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The Low Down on Italian Currency



Currency code:


Central Bank:

European Central Bank

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Currency sub unit:


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Bank notes:

€5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500


1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

The official currency of Italy is the euro and abbreviated to the currency code EUR.

The euro has been the official currency of Italy since 2002. Prior to this, the currency of Italy was the lira.

The lira was used in Italy between 1861 and 2002; and between 1999 and 2002, the Italian lira was officially a national subunit of the euro.

1 Euro is divided into 100 cents, while the most commonly-used bills for the euro are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes.

What to spend your euros on**:

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    Loaf of fresh bread

    1.50 EUR *

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    1.30 EUR *

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    Affordable meal

    15 EUR *

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    Gondola ride in Venice

    80 EUR *

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    Monthly train pass

    35 EUR *

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Must-sees in Itlay

  • Venice
  • There is undeniable beauty in a city built on the water, but there's more to Venice than the gondola rides down the canal system its picturesque landmarks sit on. Explore the city's lesser-visited wine bars and squares for a robust Venetian experience.
  • Rome
  • The allure of Rome in all its ancient glory is undeniable; whether you're wandering the Spanish Steps, taking in the Trevi Fountain or touring the ornate halls of Vatican City.
  • Cinque Terre
  • Possibly one of the world’s most picturesque locations; the colourful terraces embedded into cliffs, crystal blue waters and charming villages that adorn this coastline are well worth the trip.

Buying Euro online is easy

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  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Euro Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
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  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQ Relating to Italian Currency

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  • What credit cards are accepted in Italy?

    Most credit cards are widely accepted in Italy with VISA™ and MasterCard™ being accepted in most outlets. American Express and Diners are less-widely accepted.

  • What was the former currency of Italy?

    Prior to the euro, the official currency of Italy was the Italian lira.

  • What is the conversion rate of lira to euro?

    According to the European Central bank, as of 31st December 2018, the conversion was 1936.27 lira to 1 EUR.

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