My wife and I will be travelling in Italy next summer for 6 weeks. We want to rent a place for a month and it is crucial that we have high speed internet access so that we can work. We need a high download and upload rate specifically.
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broadband is commonally available in most Italian cities of reasonable size through either Cable(Fastweb) or ADSL (Alice or Wind), and in some rural areas where there is a demand density. Sadly lacking on my part of the woods though. I would ask whomever you contact about rentals is they have Fastweb or a DSL connection. If you want to be in a remote and beautiful spot you may need to use an internet cafe in a local town for your big files.
Paddy, Where will you be in Italy for the month-long rental? That could have a significant impact on the quality of your service. We find our DSL here outside Naples to be remarkably slow at times, and Tech support of little help. (Unfortunately, our small town does not have FastWeb available.) If you have a choice of places with different access, I'd go with FastWeb because in our (admittedly limited) experience, FastWeb is more reliable and faster than DSL here. But of course, that may be different in other areas.
Have you identified a region you'd prefer? City or countryside? Are you planning on sightseeing from your base to anywhere in particular? Do you need car parking?
This may be too off the beaten path for you, but...In Le Marche is a wonderful 1 br rental in the countryside 5 minutes from Cagli and 40 minutes from Urbino. Since the owners live next door with a DSL connection, they allowed us to connect to their network. La Pieve Review, La Pieve website.
We are thinking of city living, as we aren't planning on renting a car while there and considering that at least 3 of 7 days we will be doing a full day of work. We'd rather have the city at our door, and also in case we need to buy anything to facilitate working, we won't be too remote.
We haven't settled on which city yet, but this week we are really interested in the Northwest. Turin, perhaps? Genoa? We will be travelling through southern Italy for two weeks prior and were thinking that settling in the north for a month would be convienient for several reasons.
What is FastWeb? Is it a company or a service?
Is it common to have home owners with wi-fi allow you to use their connection? Since we need unlimited access to be able to work this would be ideal.
Thanks for all of your comments. This is really helpful.
A good friend just returned from a few weeks working in Torino. He's a professor who needs good internet service, so I wonder if the apartment he rented had it--I'll call and get the details, and post back.
Edited to add--just for chuckles, I Googled "Turin rental internet access" and got lots of hits,(mostly useless), but including this apartment rental.
We had the same issue in Jan/Feb 2005 staying in Rome. The apartment we rented did not have a landline so we accessed the internet on our laptop via the TIM cellular network - it wasn't *high* speed like home but it worked for us.
It's somewhat complicated to do but if you want to read about it here's a link to something I posted upon our return - happy to answer questions.
When we stayed in Rome last summer, we were assured that our hotel had high speed service. What we weren't told was that it was available only by sitting next to the front desk and plugging into their router. That was easy enough, though not particularly private, and the venue was totally inappropriate for us to use Skype for international calling. So I suggest that anyone interested ask about the type of connection available and where it is located. Ideally, one would want to connect in one's room or in a separate area with a modicum of privacy.
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OK, I heard back from my friend about his Turin rental. It did not have DSL. He recommended this agency, RentExpress (he was very happy with the place he rented from them) A quick glance shows some of the places list DSL.
Wow! It might be slow travel but it's fast responses.
Amy thanks for getting in touch with your friend who stayed in Turin. That RentExpress website that he mentioned had a lot of stuff on it and is chock full of possibilites. I'll keep you posted...
It's funny, I did a search with about the same terms and found the same apartment as you last night. I sent them an email and am waiting to hear a response.
Russell, thank you for the tip on asking where the connection is located. Sitting next to the concierge for 8 hours a day would make both of us nervous. I'd be willing to listen to any other horror stories people might share so I can anticipate problems.
Liz, your old post about your trip to Rome was awesome and it sounded like you did your homework before you left. That's what I'm trying to do because honestly, no internet connection means we have to go back home to work. This is only partly a vacation.
A quick google of TIM and Turin made me think that there might have been some good infrastructure laid down in preparations for the 2006 Olympics. I mean if they built a subway, why not a wi-fi network too?
I'd be willing to listen to any other horror stories people might share so I can anticipate problems.
Not horror stories so much as hit or miss in terms of high speed internet/wi-fi coverage in Italy. Even when it is advertised, I have found its actual existence to be elusive in many cases....either out of order or prohibitively expensive or coming next week for example. And then sometimes, it will appear out of the blue without any warning.
So if high speed internet is a requirement, I would be extra careful about confirming that it not only exists but is accessible. My favorite recent experience in Lerici is illustrative....the Doria Park Hotel--an otherwise wonderful place to stay--recently had wi-fi installed. Unfortunately--for me--I was staying on the 6th floor and the signal only reached the fifth.