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If you are visiting for the first time, an independent traveler or returning often, Prontopia can simplify your travel
|Daily life in Italy always makes me smile|
- Now, thanks to Prontopiamuch of the worry can be eliminated by booking a local via a simple mobile app. Find help on demand when arriving in Venice, Florence or Rome
- to become oriented to the city
- reach your hotel
- understand the public transportation systems
- meet a scheduled tour or
- find the best route to a must-see sight, Prontopiacan help.
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Prontopia is similar to the ‘uber’ concept but designed for walkers and those using public transportation, particularly in areas with pedestrian only zones.
If you have a busy schedule and limited time to see as much as possible in each city, Prontopia can save you time and offer great tips of where to find the best restaurants, places not to miss as well as assisting guests with special interest that may not be covered in a tour book: gardens, ‘secret’ museums or even vintage shopping.
Even with the best map, navigating Venice’s more than 100 islands, 400 bridges and 170 canals 1 that often do not have signs, is a challenge. A veteran of many trips to Venice, my paper map continues to help me with the never-ending turns and twists that are the charm of Venice. Sometimes a route may literally end at a stone wall. You back track and try a different turn and can be rewarded with a vignette of daily life in the city: a soccer game, laundry day, the daily sweeping and washing of the front step or an animated chat with a neighbor. All this is what makes me love Italia!
Early visitors to St Mark’s square are only a fraction of the huge groups that will fill the square later in the day.
Testing the limits of my skill with an app, I booked a local in Venice to meet me at the train station and go with me to my hotel. Meeting at the busy train station was a small challenge since there were hundreds of people milling around or waiting for a vaporetto. Describing myself as short and wearing all black did not distinguish me from half of the large crowd. We quickly located each other as two people talking with each other only a few feet apart! You immediately like Eloisa. Her bright smile and energy are genuine. And we did not have to rely on my limited Italian, since you can book a local who speaks English.
I have to disclose that my app skills were greatly lacking to make my first appointment. Thanks to Ilaria Nardone, Italy Marketing & Recruitment manager for Prontopia the app was linked to my credit card and I received a one on one tutorial on how to book a local.
Ilaria was available any time I ran into a problem (which was often) and assured my bookings were placed correctly.
I want to thank Shannon Kenny for inviting me to try the Prontopia app during my trip Home to Italy. The opinions in the post are my own.