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Best Tourist eSIMs for Italy in 2024

Are you gearing up to travel to Italy but tired of searching for local prepaid SIM cards to keep you connected throughout your adventures? We have all been through the hassle of looking for a mobile network operator to get that tiny physical SIM card, only to lose it in a matter of hours, or have it not fit our mobile device.

Luckily, eSIMs are here to save the day and potentially your trip as well. Let me help you find the best eSIM for Italy.

While there are numerous eSIM providers offering plans and packages for Italy, not all are created equal. Some boast unlimited mobile data, while others come with a local, regional, or global phone number. Speeds vary from blazing fast to steady, with differing validity periods.

No matter your preferences, there is an eSIM provider tailored to meet your needs. For Italy, I recommend considering providers like Airalo, Alosim, Holafly, and Nomad, all of which I have personally tested across multiple countries and continents.

Airalo

Airalo offers three distinct eSIM options tailored for Italy: Mamma Mia, Eurolink, and Discover(+).  

Launched in 2019 as the pioneer eSIM store, Airalo has grown to become the premier eSIM provider, spanning over 200 countries and territories. My first eSIM technology experience was with Airalo on my dad's phone since I lacked an eSIM-compatible device then 🗿. It remains my go-to choice, having tested it in numerous countries, thanks to Airalo's knack for naming each country's eSIM uniquely, a detail I absolutely love.

It is pretty easy to install your Airalo eSIM as well, all you have to do is scan the QR code and follow the instructions. 

There are six monthly Mamma Mia eSIM options, out of which the 5 GB for  14.50 USD, 10 GB at 24 USD, and 20 GB at 33 USD are the most popular.

The Mamma Mia eSIM connects to TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy & Wind Tre networks. Check my Italy SIM card guide for the best coverage and speed advice. In my Italy SIM card buying guide, I tell you more about which Italian mobile operators are the best in coverage or speed so you can manually select the network that would suit your needs.

The Airalo Eurolink eSIM covers Italy and 38 other European countries, favored by Phone Travel Wiz readers for its extensive reach and 5G NR access in over 20 countries, including Italy, since Airalo partnered with Orange France in 2023. This switch also improved overall 4G/LTE speeds. 

The most popular monthly Eurolink options are 3 GB for 13 USD, 5 GB for 20 USD, and 10 GB for 37 USD.

You can use TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy & Wind Tre networks, but only TIM Italy offers 5G NR. For 5G NR, manually switch to TIM Italy. In my ongoing Airalo Eurolink review, I talk about the 39 countries where the eSIM can be used in more detail.

Lastly, Airalo offers its global Discover and Discover+ eSIMs, usable in Italy and over 120 other countries worldwide. Previously, the Discover Global eSIM was average, but the new Discover+ eSIMs, valid for up to 365 days and offering 5G NR in many places, are a significant upgrade. 

While the Discover+ variant may cost up to 20 USD more than Discover, the added benefits, including an Austrian phone number, justify the expense (I use the + version myself). There are multiple available options to choose from, but the most popular one is Discover 20 GB for 365 days at 69 USD.

Discover(+) eSIMs can utilize Iliad Italy, TIM Italy & Wind Tre networks, with 5G NR available on TIM Italy and Wind Tre only. For an entire list of countries where the eSIM can be used, you should check out my ongoing Airalo Discover+ eSIM review.

Airalo eSIMs for Italy Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Airalo eSIM covered in this section:

Mamma Mia:

  • Exclusively for Italy
  • Priced from 4.50 USD to 33 USD
  • Offers six options (1 GB for 7 days to 20 GB for 30 days)
  • No 5G NR access
  • No phone number included

Eurolink:

  • Valid in Italy and 38 other European countries
  • Priced from 5 USD to 185 USD
  • Six variants available (1 GB for 7 days to 100 GB for 180 days)
  • 5G NR available on certain networks in Italy and other countries
  • Does not include a phone number

Discover:

  • Usable in Italy and over 120 countries globally
  • Priced from 9 USD to 69 USD
  • Six options (1 GB for 7 days to 20 GB for 365 days)
  • 5G NR available on specific networks in Italy and other places
  • No phone number provided

Discover+:

  • Compatible with Italy and 120+ countries worldwide
  • Priced from 15 USD to 89 USD
  • Six plans (1 GB for 7 days to 20 GB for 365 days)
  • 5G NR available on selected networks in Italy and other areas
  • Includes an Austrian phone number
  • Offers up to 200 international minutes and SMS to any country globally (even those where the eSIM cannot be used)

Alosim

Alosim offers four types of eSIMs for Italy: Italy, Europe, Mediterranean & Western Europe.  

Alosim, from AffinityClick, known for the Hushed app, now bundles its products with any eSIM purchase, offering a redemption code for up to 30 international minutes or 50 international SMS. 

