My wife and I will be traveling to Rome, Venice and Paris this October celebrating our 25th Anniversary. I was considering taking my Garmin Nuvi GPS. Along with GPS directions it offers currency conversion etc.
Is this a good idea to get around in those cities or is it just something else to carry with us. We will NOT be driving anywhere, just being normal tourist.
One of the other Garmin 600 and 700 series features is the "walking" option: you are then given more discrete turn by turn information. You can hit the little "plus" sign on the right upper corner to enlarge the screen and also check the block under the settings tab for most detail if you choose a walking route.
And if you've purchased the updated POIs (points of interest) from them as well as the latest maps, you should be OK. If all else fails a good phrase book with photos is a must!
Have a good trip.
I agree with Jerry that it is usually much easier to use a map for walking, certainly in Paris (where it really is hard to get lost). But Venice is another story. I have gotten lost in Venice more times than I can say, always with a map. So it probably wouldn't hurt to bring the GPS along just in case. My favorite instance was a few years back in April before I learned Italian. I couldn't find any English-speakers (strangely) but came upon an equally lost French couple. Since I speak French, we not ony shared our frustration but a drink as well and became friends.
With the exception of Venice, I think the trouble with using one is you'll be so distracted by the instructions that you could miss some really great stuff. I find having a map discreetly placed in my pocket or purse and looking at it every so often in a doorway is all that is usually necessary.
Finally, I would like to say a word IN FAVOR OF GETTING LOST. While I think it's always advisable to have a map, sometimes if you get lost just go with it. There are wonderful sites that are not necessarily listed in guidebooks that you may just happen upon BECAUSE you're lost. This happened to me twice in Rome early last year after getting lost in the Piazza Venezia and led to some of the most wonderful sites and experiences.