One of the major benefits of going on vacation is to get away from our regular daily lives and experience something new and exciting, but that doesn’t mean that we have to lose touch with the outside world and the events that are happening back home. Having access to the internet is an excellent way to keep in touch and stay up-to-date, all while enjoying the sights and sounds of the country around you.
Most of the major cities in Italy have adapted to modern standards and usage of the internet has become an everyday part of life. Internet connections are usually fairly fast and most hotels offer Wi-Fi to their guests. However, much of Italy still holds that old-world, rural charm and in many towns and villages, internet connections are hard to find and can offer poor service. In fact it is currently estimated that only half of the entire Italian population uses the internet once per week. Wi-Fi hotspots are rare, even in big cities, although some public place are beginning to offer them.
Download and upload speeds in Italy are considered one of the slowest in the world. The average download speeds globally is approximately 18 megabytes per second while in Italy it still stands at around 8 megabytes per second.
One option that many travellers are choosing, in order to stay in touch, is purchasing data packages for their smart phones and using the internet on these devices. If Wi-Fi is not available and you need to use your laptop, using your phone as a hotspot is another option. This could incur costly data charges however, so make sure that you monitor your data usage carefully.
If having a reliable internet connection is important to you while on vacation, it is recommended that you research potential hotels prior to booking. Most popular accommodations will offer reliable connections, making it easy for you to browse the web, check your email and social media accounts or get any work done while away. Internet cafes are also a popular option and large cities usually contain quite a few of them. These cafes charge a reasonable fee to use the internet for a specified period of time.
Immersing yourself in Italian culture is one way to get the most of your Italy vacation but sacrificing contact with your workplace, family, friends and the events going on back home can make your trip less enjoyable. Although Italy may not be known for its reliable internet service or fast internet speeds, with a little research and some preparation before you depart, you don’t have to lose touch and can continue to search and surf the net, just like you do at home.