Just returned from my Western Mediterranean cruise through the various ports/cities of Italy, utilizing WIND (Italy) Sim card on my unlocked Telus (Cdn) Samsung Galaxy.
1. Arriving Venice, and found the first local TIM dealer east of the Railway Station but it would not honor me the €10 Tim card as mentioned in the various Italian forums, offering stead a €30 deal. Walked away.
2. Got lost in the nearby Grand Canal in the dark but found a WIND store that offered me a 20€ deal (own Italian #; 1G; 250m talking; 250 Text for a month; 5€ credit); paid in cash showing my driver ID.
Got confirmation/instruction Txt 9AM next morning to activate the card
** The 3G internet worked well in Italy, even on my many train/bus trips, allowing tethering
** Voice Call also got through to reach the Cdn Embassy after hours recorded msg.
** did not try Txting Italian #,
but Txt to Wife (in trip with me) Cdn # phone: sent; but not received;
same for my son in Canada not receiving many Txt msg sent to him.
3. Received many Txt Msgs WIND sent me in Italian for the balance of trip (Montenegro, Greece, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Barcelona) offering me some kind deals that I did not understand and maybe have failed to take advantage of. (Nonetheless, the Florence WIND store informed me my plan would cost .19 per kilo( 190 Per MB) outside Italy.)
4. While waiting for the confirmation and trying the free wifi in the Venice Cruise Port, I found a Vodafone store giving away a limited number of SIM cards (€10 value) for the day which my other shipmate was happy to have and has enjoyed during the the cruise.