11 Must-Have Italian Apps to Travel Like a Local in Rome

Hitting up popular tourist spots may provide you with a history lesson or two, but if you want to truly explore a new city, you want to find ways to travel like a local. With access to up-to-date, insider information, you can be your own tour guide in Rome and blend in with those who call Italy “home.”

These 11 apps will take you on self-guided walking tours, point out the best artwork, help you navigate public transportation, and more.


  1. Triposo: Free on Android and iOS

Triposo connects travelers with the best places to visit, eat and shop around the world. Personalize your trip to Italy by selecting your own things to do and places to go. Explore top destinations and regions, like Florence and Milan, and read mini guides written by other Triposo users, like this one about The 6 Most Amazing Cliffside Villages in Italy.


  1. Trenitalia: Free on Android

Trenitalia is Italy’s primary train operator, providing regional, long-distance, high-speed and international passenger trains.

Their app assists you in all aspects of dealing with the company from purchasing ticket to time of arrival. Choose your preferred stations, search for the best fares available and track trains in real time. The ‘My Travels’ section allows you to make changes to your reservation, request a refund or add the trip to your calendar.


  1. Probus Rome: Free on Android and iOS

Rome’s bus system can be tricky for tourists to comprehend, causing a lot of them to avoid it altogether. But the buses in Rome cover much more of the city than the metro tourist area, which is why the Probus Rome app is so useful for getting off the beaten track. Pinpoint the closest bus stops, discover bus times, plan routes and connections, and get updates in real time.


  1. Italy Museums Free: Free on iOS

Italy Museums Free compiles more than 150 museums and art exhibits throughout Italy.

Search by location, museum name, exhibit or keyword. The app gives you key on-the-ground information including a museum’s address, phone number, hours and admission prices. Then once you’re at a museum, the app will tell you the most popular exhibit there so you can head straight to it. Upgrade for $1.99 to find museums within a certain distance from you and to get public transportation directions.


  1. Rick Steves’ Audio Europe: Free on Android and iOS

Curate a list of your favorite tracks from the app’s library, which includes self-guided walking tours from Rick Steves’ city and country guidebooks, as well as interviews from the Travel with Rick Steves public radio program.

View PDF maps that complement the walking tours. Your geographic playlist can cover the best sites in Italy, plus travel tips and cultural insights.


  1. Streetart Rome: Free on Android and iOS

Streetart Rome assembles over 300 street art pieces across 30 neighborhoods and 150 roads. See the murals that are closest to you with the built-in map that pins nearby works. Click on a piece of artwork to learn more about it, such as artist details or the year it was created. This app offers an excellent opportunity to explore parts of the city you may have otherwise skipped and offers a modern perspective on Rome that many tourists don’t see.


  1. WC Rome: Free on Android and iOS

WC Rome has a simple and straightforward goal: to help you find Rome’s public bathrooms. Not the most exciting part of your holiday, for sure, but something travelers of all walks and means have to deal with at some point.

View the map to find the public bathroom closest to you, and see information such as directions and opening hours.


  1. WordReference Dictionary: Free on Android and iOS

This app includes translation dictionaries for numerous languages, including Italian. Access the English-to-Italian dictionary, as well as Italian definitions and conjugations.

Explore the forums for answers to more than 2 million questions.


  1. Lingolook Italian: $4.99 on iOS

Lingolook Italian is a language guide with illustrated flashcards and audio translations. Access more than 800 words and phrases for travelers, with over 550 clear audio translations from native speakers to help you with pronunciation.

Quickly search by travel category and head to the reference section for the menu reader and travel tips. It won’t help with your fluency but it will make sure you don’t accidently order horse meat when you’re trying some of the less-touristy restaurants on your Italian adventure.


  1. Eat Italy: Free on iOS

Created by Elizabeth Minchilli, travel writer for magazines like Bon Appétit and Food & Wine, Eat Italy is a collection of her favorite eateries (including bakeries, specialty shops and wine bars) in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice.

Avoid tourist-heavy restaurants and instead head to the little-known gems the locals frequent.


  1. Zomato: Free on Android and iOS

Search for bars, cafes and restaurants by location or cuisine to dine-in or order-out. Browse photos of the restaurant, check out the menu ahead of time and read user reviews. The map and rating features will help you narrow down your options.

Zomato will likely be familiar to many travelers due to its global presence, however since its acquisition of Cibando in 2014 it is the most active foodie community in Italy, so it is definitely your best bet to use.


We hope this helps you on your big journey. Be sure to check out if your phone is equipped for an Italian SIM and Data card before you dive in.


Can I use Uber in Europe? All the ride-hailing apps you’ll need on your Eurotrip

Planning a European adventure? Along with your passport, suitcase and credit card, there’s one item that’s going to make your trip a whole lot easier: your smartphone.

A few years back, getting around when visiting a European city meant puzzling out public transport, explaining yourself to a taxi driver or simply expending a whole lot of shoe leather. This might have been great for unplanned adventures off the beaten path, but just as often you ended up lost and frustrated.

