Travel to Italy

 

Has any one used the Europe SD card in Italy? I will be taking a tour in Late September and will do a self guided tour in Rome. How good is the Map for walking around downtown Rome and other cities?

Any help/opinion will be appreciated.

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I would suggest that you get a comoass

I would invest in a compass, it is invaluable when in an unknown area. I have used a gps in several Eurpean cities without problems... But if you don't know which way is N you may start walking in the wrong direction...

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It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. -Sophocles snɥɔnıɥdoɐ aka ʎɹɐƃ

My google powers say

it has full coverage of Italy and there are a lot of reviews.

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Mike

Compass great idea

In my experience in European cities, the streets are narrow so there is limited view of the sky, so satellite acquisition takes longer than on a big open highway. So you often have little guidance in starting off. The compass idea is great (I just got one for my next trip). Also, I fear it helps to have some idea where you are going! But it is great to know that if you are totally lost you can probably figure out how to get to where you want. Also, on my 255W, the battery life sucks. So be careful not not to need the nuvi when it is dead. But enjoy! (And, of course, getting lost in Italy is much of the fun.)

neal

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Nuvi 255W/European SD card

A compass is a good idea

I Made that mistake in Paris, once.
Now carry a small compass everywhere.

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

SD cards

alrom45 wrote:

Has any one used the Europe SD card in Italy? I will be taking a tour in Late September and will do a self guided tour in Rome. How good is the Map for walking around downtown Rome and other cities?

Any help/opinion will be appreciated.

I just got a nuvi, after years using a Vista.
I am new to the site as well.
I too will be going to Italy.
I want to download POI for Rome and other locations as well.
Could not find any in the Library.

Question:
If I get the europe maps on SD do I have to download them to my Nuvi?
I do not want to load up the memery on the GPS.
If I can use it from the SD card do I add My POI to that card? or do I have to keep switching cards?

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

SD Card

I bought the SD card with the Italy maps. I used it in Rome and in Florence. It was great. I could go anywhere and I never worried about getting lost. I found restaurants that were in the Fodor guide. I highly recommend it.

Rome

islanderswp wrote:

I too will be going to Italy.
I want to download POI for Rome and other locations as well.
Could not find any in the Library.

It's not everything but some popular ones!

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/12993

My GPSr (nuvi 350) always displays NORTH

aophiuchus wrote:

I would invest in a compass, it is invaluable when in an unknown area. I have used a gps in several Eurpean cities without problems... But if you don't know which way is N you may start walking in the wrong direction...

What model are you using that does not display NORTH?

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I have seen the future and it is now!

Travel to Italy

I have traveled to Spain and used my GPS without any problems. I had downloaded all kinds of POIs and there is a section for Italy on that website. Unfortunately, it is in Italian but you can copy any part of the text in a translator and you should be able to get the POIs you need. I see that they have POIs for the metro stations in Rome, the radars in Italy, etc... Give it a try, you will see if it's useful for you.
The website is: http://www.todo-poi.es/italia.htm

Good luck and have a good trip.

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Clem - Garmin 2495LMT, 1450T & C530

Travel to Italy

Thanks for the help.
Another question:
I do not want to clutter my NUVI,
With maps and POIs I will only use every couple of years.
So I would not want to download it but rather run them off a SD card.
So I want to know if anyone as tried coping both to one card?
Or is it easy enough to remove the map from the NUVI
and still have it for a re-install later?

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

Translator

Wow I just went to that site, Thanks.
Then went to Yahoo Babel Fish to translate.
Get this:
You can add a button to a yahoo toolbar.
While you have the page open, click on the button and it translates the entire page.

http://babelfish.yahoo.com/

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

It displays it

jgracey wrote:
aophiuchus wrote:

I would invest in a compass, it is invaluable when in an unknown area. I have used a gps in several Eurpean cities without problems... But if you don't know which way is N you may start walking in the wrong direction...

What model are you using that does not display NORTH?

