Visitors to Rome often wonder where they can go to access free wi-fi. Rome isn’t necessarily set up like places that have a Starbucks culture of the “third place” concept, which can create difficulties for students who need to find places other than home or school to study and work, and for tourists who don’t have a place to access internet in their lodging.
One option that’s available requires an Italian cell phone number and an address, and it doesn’t even have to be a local Rome address. It’s the province of Rome’s free wifi network with over 300 access points throughout the city, and over 800 throughout the entire province of Rome!
Here’s a map to the wifi hotspots in this program.
It’s free and you can register online or at any of the points displaying the sign pictured at the top of this post. The registration form is in Italian. To register go to this page. Then after you fill out the form, you have five minutes in which to use the Italian cell phone number you registered with to call a local Rome number which verifies your cell phone number. After a couple rings and without having to talk to anyone, the system verifies your registration, and then all you have to do is use your cell phone number and password you chose when you registered, and you can access wifi at any of the points with your laptop, smart phone, tablet, etc.
If you are just visiting Rome for a short period and don’t have an Italian cell phone, I have a couple of personal recommendations of cafès in the center where you can sip your cappuccino and surf the web simultaneously: Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace 5, and Circus, Via della Vetrina 5.
If anyone knows of any others that they’ve found in their travels through Rome, please share in the comments section!