Italian Currency

Find out what currency is used in Italy, tips and tricks for Italian currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise euro card.
Italian currency

What is the currency in Italy?

The currency in Italy is the euro. Each euro is divided into 100 cents.

When you’re buying currency for Italy, look out for the currency code EUR. And once you’re in Italy, you’ll see the symbol € used to show prices.

You’ll find Euro banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 - although the 200 and 500 EUR notes are seldom used. There are also 1 and 2 euro coins.

Cents come in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.

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Use the Wise euro card to spend in Italian currency.

The Wise euro travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to euro to spend when you’re in Italy. You’ll get the best rate for spending in euro - and can also hold and spend 40+ other currencies with the same card.

Get your Wise travel money card online for free, to send and spend money around the world at the real exchange rate.

Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.

You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.

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Italian currency card

Tips for exchanging currency in Italy.

Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money.
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Choose to be charged in Italy currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, euro - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Avoid changing currency at airports or hotels.
Currency exchange desks at airports and hotels often markup the exchange rates they use, and may charge hidden fees. Avoid this expensive option whenever you can.
Use the Wise debit card to spend in Italy without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in euro, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Italy.

Paying by credit or debit card in Italy

If you're in a major town or city, paying by credit or debit card should pose no problem.

However if you're adventuring deep into the countryside, check if card payments are possible before you sit down to your plate of pasta.

ATMs in Italy

Cash machines are called Bancomat in Italy - and can be found easily in Italian cities and towns.

Smaller and more rural towns and villages may not have ATM services available, though, so keep cash handy when in remote areas. Most ATMs will have a withdrawal limit of around EUR250.

To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Italy, don’t forget to use the Wise travel money card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.

spending money in Italy

Italian currency services.

Convert GBP to euro

Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in euro and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.

Send money to Italy

Need to send GBP to Italy? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to Italy.

See the best euro exchange rates

Compare live euro exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

Italian currency FAQs.

Get your Wise debit card and save on your trip to Italy

Spend smart, save money. Avoid sneaky bank fees when travelling, with Wise.

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