So I flew back from Italy on Saturday. It was an amazing trip and I have lots of photos and experiences to share. I took over 2000 photos and 250 video clips so it's going to take a little while for me to sort and edit and organize. So first, let me talk about my new favorite map app.
I love Google Maps, I really do. I also love the My Maps feature. It's awesome because you can bookmark places and use really adorable icons and even draw lines (i.e. for bike paths) and you can even import someone else's hard work into your own maps.
However, my main problem with Google and My Maps is that I cannot bring it up on my iPhone. I can use a web browser to open the map, but then the caching feature (which is available in the Google Maps app) is no longer available to me. Plus, I had a few snafus last year while in France, even with the caching. I had 'starred' a bunch of sites that I wanted to go to and everything was going great. All of a sudden, my map refreshed itself and the stars disappeared! WHY, GOOGLE, WHY?! It was so annoying.
So, I've been searching for a solution to my map issue for a while and have experimented with a few options. I've finally settled on Galileo and I am in love. It allows you to download (searchable) maps and you can use them with or without wifi; brilliant. It was put to the test while I was in Italy and it passed the test with flying colors.
So, if you're new to the app, you can start with the little tutorial. It's actually really intuitive, so if you've used other map apps before, then you should be fine.
So, I started by downloading maps for the three regions of Italy I would be visiting: Liguria for Vernazza and Genova, Apulia for Alberobello and Polignano A Mare, and Lombardy for Milano.
When you're bookmarking and saving locations, you can sort them into specific folders - I made one for each city - and you can also change the icon. This is also a feature of My Maps, so I was happy to see that it was available here as well.
This app gets my rousing endorsement and I highly recommend it to my fellow travelers.
By the way, I found this app on my own, paid for it myself, and this review is entirely my opinion so rest assured that it is a genuine recommendation.