questionsis wi-fi common in venice, rome and paris?

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Off-topic response: You will, I hope, send us a few mid-vacation photos so we can be appropriately admiring and inappropriately green with envy?

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@magic cave: LOL. How about a link to wherever I post them post-vacation? I do try to find a place to upload them from time to time when I travel. But I have to cull photos before showing them as I discard 90-95% of photos I take on trips (I take an average of 150 a day). I'm actually teetering on whether to buy a new camera or fix the old one. The old one is a very good camera and works fine, but I slipped and fell on mud in a graveyard in New Orleans last summer and cracked the screen. But it has apparently fallen behind in the megapixel race, because I am being told by my photobook printers that my images aren't sufficiently data rich for full page printing, which seems very odd as they were fine a couple of years ago, and what has changed on the printing side of things? But I am going to have to make up my mind soon, as it's probably a $500-600 purchase and I'd need to also get it all the peripherals.

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@moondrake: I can be appropriately green with envy if you will share photos with us.

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@moondrake: [big, heavy, put-upon sigh] Well, if I have to wait I guess that'll be fine. The megapixel race is astonishing, isn't it? What used to be top of the line (for amateur photographers, anyway) is now low-range on most phones!

I understand the winnowing of photos. My sister and BIL used to travel to the UK once or twice a year, and I think their daily average of pics shot was at least 200. Fun to look at, but by the 400th or so my eyes glazed over.

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This sounds like a lovely trip! I personally haven't been, but did a quick search and found the following thread:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/europe-western-europe/topics/using-free-wi-fi-in-italy-and-other-countries

Sounds like you might need to register for an access code/password to use the free wi-fi spots (at least in Italy) due to anti-terrorism laws. Some are saying this is outdated, however, and that if you're staying at a hotel the hotel will give out passwords. I'd also try accessing internet via the public libraries. Good luck and have fun!

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@dows: Thanks for your research efforts. That was a useful link.I wonder if I can register directly via the phone or have to go someplace? Our hotel in Paris has free wifi, our hotel in Rome has wifi for a fee, and our hotel in Venice makes no mention of wifi at all (although it's the loveliest of the three). However we spend almost no time in our hotels and are always out doing something when we travel, so it's easier for me to find a cafe or something with internet to make calls than to try and do it from our hotel. I joke that here in the US there's a law that if you sell coffee you must have free wifi. Even in my slow-to-adapt city it seems like at least 25% of places to eat offer free wifi, and a small handful of stores (Sams Club?!?). I am hoping it won't be too hard to find places like that in Europe.

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There's a good bit of wifi in the cities in Europe (mostly in city centers) but it's rarely free and if it is "free" you'll likely have to purchase something in the provider's store to get access to it. Like going to a cafe or restaurant and getting their code. But most don't have wifi so you have to hunt around. Those that do in the tourist areas are usually not that great, food and or/customer service-wise, and use it as a hook to lure tourists. Even the open and unlocked wifi usually requires a password to enable access. And where you get that is anyone's guess. Alternatively, you can purchase a certain amount of data and calling for your phone if it's GSM in just about any store for way less euros than you think it should cost. I loaded 50 euros about 13 months before we came back to America on my phone and still had money left over when I left. You may need a different sim card as well. Short answer: you can find it but it's more of a pain than I think it's worth.