THE 6 BEST TRAVEL APPS
for Italy and Lake Como

Life is easier with apps. Especially when you are on the road, perhaps far away from home, and need practical and efficient solutions to experience your trip to the fullest.

In this article I have selected the best travel apps (for Android and iPhones) that you can use during your trip to Lake Como.

Food delivery apps, payment apps, and apps for travel planning: in this article you will find all the best apps for traveling in Italy and, specifically, on Lake Como.

Ready? Grab your phone (if you don’t already have it in hand) and get ready to download the best apps for travelers! 

Restaurant reservation and Food delivery apps

The Fork: app for restaurant reservations

Thanks to TheFork, you can choose and make free reservations at the best restaurants in Lake Como and throughout Italy. From gluten-free restaurants to those offering typical dishes, this app for restaurant reservations is really essential during your Italian trip.

Why is it useful?

  • Discover the restaurants closest to you on the map inside the app, and find your favorite using the available filters
  • Reserve a table for free via app and avoid the long waits typical of the peak season, especially in a popular tourist destination like Lake Como
  • Wide variety of discounts available (even 50% discounts) to use at the very moment of your reservation; with your reservations, you will also accumulate Yums: loyalty points that you can convert into discounts.
GET €10 DISCOUNT:
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!

Make your 1st reservation on the mobile application TheFork with the code 7DFAF721 and receive 1000 Yums (=10 euros) for your next restaurant experience!

Download for Android

Download for iPhone

Uber Eats: app for fine food delivery

Okay, you’ve walked so much that you really don’t feel like cooking or leaving your room to go to a restaurant. What could be better than getting your own food at home? With the food delivery app Uber Eats, you can place your order via app and receive it at your hotel or apartment within the time frame of a shower. Please note that, on Lake Como, Uber Eats currently operates only in larger towns (such as Como and Lecco).

Why is it useful?

  • Order pizza, burgers, poke and more: a wide variety of restaurants and services (see video!) at your disposal
  • Discover the deals of the day and get some fine food in a few minutes
  • Plan your order in advance to enjoy the rest of your time as much as possible
GET €15 DISCOUNT:
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!

Make your 1st reservation on the mobile application Uber Eats with the code eats-knvnr1 and receive €15 off your first order of at least €20!

Download for Android

Download for iPhone

Travel planning apps

FreeNow (formerly mytaxi): the best taxi app in Italy

Call a cab, rent an electric scooter or a car, and more. With FreeNow (formerly mytaxi), getting around is as easy as drinking a glass of water. The service is currently not available in Lake Como, but is present in most large Italian cities, such as, for example, Milan. So, if you do not want to take public transportation from the airport, you can use FreeNow and arrive by cab at one of the destinations covered by the service.

Why is it useful?

  • Know the cost of the service in advance: with FreeNow you know from the start the price range you’re going to spend, so you won’t run into any nasty surprises
  • Book your ride in advance: don’t risk arriving late at the airport and secure your ride on time
  • Not only cabs: now you can also rent scooters, mopeds and cars, for full freedom of movement!
GET €5 DISCOUNT:
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!

Make your 1st reservation on the mobile application FreeNow with the code y1y11c3gg and receive €5 off your first ride!

Download for Android

Download for iPhone

Omio: the app for air, rail or bus transportation planning

Omio is a travel search engine that compares trains, buses and flights from over 800 companies around the world to find the fastest and cheapest way to travel. Once you have found your ideal travel solution, you can book your ticket via app in a few simple steps. The best solution for traveling to Lake Como by public transportation.

Why is it useful?

  • Discover the most convenient solutions for reaching Lake Como from Milan or its airports
  • Don’t waste time at the vending machines and buy your ticket in advance
  • Keep your air, bus or rail tickets within a single app
GET €10 DISCOUNT:
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!

Sign up using my recommendation link: you'll get a €10 discount on your next reservation!

Download for Android

Download for iPhone

Payment & Travel expenses apps

Satispay: pay in stores, send money to friends and get cashback

Satispay is definitely one of the best travel apps for Italy. All you have to do is download the app (which you will have to associate with your phone number), set a weekly budget, and… it’s done! Now you can send electronic payments at all businesses that accept this payment method and keep cash only for emergencies.

Why is it useful?

  • Pay with Satispay at restaurants, bars and shops without using cash; activate geolocation to find stores that accept Satispay near you, or find them by moving on the map within the app
  • Send money to your friends in two easy steps (note: the other person must also have Satispay)
  • Get cashback for your purchases at stores offering this promotion; offers can change daily and also vary based on your use of the app
GET €15 DISCOUNT:
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!

Make your 1st reservation on the mobile application Uber Eats with the code eats-knvnr1 and receive receive €15 off your first order of at least €20!

Download for Android

Download for iPhone

Google Pay: pay contactless and save your boarding passes

Google Pay is a quick and easy way to pay at stores using the cards saved in your Google account. If you have a credit or debit card, you can save it in your app and pay with your phone using NFC technology. A must-have app during your trip!

Why is it useful?

  • Did you forget your wallet with cash and cards in your hotel room? No problem! With Google Pay you will have the cards on your phone and can use them in any store that accepts electronic payments
  • Not only money! On Google Pay you can also save your boarding passes to show at the airport
  • Connect Google Pay with your Paypal account and pay with your phone using NFC technology
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW!

Download for Android

Not available for iOS (which has Apple Pay and works in a rather similar way)

Splitwise: the best app for splitting travel expenses

Whether you are traveling alone, as a couple or with friends, it is very useful to have an app that allows you to track all your travel expenses. And this app is Splitwise. Simple and pleasant to use, Splitwise is definitely one of the best apps for group travel expenses and avoiding money-related discussions that can happen while traveling!

Why is it useful?

  • Create a group dedicated to your trip (you can also create multiple groups, for example you could dedicate a group for each leg of your trip) and invite your fellow travelers
  • Know at any time the amount of money you have to give or receive
  • Find out your total expenses and export them to a CSV file
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