While we all know, I hope, that Rome was built by the Romans, and when exploring Rome, we rarely miss out on iconic sights such as the Colosseum, the nearby Forum and that architectural marvel the Pantheon, we miss an awful lot. This is no surprise as there are so many of them! This is where a new app called Time Travel Rome comes in. Here’s a review of this app and why you might like it. Read on to find out how to get yourself a free copy of the Android version of the Time Travel Rome app.I have to admit that before using the Time Travel Rome app, I didn’t know just how many chunks of ancient Rome could be found in Italy’s capital. In actual fact, there are lots and lots of Roman ruins in and around Rome as the screenshot below shows:
Exploring Rome Made EasyThe app is quite easy to use. To start exploring Rome you open it, zoom in – by double tapping on Android devices or pinching out (spreading your index finger and thumb on iDevices) – and then tap on the monument that interests you. To help you choose what to see there’s a star rating system which goes from one to five stars with 5 star rated sites being the most interesting – you have to zoom in quite a lot to see the star ratings.
Create Your Own ListsTime Travel Rome also lets you create your own lists of what to visit though this feature didn’t always work on the Android version of the app I used unless I selected sites with orange icons. The sites with grey icons weren’t added to my custom list. I’ve told the developers about this little bug. My smartphone is a bit old and uses Android 6, apparently the feature works on Android phones using version 8. If you do have problems, there are some pre-created lists of points of interest to keep you going.
Great For Trip PlanningWhile Time Travel Rome will certainly be useful when you are in the city, you could obtain a copy before your trip as it can help with trip planning and even help you select a hotel or apartment close to the sites that attract your interest. Actually, there are probably enough historic point of interest to keep you going for several trips to Rome, Italy and further afield. The app, you see, also goes way beyond Rome and has information on ancient Roman sites throughout the Roman Empire which included much of Europe and north Africa. There are plenty of sites to keep history geeks going as you can see in this screenshot:
Two VersionsThe app comes in two flavours: the very basic demo version which is free and the full blown version which at the time of writing costs €10.99 – $13 USD or £9.90 UKP. The basic version does little more than show you where Roman sites are. To get the information and other features, you need the full version. As apps go, it may seem a little pricey but for what you get, but I think Time Travel Rome is pretty good value. It’s like having a huge but not heavy history book in your pocket. The app is also being updated regularly and the developer is looking for an investor or sponsor to help cover updating and development costs.
App Giveaway!Five lucky readers of Italy Chronicles can get themselves a copy of the full Android version of the Time Travel Rome app by following @newsfromitaly on Twitter and sending me a direct message or by sending me a message on Italy Chronicles Facebook page. First, though, you’ll need to download Time Travel Rome and install it onto your smartphone or tablet. Then you’ll need to answer this question: Which ancient Roman site can be found at Largo Magnanapoli in Rome? Send you answer to me via Twitter or Facebook. The first five people to give the correct answer will get an Android app redeem code. Have fun exploring Rome with Time Travel Rome. You can find out more on the Time Travel Rome website. To get a copy, visit Google Play or the Apple iTunes or App Store. Would I use this app when exploring Rome? I certainly would.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the Time Travel Rome for review purposes.