money matters

Travellers Cheques

If you are worried about security, then traveller’s cheques are the safest method of taking money abroad. They can only be used by the purchaser and if lost or stolen, they will be refunded.   Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, hotels and some
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Italian Post Offices

You can pay most bills at the post office in Italy – similar to that in the UK. Opening times are normally; Monday to Friday, 8.15am-2pm and Saturday 8.15am to noon (sometimes a bit longer, depending on the region). Please note that stamps can also be bought from
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Italian Cashline Machines

In Italy these machines are called ATM’s, Bancomats or Postamats. The exchange rate for credit cards is pegged to an inter-bank rate that changes daily and is always better than the rate you will get for exchanging cash or travellers cheques. Before travelling abroad, you should
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Italian Banks

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
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Italian Currency

It is recommended that you either exchange your money into Euros prior to arriving in Italy and or use your credit card whilst shopping as it has more favourable exchange rates.     
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Money Matters Overview

The currency in Italy used to be lira (plural lire) ,but since January 2002,  the unit of currency has been the euro (€) divided into 100 cents. Major international credit cards are accepted in the majority of hotels, restaurants and supermarkets but some smaller stores etc still
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