Few obstacles put a crimp in a vacation quite like spotty cell connectivity. Even in a place like Rome, the Eternal City, travelers insist on immediate gratification in the form of likes and shares on social media while they experience millennia of history. And so, to cater to the present and future, Italy’s government has launched a free, nationwide Wi-Fi app.
Called Wifi Italia, the app “will allow all users, both Italian and foreign” to access a country-wide network, according to the app’s iTunes store page. (The app is also available for Android devices.) In a lengthy description, the page outlines that the initiative was launched by the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, and the Agency for the Promotion Digital Italy, beginning in summer 2017 and expected to grow in time. One login allows users to access Wi-Fi in Italian or English around the country, when available, and so far, the network has been launched in Bari, Emilia Romagna, Milan, Rome, Tuscany, and Trento, according to The Local. The current blueprint anticipates people connecting to 28,000 access points already installed around the country this year, according to La Repubblica, with plans to further develop in public and private spaces beginning in 2018.