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Travel Advice

Banking Hours

Banks in Italy are open Monday through Friday from 8:35 a.m to 1:35 p.m and from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m in many tourist areas they are open no-stop from 8.30 a.m to 4p.m and closed all day on Saturday and Sunday and on national holidays. The afternoon one hour opening may vary from city to city.

Credit & debit cards in Italy

Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, as well as Eurocheque cards. Check with your credit or debit card company for merchant acceptability and other facilities that may be available. The ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) in Italy are known as Bancomat. There are many to be found in the large cities and even in small towns. Using a credit card, or even better, a debit card or your local bank ATM card is very easy.

Travellers cheques

Travellers cheques are accepted almost everywhere. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. In major Italian cities and tourist areas traveler checks are accepted. Travelers checks can be exchanged for Euro at most hotels and shops and at the foreign exchange offices in main railway stations and at the airports. 

Useful Things to Take
  • Valid passport or identity card
  • Tickets and reservations
  • Insurance documents
  • Money, travelerís cheques and credit cards
  • Personal medicine or medical prescriptions
  • EHIC-Card form (for citizens from EU countries)
  • Euros-many, many businesses in Italy do not accept credit cards, even in big tourist destinations like Rome and Venice.
What to Wear

Italians dress stylishly and conservatively when visiting famed national landmarks, religious sites and museums. Follow their example, but be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, especially when clambering over ruins or touring those long, marble-floored museum galleries. Both men and women should dress modestly - no bare arms, no shorts or short skirts - when visiting churches or religious institutions. A shawl or scarf is handy, especially in summer, to cover bare arms or a low neckline. Pack sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses for protection at outdoor attractions.

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