Let’s talk apps. And I don’t mean tapas! Unfortunately, that’s a blog post for another time. Nope, I’m talking about mobile apps for your phone. Specifically, travel apps for Rome.
Now, using your phone while traveling is inevitable. But try to minimize its use by organizing apps and digital documents. Before every European trip, I save apps in a specifically labeled home-screen folder. The collection ranges considerably depending on where I’m going. I always use Google Maps and Translate. Those are a given. But I also research and download apps tailored to my destination. And when in Rome, these are the apps I download.
1. Italian Food Decoder
They designed this 5-star rated app with foodies in mind. Its cost of $4.99 gets you access to explanations for over 6,00 Italian food words that will help you navigate Italian menus. Specifically, this app helps tackle the wide variety of food words used in the various regions of Italy so you’ll always know exactly what you’re ordering with just a simple search. You can also find links to recipes and Italian food festivals.
2. Drinking Fountain Finder
If you’re worried about getting dehydrated while touring Rome, this free 4-star rated app will quench your thirst. With this app, all you need to do is open its built-in map and zero in on your location. The map will then mark all the public drinking fountains in the vicinity and guide you to a refreshing drink of water. The map is remarkably comprehensive, so you never have to worry about getting too thirsty.
3. Probus Rome
This free 3.5-star rated app will help you tour Rome via bus. The app locates nearby bus stops and ticket sellers so you can easily hop aboard wherever you are. You can use the app to view the routes of specific buses so you know exactly where you’re headed. The app even provides approximate arrival times and real-time travel news to keep you up-to-date. However, you will need an Internet connection to search its 8,600 bus stops.
4. MiC Roma
For museum-lovers, this free 3.5-star rated app is a must-download. The app gathers information on 20 of Rome’s most-popular museums. You can easily research current exhibits, events and galleries. The app also provides information on timetables and ticket prices. And the built-in map can help you navigate to your museum of choice easily.
5. Time Travel Rome
I saved the best for last. One of the most appealing things about Rome is its rich history. This app, rated 4.4 stars and free with available in-app purchases, brings that history to life. Specifically, the built-in map function shows you what important locations used to exist exactly where you’re standing. You can search for places such as tombs, theaters and monuments and read detailed historical information about each site. You can even find links to ancient texts that mention a particular site.