Banks and post offices tend to offer the best rates, followed by exchange offices and hotels. Some ‘bureaux de change’ offer commission-free facilities, but check first that the rate of exchange is not higher than that of the banks.
When entering banks in Italy, you often have to put your handbag/bag in a locker so be sure to take out your purse or wallet and your passport plus anything else that you think you might need before going through the doors.
Many banks have a unique system to get inside, once you are through the main doors, there is often another set of doors or in some cases, the equivalent of a glass cylinder where you then have to press a button (located to the side of this cylinder), in order for the first door to slide open. Once you enter, the door closes behind you and you wait a few moments encased in this ‘test-tube’ (whilst your are being scanned/weighed??) and then the door in front of you slides open and you can then walk into the bank and wait in a queue.
Bank opening times are generally Monday to Friday – 8am-1.30pm and again from 3pm-4pm (afternoon opening times may vary from region to region).
Banks at airports and main stations usually have longer opening hours and are open at weekends.