Money & shopping in Italy

From credit cards, cash, and ATMS to VAT refunds, travelers checks, and customs limits in Italy

Save money on your France vacation (Photo by 401(K) 2012)

Top traveler tips for dealing with money and shopping in Italy

Credit Cards (Photo by Frankieleon)

Using credit cards in Italy

A bancomat (ATM) in Italy (Photo Public Domain)

Using debit cards to get cash at an ATM (bancomat) in Italy

Europe's colorful common currency, the Euro (Photo by José Luis Sánchez Mesa)

The Italian unit of currency is the euro (€)

Changing money (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

How to exchange your dollars for euros at the best rates (and lowest fees) possible in Italy

Credit unions, online banks, and local banks are almost always better than major banks (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett; logos courtesy of the respective business)

Use a credit union, online bank, local bank, or no-fee/low-fee credit card to keep foreign transaction fees (and all other bank fees) to a minimum


A guide to Italian retail therapy: shopping, VAT, haggling, customs, and souvenir-buying in Italy

American Express traveler's cheques in a variety of currencies (Photo )

Why traveler's cheques can sometimes still matter (as a way to carry emergency backup cash) in the age of ATMs and computerized banking

Currency converters links