AffinityClick provides American (+1), British (+44), and Canadian (+1) phone numbers. While Italian numbers aren't available due to local regulations, Alosim stands out as the only provider offering a phone number with each eSIM. 

With eSIMs for over 170 countries, including Italy, Alosim simplifies international calling without switching SIMs and will help you save money, since international talks can be pretty expensive.

With the Alosim Italy eSIM, you have six eSIM options, out of which the monthly option for 20GB at 33 USD is the most popular one.

Alosim's Italy eSIM connects to Iliad Italy, Vodafone & Wind Tre networks, but doesn't offer 5G NR access yet.

Alosim offers its Europe eSIM, usable in Italy and 33 other European countries. While it lacks 5G NR coverage in Italy, it doesn't compromise on 4G/LTE speeds, depending on available networks. There are five options to choose from, the most popular being 2GB for 15 days, priced at 8 USD.

The Europe eSIM accesses the same three networks as the Italy eSIM but isn't restricted to Italy alone. However, unlike many other European eSIMs, it isn't usable in all EU or EEA countries, excluding Norway and Poland. It is worth noting that it can be used in Switzerland, which isn't part of the EU or EEA.

When you purchase an Alosim Europe eSIM, you also receive a Hushed phone number. For a breakdown by country, check my ongoing Alosim Europe review, covering its performance in six countries so far. 

Alosim eSIMs for Italy Summarized

Here is a summary of each Alosim eSIM discussed:

Italy:

  • Priced from 4.50 USD to 33 USD
  • Offers six options (1 GB for 7 days to 20 GB for 30 days)
  • No 5G NR access in Italy
  • Includes a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number through Hushed
  • Allows up to 30 international phone calls and/or SMS (within or from Italy)

Europe:

  • Usable in Italy and 33 other European countries
  • Priced from 5 USD to 37 USD
  • Offers five options (1 GB for 7 days to 10 GB for 30 days)
  • No 5G NR access in Italy (available in other countries)
  • Includes a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number through Hushed
  • Allows up to 30 international calls and/or SMS (within or from Italy)

Holafly

Holafly offers two types of eSIMs for Italy: Italy and Europe.  

Holafly stands out for its extensive coverage of unlimited data eSIMs, available in over 160 countries, with about 100 offering unlimited data plans. They were also among the first to introduce unlimited Europe-wide data plans. 

In July 2023, Holafly added a call feature, providing up to 60 minutes of calls with a +43/Austrian phone number (60 outgoing calls within Europe and 60 incoming calls from anywhere). The prices for Italy and Europe eSIMs are the same, making the Europe eSIM a cost-effective choice if you plan to visit multiple supported countries during your trip.

There are eight Holafly unlimited data eSIM options for Italy, out of which the Italy unlimited data eSIM for 5 days for 19 USD is the most popular.

Holafly's Italy eSIMs are the priciest mentioned here but offer unlimited data at fast speeds (depending on the network). You can use Iliad Italy or Wind Tre networks, with 5G NR available (though specifics on network coverage aren't detailed).

Speaking of the Europe eSIM… let's talk about it now.

As I said, Holafly's Europe eSIM is exactly the same as its Italy eSIM in terms of options, prices & supported networks.

It is just that the Italy eSIM can only be used in Italy, while the Europe one can be used in 32 other European destinations. However, that shouldn’t stop you from purchasing one if the event requires it. The most popular option is Europe unlimited data eSIM for 5 days at 19 USD, however, the Europe unlimited data eSIM for 10 days for 34 USD and Europe unlimited data eSIM for 30 days for 64 USD are pretty popular as well. 

You can make calls from Italy to most supported countries except for Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine & the United Kingdom. The full list of supported countries is in my ongoing Holafly Europe eSIM review. However, you can receive calls from any phone number, including those from other continents like Australia, the United States, or even Zambia 🗿.

Holafly eSIMs for Italy and Europe Summarized

Italy:

  • Priced between 19 USD and 99 USD
  • Eight variants (unlimited for 5 days to unlimited for 90 days)
  • 5G NR access
  • Includes a free +43 (Austrian) phone number
  • Allows up to 60 outgoing minutes within Europe (to 26 supported countries, including Italy) and up to 60 incoming minutes from anywhere (including non-European numbers)

Europe:

  • Usable in Italy and 31 other European countries
  • Priced between 19 USD and 99 USD
  • Eight variants (unlimited for 5 days to unlimited for 90 days)
  • 5G NR access in Italy and other countries
  • Includes a free +43 (Austrian) phone number
  • Allows up to 60 outgoing minutes within Europe (to 26 supported countries, including Italy) and up to 60 incoming minutes from anywhere (including non-European numbers)

Nomad

Nomad offers four types of eSIMs for Italy: Italy, Europe, IT-FR-DE (Italy, France & Germany), and Global.

Nomad, distinct from the (digital) nomad lifestyle, has made significant improvements in recent years, expanding its coverage to over 160 countries. While it is not an eSIM marketplace, Nomad sells eSIMs powered by various partners, reducing duplicate offerings in response to customer feedback.

