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Travel Money in Italy


<h2><strong>What is the local currency in Italy?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR.) One Euro is 0.91 GBP (as of July 27 2020).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2><strong>Do I tip whilst in Italy?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Italy, tipping is accepted and appreciated for exceptional service. However, on most occasions, a ‘round-up’ to the nearest Euro will suffice. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caxton conducted a study on Tipping etiquette, results for Italy show that usually a tip is included in the bill when at a restaurant or cafe, but if the service exceeds expectations - an additional 15% is welcomed. Tipping is not expected when in bars, taxis or for hotel staff, but again greatly appreciated if the service is excellent. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">View our </span><a rel="noopener" href="/travel-money/what-you-need-to-know-about-tipping-on-holiday/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">tipping guide</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for more advice on tipping abroad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2><strong>Using cash in Italy</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When travelling, our experts would recommend always bringing a small amount of cash with you on every trip, for initial taxi transfers or hotel deposits etc. The rest of your travel money should be put onto a </span><a rel="noopener" href="/currency-cards/caxton-currency-account/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caxton multi-currency card</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, for safe and secure spending.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cash is no longer king in Italy (even more so after COVID-19,) and almost all establishments accept credit/debit cards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most international banks and money outlets now charge a fee for using ATM machines, as do most card providers. Taking a travel pre-paid card and a credit card is recommended as Caxton does not charge for international ATM use regardless of sum or number of times, (but check with your card provider about charges.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We would recommend still bringing your bank card on your trip as a backup option. However, if you decide to take your bank card, we recommend telling your bank before you go so the transaction isn’t identified as fraudulent, but be prepared for fees and high exchange rates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All major cards are accepted widely in Italy at key tourist hubs.</span></p> <p> </p> <h2><strong>The price of food and drink in Italy</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a rough guideline, we’ve put together a list of the costs of spending an average day in Italy:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Domestic beer = €4.50</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One-way ticket on local transport = in most Italian cities €1.50</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meal, inexpensive restaurant = €18-20.00</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bottle of wine (mid-range) = €5.00</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bottle of water = €1.00</span></p> <p> </p> <h2><strong>What happens if I have my wallet stolen whilst in Italy?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italy is known to be a safe country with friendly and helpful people, but this shouldn’t stop you from being smart whilst you travel. If the majority of your cash is on a </span><a rel="noopener" href="/currency-cards/caxton-currency-account/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">prepaid card</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, this will be automatically protected. However, in case the worse happens, here are the list of major debit/credit card ‘lost and stolen’ numbers:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">HSBC/First Direct - +44 1442 422929</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Natwest - +44 1268 500 813</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lloyds - +44 1702 278270</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barclays - +442476842099</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Santander - +44 1908 237 963</span></p> <p> </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 235px;" src="https://media.caxtonfx.com/img/1100404/italy-pantheon-rome-travel-money.jpg?width=500&amp;height=235" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/67bce0482b494b7ca1ec62ae8ed92dd7" /></p> <h2><strong>The cost of tourist attractions in Italy</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some examples of Italy's most popular tourist attractions are:</span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colosseum: </span></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For adults, entry costs 12 euros. However for EU-citizens aged between 18-25 there is a reduced fee, and children under 18 and handicapped individuals go for free.</span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaning tower of Pisa:</span></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> You can climb to the top of the Leaning tower of Pisa for 18 euros per head. There are museums surrounding it that do not charge entry, which provide a good viewing platform for the tower - if you do not want to climb it. </span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trevi Fountain:</span></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Trevi fountain is free to visit and accessible to all tourists. </span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pantheon: </span></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Again, entrance is free to the pantheon! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2><strong>What can I do with spare currency in Italy?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whilst in Italy, you may as well spend any remaining Euro, if only small amount, on some traditional Italian souvenirs, such as:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italian pasta</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olive oil</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Espresso cups</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italian cured meats</span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <h2><strong>History of the Euro</strong></h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Euro came into existence on 1 January 1999 - though it had been a goal of the European Union since the 1960s. Notes and coins didn’t begin circulation until 2002. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today the euro is the sole currency of 19 EU member states, with the original dozen being joined by: Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia. These countries constitute the "eurozone".</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rise of the Euro in its short lifespan is remarkable with it now being the second-largest reserve currency as well as the second-most traded currency in the world after the United States dollar.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alternatively, if espresso cups aren't your thing, you can use Caxton’s </span><a rel="noopener" href="/currency-cards/buy-back-guarantee/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">buy back guarantee</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to get rid of any unused Euro. By doing this you ensure that if the exchange rate moves against you, you won't lose out. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="/the-best-prepaid-currency-card-and-account/" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height: 125px;" src="https://mediaumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/img/1099354/caxtoncard-promo-banner-02.png?width=500&amp;height=125" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d2ce56b6d4dd46298f0dcafd9c58b9d8" /></a></p>

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