque Florence pointing out the major sights and the renaissance cities hidden gems.
Firenze Turismo – FREE – This App is filled with helpful maps, museum hours and information on Florence and the nearby surrounding areas.
Umbria Slow: $2.99 – Explore the green heart of Italy with this super App. From popular Assisi to sleepy Bevagna the authors, who live in the region share their favorite spots for long country lunches and little known hamlets.
Italy Travel Tips and Hints – $2.99 – This App is indispensable. It answers just about any question you could possibly encounter during your trip to Italy. It explains Italy’s different regions, How to order coffee, drive on the autostrade and Holiday and festival information just to name a few entries.
Italy Food by Blue Guides – FREE – (for a limited time) Decode a confusing Italian menu with this App based on the popular Blue Guide book version. Includes are very helpful pronunciation guide so you can explain to your waiter exactly what you want for dinner.
Cibando – FREE – Looking for somewhere great to eat in Italy’s major cities? Cibando to the rescue. What is so cool about this app is tat you draw on your screen map the area you are looking for and voila, the team at Cibando does the rest.
Uber – FREE – Finding a taxi stand in Rome and Milan can sometimes be a pain. Travel in style with Uber a private car service that you book and pay for your journey via your smartphone.
Fuori Casello - FREE – If you are taking an Italian road trip and tire of the Autogrill make sure you have this app loaded up. It will geo-locate you and then give you directions to somewhere fantastic to eat just off the highway.
We have provided links to the iPhone/iPad version of these apps. Almost all of them are also available for android in the google play store.