WiFi

sadaigh

New Member
#1
Hello!

I've still in the beginning phases of planning my trip for next year (end of May 2019) and have had trouble figuring out just how much wifi connection I will be able to get along the Via Francigena between San Bernardo to Rome. I completed the Camino Frances in 2017 and had no problem accessing wifi, but I understand the VF has less accommodations, etc. For the sake of my loved ones back home, I want to be able to assure them that I will be letting them know I am alive everyday. Is this realistic on the VF?

On UrCamino.com, when I was looking at places to stay and stages, I noticed only maybe two of the accommodations had wifi for the entire length of the journey. All 1,000km. Is this accurate?

I hope I'm not repeating questions that have been asked and answered :)

Thank you for any and all help/answers!
 
#2
If accommodation doesnt have wifi then try a nearby hotel or cafebar. When i was in Campagna di Roma in September i couldnt find anywhere with wifi.
 
#3
Hi. I walked the VF from Canterbury to Rome last year. Although wifi was very rare in pilgrim accomodations, I did have cell service just about the whole way in Italy and was able to text and email regularly.

Mark
 
#4
It’s easy to just get a sim card for your phone. Cost you in the neighborhood of 25 euros for a month, and that way you won’t have to worry about wi-fi. I’ve done a lot of hiking in Italy (though just a little bit on the VF), and coverage is pretty good, although occasionally you’ll be off the grid. In Italy, Vodagone and Tim have the best coverage, Wind is less good.

In answer to your other post — about your friends and family being able to track you — on google maps there is a function called Share My Location. It’s easy to set up, and anyone you add will be able to track you in real time. On google maps (or maps.me) you can also download maps of whatever region you’re in, so you don’t have to burn up data (though you probably can’t share your location without a data connection).

Hope this helps.
 
#6
Just shy of 90 days.
Americans are limited to a three month tourist visa once you cross the English Channel. But that was okay and just the right amount of time. I did not feel rushed.

It is an incredible pilgrimage and each country/region was uniquely inspiring.
 
#7
Well, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo....!!! Thanks for your response - so glad you Ike’s it! I would love to do the entire way from Canterbury, but am planning for the San Bernardino Pass/Rome - just haven’t got the dates set out in stone yet....
 

Piero Frustascarpe

Moderator
Staff member
#8
For the sake of my loved ones back home, I want to be able to assure them that I will be letting them know I am alive everyday. Is this realistic on the VF?
Don't worry, in Italy even if not all the Pilgrim Accomodations have Wi-Fi, you can find plenty of bars and public areas in which it is available and free.
The diffusion of it is improving every year.
And, just in case, you can always find generous local people who will be happy to give you the password of their network. Just ask.
 
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