At home, if you’re like millions of other Americans, you’re probably already accustomed to using Uber to get around at home. But the USA is not alone when it comes to the explosion in popularity of peer-to-peer ride sharing apps. However, while Uber has a large presence across Europe, there are plenty of other popular local alternatives that may serve you just as well, or even better, depending on where you travel.

From economy to luxury, there’s a ridesharing option in most European cities to suit most budgets. And getting where you want to go is as easy as whipping out your smartphone.


Uber Equivalents in Europe

MyTaxi (previously ‘Hailo’)

Free on Android and iOS

British company Hailo merged with Germany’s MyTaxi in 2016. MyTaxi now boasts 10 million users. It’s available in 50 cities in nine European countries, and currently hailed as the leading taxi-booking smartphone app in Europe. Users simply download the app to their smartphone, then choose and book a driver for their journey.

Countries where MyTaxi is most popular:
Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland



Free on Android and iOS

As its name suggests, London-based Haxi is a ride-sharing service that takes the hard work (and high rates) out of hailing taxis. Haxi (a hybrid of “hack” and “taxi”) is a peer-to-peer ridesharing app which connects travelers online. Registered users can be drivers, passengers, or both. Users don’t need a registration to logon, but never fear – unregistered users can’t obtain details of other users.

Countries where Haxi is popular:
UK, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark


Gett (Get Taxi)

Free on Android and iOS

Get Taxi is both a taxi and a courier, allowing customers to transport goods, services and themselves. The service can be ordered either through the Get Taxi website or the GPS-based smartphone app. More than half of London’s black cabs now run on Gett, and it’s available in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Countries where Gett is popular:
United Kingdom, Israel and Russia



Free on Android and iOS

Originating in Spain, Cabify provides both a business service and public service. Like other ridesharing companies, Cabify drivers are screened in a rigorous selection process and like Uber all drivers use their own vehicles. Cabify’s point of difference is that it charges by the kilometer (rather than time) according to the most direct route for the journey – even if that isn’t the route taken by the driver.

Countries where Cabify is popular:
Spain, Portugal



Free on Android and iOS

The Lyft app will probably already be familiar to you. It doesn’t actually operate in Europe at the moment, but there have been rumblings of an overseas expansions soon so we thought it prudent to include it on the list anyway.
Lyft is very similar as a service when compared to Uber. It provides details of the driver’s name and ratings from previous passengers, as well as photos of the driver themselves and their car. A small point of difference is passengers can create a profile with personal information about their location and music preferences – which can help to get the conversation flowing.

Countries where Lyft is popular:
Currently only available in US but rumors have been circling of late about a European expansion.


Europe Car Sharing Apps
Why pay for the whole fare yourself when you can split it?

Inspired by Uber’s e-hailing concept, companies such as BlaBlaCar, Ants and Carma have taken it in a slightly different direction: instead of hailing a driver to take you to a specific destination it allows users to rideshare their journey with other people already heading to the same destination. This makes it popular for those travelling longer distances.

This simple but ingenious idea has seen a fleet of carpooling companies spread across Europe. They’re not only great for solo travelers to save on transport costs but also to meet other travelers or even just connect with locals.

Like ride hailing apps, users need only download the company’s app to their smartphone and register their details. Most companies have options for filling out a profile and setting up a credit card for cashless payment.



Free on Android and iOS

As the world’s largest ridesharing service for long-distance travel, French company BlaBlaCar now operates in 22 countries and boasts 35 million members. It’s also been awarded more than 50 prizes and honors since its creation. BlaBlaCar is based on the simple concept of making travel more efficient: filling empty seats in cars that would be making the journey anyway. To get a BlaBlaCar ride, members must register and create a profile, which shows their experience with the service. The BlaBlaCar point of difference is the “BlaBla” measurement – a rating of how much a passenger is willing to make conversation during the ride, intended to help like-minded travelers find each other a little easier..

Countries where BlaBlaCar is popular:
Ukraine, Russia, France, Spain, Turkey, Romania, Poland, Slovakia



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Ireland’s contribution to the car-sharing network came in the form of Carma, a Cork-based service which helps people “break free from the tyranny of the modern commute”. Like other carpooling apps, Carma seeks out spare seats in driver’s cars and matches them with a passenger needing to travel the same route.

Countries where Carma is popular:
Ireland, Norway


Free on Android

With its headquarters in Paris, Djump is the “social ridesharing” platform for peer-to-peer travel. Users register online or through their smartphone to order a ride. Drivers can be tracked in real time, and must login to Facebook to register. The drivers are handpicked from the Djump community, and rides are paid for by credit card, making it a convenient cashless way to get around.

Countries where Djump is popular:
Paris, Lyon and Brussels



Free on Android

Scandinavian ridesharing service Ants launched in 2012 as a means for users to connect with an available driver or passenger. Passengers simply post their request through their phone to go to a destination, while drivers state how many seats they have available – and the arrangements are made. Payment can be made through PayPal or cash. Ants is available in six languages.

Countries where Ants is popular:
Denmark and Norway

Lastly, don’t get stuck and make sure you’re equipped with the right Europe Data SIM card for your trip!