In 2017, the Italian government took a giant leap into the 21st century. They unveiled a free mobile app that allows access to thousands of WiFi hotspots throughout the country. Including WiFi in Rome. And get this: Sometimes it works!
Called “Italia WiFi,” the app is available on Android and Apple devices. Politicians claim the app works on about 28,000 hotspots throughout the nation. But you shouldn’t set your expectations too high. Let’s get real: Italy isn’t Silicon Valley. Indeed, Italy’s average internet speed ranks toward the bottom when compared with other European nations. You might experience connectivity issues and/or long lag times when using this app on your Roman adventure. But, hey, it’s free to download. So try it.
Finding WiFi in Rome When Out & About
If internet access if a big deal to you, then you should check whether your Roman hotel offers WiFi before booking your trip. Please note: not all hotels have WiFi. Plus, most hotels will charge an extra fee for WiFi in Rome. Your best bet for getting free and fast — um, well at least faster — WiFi is to book an Airbnb. As always, check out the reviews for whatever Airbnb you’re interested in and look under the “Details” tab to see if they offer WiFi.
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While coworker culture is not widespread, Rome’s coworking scene is growing. You shouldn’t have great difficulty hunting down cafes, bars and restaurants that cater to digital nomads. Although you could find WiFi-friendly establishments all over Rome, your best bet is to try the trendy Trastevere first. Since Trastevere is home to the American University campus, it makes sense that many of the cafes here cater to internet addicts (AKA grad students). If you can’t find a suitable WiFi spot in Trastevere, then the next best place to explore is the touristy Centro Storico. Of course, you could always ask your hotel concierge to point you toward a good WiFi-enabled cafe.