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Foreign Exchange Guide to Italy

Read this currency guide to Italy with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/EUR=0.8843]

Italy
Country Code:
IT
Domestic Currency:
Euro
Symbol - Code:
€ EUR
Telephone Prefix:
+39

This is a foreign exchange guide to Italy, the Euro currency plus EUR transfers and travel tips.


In this Italy currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Euro info - general info about the Euro
  2. Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Italy - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Italy
  5. Sending money to Italy - save on Euro bank transfers to Italy
  6. Euro exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. EUR News - the latest Euro related articles from our blog.

Euro (EUR) general currency information


What is the Euro currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR and the symbol is .


Which countries use the Euro?

It is the domestic currency in Eurozone, Aaland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Southern Territories, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Vatican City, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Reunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre And Miquelon, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.

The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.

Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.

Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.

There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.


Euro (EUR) in the markets

The euro is heading higher, experts said in November.

Increasingly, complications over Brexit are seen to be a UK problem; less so for the euro area.

With this in mind, and despite disappointing economic data of late, Citibank is confident of a long-term move in EUR/USD to $1.3, from $1.139 at the time of this report (November-21). “Underpinned by the less accommodative policies of the ECB,” the euro will most likely achieve this target, which represents a 14 percent gain, before the end of 2019, Citi has said.

Relative to the pound, the euro had recovered in the days leading up to this report into the £0.89s, from the mid-£0.86s. With political turmoil in the UK, there is room for the exchange rate to reach £0.92 in the months ahead, a Nordea Markets analyst believes. A return to £0.92 would take EUR/GBP back to levels not seen since September 2017.

For EUR/CHF, which averaged Fr1.137 in the weeks leading up to this report, a 5.5 percent rise to Fr1.2 is due sometime within the next 6-12 months, per analysts at Danske Bank.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to EUR exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USDEUR currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Italy

 

Italy’s legendary food, evocative countryside, plethora of excellent wine, and prominent long history make it a wonderful country to visit.

The Italian language is famed for its romance, beauty and musicality, so learning a few words to get by on during your trip will never go to waste. It'll be appreciated by the Italians, even if they do reply in English - they like to practice what they've learnt too. Once there you'll notice that the Italian's love to wave their hands around when talking and these gestures are far from random. Italian's apparently use more than 250 hand gestures in everyday conversations and the more common one's such as - finger in the dimple of the cheek meaning "delicious" are worth learning for fun.

Some Italians still take a siesta during the day from 2-4 pm. It is somewhat of a past tradition but some of the shops still close and it’s best not to call on an Italian, as they might be having a nap.

LIke in any big city, stay alert while in the Italian big cities as theft, bag snatching and breaking into cars is common. Theft is also common on trains – day and night, so keep your eyes peeled. Try to avoid carrying passports, credit cards, travel tickets and cash together in handbags or pockets. Only carry with you what you need for the day and make use of safety deposit facilities in hotels.

Accommodation in Italy is not cheap, but there are plenty of options from 5 star hotels to airbnb and hostels.

The best way to get around Italy is via their extensive train network. Fast trains (Eurostar) cost between 35-65 EUR per trip. The slower regional trains cost between 6-23 EUR per trip. These are a fabulous option if you have the time and enjoy the views.

Public transport are at a good price, and of course now there are cheap flights in Europe that can save you a lot of time.

Rome is a stunning city, try to find a rooftop bar such as the Grand hotel de la Minerve, to enjoy sunset and gorgeous view. You can just walk around old city and catch all the sights if you have a decent map to follow.

Venice is beautiful and unique, but is so full of tourists you may find it a bit claustrophobic. it's a much more pleasant and romantic place to visit in the winter when the throngs of tourists thins out a little. You can see what you need to within a few days, unless you know some locals.

Renting a car is a good option, as you can drive across Italy within a few hours.

 

Travel money for Italy

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 

Compare USD to EUR Travel Money Exchange Rates vs the Banks

ProvidersAmount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostCurrency ServicesDelivery SpeedReviewsDeal Links
Wells Fargo Bank logo
827.90 EUR
Top Provider
0.8448$206.38%Branch pickupn/a
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
827.80 EUR
EUR0.1 less
0.8363$106.39%Branch pickupn/a
U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank logo
827.70 EUR
EUR0.2 less
0.827706.4%Branch pickupn/a
Travelex Online US logo
822.70 EUR
EUR5.2 less
0.82270^6.97%Online order, Home delivery2-3 days
 
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8448 (4.47% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:827.90 EUR
Total Cost:6.38%
Time:12:07 Local
Delivery Speed:n/a
Currency Services:Branch pickup
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo

Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7738 (12.5% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:827.80 EUR
Total Cost:6.39%
Delivery Speed:n/a
Currency Services:Branch pickup
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.8277 (6.4% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:827.70 EUR
Total Cost:6.4%
Time:12:07 Local
Delivery Speed:n/a
Currency Services:Branch pickup
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.8227 (6.97% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:822.70 EUR
Total Cost:6.97%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Dec 15 2018 10:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Delivery Speed:2-3 days
Currency Services:Online order, Home delivery
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Rates @ 12/15/2018.
Total Cost = Fee + exchange rate margin vs USD/EUR mid-rate: 0.8843
 

Italy Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare EUR travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Italy
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Italy

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Italy you need to start with finding out the latest Euro foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

What is house-price growth in Italy?