It displays it, but it isn't a compass. You can turn around in circles and it won't tell you what direction you are facing until you start to move. As long as you remain in a fairly small area, your Nuvi really doesn't know or care where it's pointed. It's been my experience that it can take a half block or more before it starts to register direction. That can lead to a lot of false starts.

Personally, if I was headed back to Italy, I probably invest in a handheld mapping GPS with electronic compass. Much better when you are doing a lot of walking... much better battery life too.

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Rick - Nüvi 260 - eTrex Summit HC

Rome

Thanks Paul ATL.
That was what i was looking for.

Also thanks Clem for the other site.
I will work on that one.

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

You are right

I found the same problems Sometimes, we would be going in circles. So the GPS did take us a little longer to go in the right direction but it did get us to the right place eventually. I never had to worry about getting losts.

Travel to Italy

islanderswp wrote:

Thanks Paul ATL.
That was what i was looking for.

Also thanks Clem for the other site.
I will work on that one.

I am glad to see it can be useful to you.
Have a wonderful trip. smile

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Clem - Garmin 2495LMT, 1450T & C530

Beats me! I can't figure out

Beats me! I can't figure out how you load to to your Garmin. I went to the website..translated it..but when I "unload" it, all it does is open a page with the tube stations listed but I can't figure out how you get it loaded to your gpx or Garmin files. My 680 is connected to my computer via the usb, but it doesn't show how to load the file from the page to your computer.

Downloading GPX/BMP files for Rome Metros

gerrydrake, here's how to obtain the Rome Metro files from the Spanish website:

For example, Rome Metro Line "A" Stations (ESTACIONES DE METRO DE ROMA LINEA A)

Under Garmin download (GARMIN DESCARGA) there are two icons ("compass" and "Ic") for downloading the .GPX file and the .BMP icon

Click on the icons and these links will open in your browser:
http://www.todo-poi.es/descargas/poiedit/italia/GARMIN/Metro...
http://www.todo-poi.es/descargas/poiedit/italia/GARMIN/Metro...

Save the files using File, Save Page As (Firefox) or File,Save As (Internet Explorer) to where you keep your POI Loader input files.

Run POI Loader to add the POIs to your Garmin.

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DriveAssist 50 (stolen), Nüvi 2595LMT

Thank you for your help. The

Thank you for your help. The problem was that when I clicked on the files you mentioned, it opened up another window with just a list of the stops..not a file link like you showed. I'll try it agian and see if I get better results.

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gerrydrake wrote:

Thank you for your help. The problem was that when I clicked on the files you mentioned, it opened up another window with just a list of the stops..not a file link like you showed. I'll try it agian and see if I get better results.

You need to do the File,Save Page As from the window that opens with just a list of the stops.

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DriveAssist 50 (stolen), Nüvi 2595LMT

Thanks. I figured it out. I

Thanks. I figured it out. I was translating the second page, before I saved it. I didn't need to do that. Works fine now, thanks again.

True, but it is better than nothing

rapriebe wrote:
jgracey wrote:
aophiuchus wrote:

I would invest in a compass, it is invaluable when in an unknown area. I have used a gps in several Eurpean cities without problems... But if you don't know which way is N you may start walking in the wrong direction...

What model are you using that does not display NORTH?

It displays it, but it isn't a compass. You can turn around in circles and it won't tell you what direction you are facing until you start to move. As long as you remain in a fairly small area, your Nuvi really doesn't know or care where it's pointed. It's been my experience that it can take a half block or more before it starts to register direction. That can lead to a lot of false starts.

Personally, if I was headed back to Italy, I probably invest in a handheld mapping GPS with electronic compass. Much better when you are doing a lot of walking... much better battery life too.

I set my NUVI 350 navigation mode (vehicle = Pedestrian) and as you say as long as I turned around in circles all I got was dizzy, But when I took less than five steps in any direction, the North indator pointed North and stayed pointing north no matter which direction I moved....

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I have seen the future and it is now!

Thanks

Seems the question was answered

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It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane

Followed link but

When I save the Italy and Venice icons they are only flags and not the photo shown. Is this what they are suppose to be?

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)