For Italy, Nomad offers six eSIM options, out of which the  Italy 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (eSIM Go) at 19 USD is the most popular, offering you internet immediately.

Now, let's discuss the Nomad Europe eSIM, usable in Italy and either 29 or 34 other European countries, depending on your chosen plan.

Nomad offers two Europe eSIMs: the 30 Countries Plan and the 35 Countries Plan. The former, powered by Nomad Black (Tele2 Sweden), includes six eSIM options, while the latter, powered by eSIM Go, has five. The 35 Countries Plan now supports 5G NR in select countries, unlike the 30 Countries Plan.

There are 11 options to choose from when it comes to Nomad Europe eSIMs and their prices, but the most popular is Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 Countries Plan) at 22 USD.

With the 35 Countries Plan/eSIM Go eSIMs you will get 5G NR access in Italy. For a detailed country breakdown, refer to my ongoing Nomad Europe eSIM review or the map provided. I have tested the eSIM in over ten countries; check my review for insights if you are considering it.

Let's talk about Nomad's global eSIMs.

Nomad is among the few providers offering a global eSIM, albeit at a higher price compared to Airalo's Discover(+) eSIMs. Despite this, they have got a loyal fan in my dad, a truck driver who finds it convenient for trips to countries not covered by regional or Airalo's eSIMs. You never know when you might need Google Maps, and free WiFi isn’t always available. 

The Nomad global eSIM can be used in up to 136 countries, including Italy. It comes in two plans: the 109 Countries Plan (powered by Truphone/1Global) and the 136 Countries Plan (powered by eSIM Go). The latter often offers 5G NR access in many countries, unlike the former.

Each plan offers three eSIM options: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days, and 5 GB for 30 days. The Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (136 Countries) at 36 USD is the most popular.

Although the short validity and high prices make it less suitable for frequent world travelers, it is a convenient option for specific needs. You can find the complete list of supported countries on the Nomad Global product page or the provided map.

Nomad eSIMs for Italy Summarized

Here is the summary of Nomad eSIMs for Italy and Europe:

Italy:

  • Price range: 6 USD to 33 USD
  • Variants: 6 options from 1 GB for 7 days to 20 GB for 30 days
  • 5G NR access on select networks
  • No phone number included

Europe:

  • Can be used in Italy and 29/34 other European countries
  • Two plans: 30 Countries Plan (powered by Nomad Black/Tele2 Sweden) and 35 Countries Plan (powered by eSIM Go)
  • Price range: 5 USD to 35 USD for 30 Countries Plan, 5 USD to 26 USD (on sale) for 35 Countries Plan
  • Variants: 11 options from 1 GB for 7 days to 20 GB for 30 days
  • 5G NR access on select networks (35 Countries Plan only)
  • No phone number included

Global:

  • Can be used in Italy and 108/135 other countries globally
  • Two plans: 109 Countries Plan (powered by Truephone/1Global) and 136 Countries Plan (powered by eSIM Go)
  • Price range: 19 USD to 57 USD for 109 Countries Plan, 19 USD to 57 USD for 136 Countries Plan
  • Variants: 6 options from 1 GB for 7 days to 5 GB for 30 days
  • 5G NR access on select networks (136 Countries Plan only)
  • No phone number included

Overview of the Best eSIMs for Italy

Here is a summary of eSIM options for Italy, neighboring countries, and global use:

Italy-only eSIMs:

  • Cheapest 3 GB Italy eSIM: Airalo (8 USD) & Nomad (12 USD)
  • Cheapest 5 GB Italy eSIM: Nomad (14 USD)
  • Cheapest 10 GB Italy eSIM: Nomad (19 USD)
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for Italy: Holafly
  • Italy eSIM with the longest validity: Holafly (90 days)
  • Italy eSIM with 5G NR: Holafly & Nomad
  • Italy eSIM with phone numbers: Alosim (American/Canadian) & Holafly (Austrian)

Europe eSIMs:

  • Cheapest 3 GB Europe eSIM: Nomad (12 USD, 30 Countries Plan)
  • Cheapest 5 GB Europe eSIM: Nomad (14 USD, 30 Countries Plan) & (15 USD, 35 Countries Plan)
  • Cheapest 10 GB Europe eSIM: Nomad (18 USD, both plans)
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for Italy and Europe: Holafly
  • Europe eSIM with the longest validity: Airalo (180 days)
  • Europe eSIM with 5G NR in Italy: Airalo, Holafly & Nomad (35 Countries Plan only)
  • Europe eSIM with phone numbers: Alosim (American/Canadian) & Holafly (Austrian)

Global eSIMs:

  • Airalo's Discover(+) eSIM: Superior in prices, data allowances & validity (+phone number)
  • Nomad global eSIM: Better coverage (up to 135+ countries)

Enjoy your trip to Italy and neighboring countries!