Today, while house price growth remains flat across the majority of Italy, in parts of the Italian Riviera they have grown by as much as 5 percent a year since 2016.

What are the costs of buying property in Italy?

Total purchase costs, including notary, agency fees and property taxes, come to approximately 10-12 percent. Property tax is 2 percent of value on primary residences and 9 percent on second homes. Many properties in Italy require restoration, which costs around €2,000 per square meter.

Are there property taxes for foreigners in Italy?

A twice-yearly property tax is payable on non-primary residences. Stamp duty is 9 percent for non-residents.

What is the Italian flat-tax deal for foreigners?

Italy has been trying to lure wealthy foreigners: in 2017 it introduced a flat tax of €100,000 on worldwide income.


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Italy

When sending money to Italy it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Italy.

Use our Send to EUR calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 

Compare USD to EUR Foreign Transfers vs the Banks

ProvidersAmount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostTransfer ServicesTransfer SpeedReviewsDeal Links
WorldFirst logo
8,704 EUR
Top Provider
0.870401.57%Online, Bank Transfers1-2 days
 
OFX logo
8,708 EUR
EUR4 more
0.87080^1.53%Online, Bank Transfers1-2 days
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
8,527.62 EUR
EUR176 less
0.8543183.57%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
HSBC logo
8,521.2 EUR
EUR183 less
0.8534$153.64%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
8469.21 EUR
EUR235 less
0.8519154.23%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Bank of America
Bank of America logo
8,414.01 EUR
EUR290 less
0.8499$1004.85%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank logo
8,414.01 EUR
EUR290 less
0.8499$1004.85%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.8704 (1.57% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,704 EUR
Total Cost:1.57%
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Online, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8708 (1.53% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,708 EUR
Total Cost:1.53%
Difference:
EUR4 EUR more than using WorldFirst
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Dec 15 2018 10:02:23 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Online, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:0.8543 (3.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,527.62 EUR
Total Cost:3.57%
Difference:
EUR176 EUR less than using WorldFirst
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8534 (3.49% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,521.2 EUR
Total Cost:3.64%
Difference:
EUR183 EUR less than using WorldFirst
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo

Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.8482 (4.08% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8469.21 EUR
Total Cost:4.23%
Difference:
EUR235 EUR less than using WorldFirst
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8499 (3.89% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,414.01 EUR
Total Cost:4.85%
Difference:
EUR290 EUR less than using WorldFirst
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8499 (3.89% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,414.01 EUR
Total Cost:4.85%
Difference:
EUR290 EUR less than using WorldFirst
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Rates @ 12/15/2018.
Total Cost = Fee + exchange rate margin vs USD/EUR mid-rate: 0.8843
 

Popular EUR cross rates


EUR/USD - Euro to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
15 Dec 20181.1309Latest
08 Dec 20181.13851 Week-0.67%
15 Nov 20181.13251 Month-0.14%
18 Jun 20181.16306 Months-2.76%
15 Dec 20171.17561 Year-3.8%
15 Dec 20161.04202 Years+8.53%
16 Dec 20131.37615 Years-17.82%
17 Dec 20081.431610 Years-21%

EUR/GBP - Euro to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
15 Dec 20180.8983Latest
08 Dec 20180.89431 Week+0.45%
15 Nov 20180.88711 Month+1.26%
18 Jun 20180.87726 Months+2.41%
15 Dec 20170.88241 Year+1.8%
15 Dec 20160.83872 Years+7.11%
16 Dec 20130.84445 Years+6.38%
17 Dec 20080.929310 Years-3.34%

EUR/JPY - Euro to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
15 Dec 2018128.2790Latest
08 Dec 2018128.34141 Week-0.05%
15 Nov 2018128.61441 Month-0.26%
18 Jun 2018128.08956 Months+0.15%
15 Dec 2017132.35721 Year-3.08%
15 Dec 2016122.58082 Years+4.65%
16 Dec 2013141.87305 Years-9.58%
17 Dec 2008125.945910 Years+1.85%

EUR/AUD - Euro to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
15 Dec 20181.5752Latest
08 Dec 20181.57941 Week-0.27%
15 Nov 20181.55781 Month+1.12%
18 Jun 20181.57096 Months+0.27%
15 Dec 20171.53741 Year+2.46%
15 Dec 20161.41492 Years+11.33%
16 Dec 20131.53905 Years+2.35%
17 Dec 20082.058910 Years-23.49%

EUR/CAD - Euro to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
15 Dec 20181.5135Latest
08 Dec 20181.51681 Week-0.22%
15 Nov 20181.49151 Month+1.48%
18 Jun 20181.53656 Months-1.5%
15 Dec 20171.51271 Year+0.05%
15 Dec 20161.38532 Years+9.25%
16 Dec 20131.45775 Years+3.83%
17 Dec 20081.723710 Years-12.19%

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