Heading to the land of pizza and fashion? If you are staying longer than a few days, it might be worth picking up a local sim, but which is the best SIM card for Italy? And where can you buy it?
Firstly you will need to ensure that your phone is unlocked, and then have a look through here at this brief comparison of the main operators.
Having a local sim card will allow you to communicate freely with tour guides, restaurants and attractions with a local phone number so they can get back to you without breaking the bank. There are four different mobile networks in Italy, with various others reselling services on one or more of those networks like Lycamobile and Uno mobile.
Vodafone and TIM have the widest coverage, but use the coverage maps linked to in each review to check your destination if you are heading to rural areas.
Where to Buy?
Buy from supermarkets like carrefour, tobacconists, mobile shops, or airport desks. It is worth bearing in mind the convenience of buying from a shop, who might be able to help you with setting up. There are TIM, Vodafone, Wind and Tre stores throughout most towns and cities.
Topping up in Italy
Top up at tobacconist stores (tabacchi), which are small news stands – simply state your operator and ‘ricaricare’ (recharge). Alternatively, top up at supermarkets, use the online facilities provided by your operator, or try the Recharge my SIM site.
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So, Which is the Best Visitor SIM Card for Italy?