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The Low Down on Italian Currency



Currency code:


Central Bank:

European Central Bank

Currency symbol:

Currency sub unit:


Currency sub unit symbol:


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 *

How many Euros will I need?**

Please select your budget above.

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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
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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 Buy Euro online is easy

Order Buy Euro online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

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

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

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

Travelling to Italy in the Future?

Travelling to Italy in the Future?

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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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Ordered online

Ordered online. Cash was ready and available as stayed. Staff helpful and knowledgeable


The person working at Travelex was very…

The person working at Travelex was very good and showed us how to look for counterfeit money. The only thing I didn't think was good was the lack of small notes available. While we were given a solution it involved going to the airport and obtaining smaller notes with a receipt. Even a couple of smaller notes would have been good at the point of purchase.

Catherine Broadley

Lina was very helpful and friendly

Lina was very helpful and friendly. At Adelaide Airport


Cash arrived a little earlier: good!

Cash arrived a little earlier than hoped, which made all the difference. Thanks: simple, easy and convenient.

Ivan Trundle

Excellent service

Excellent service, our requested currency was at the pick up point at the time requested, we could not ask for better.

Neville Paterson

Great service

Great service, staff at pick up office very professional and polite

jason robert hollie

Not too bad

Not too bad. Exchange rate was better than others. Could do without the $10 collection fee though. I would use again

Ron Payne

Takes fuss out of currency exchange

Travelex is a very easy-to-use, trustworthy and convenient service to store foreign cash with and works everywhere around the world. Would highly recommend to everyone.

Sebastian Senff

Aside from waiting 30 minutes to be…

Aside from waiting 30 minutes to be served because the customers ahead of me seem to have taken the travelex lady hostage the service was good!

Sheree Moore

Easy to use

Easy to use. What you see is what you get. Fast delivery.


Friendly and helpful

Friendly and helpful. Money arrived promptly.

Thomas Burton

The process is easy and the delivery…

The process is easy and the delivery quick. The exchange rate could be marginally better but it is not ridiculous.

James Roose

No Hassles Getting Foreign Cash and Money Cards

The exchange rate offered was marginally better than the others that we looked at. The required identification and the process were explained; and the money/cards were available when and where they said they would be.


Ordered Japanese Yen online

Ordered Japanese Yen online, great rate and speedy delivery to the store for pickup. Definitely do again and recommend.

Lisa Jones

Easy to arrange and everything went…

Easy to arrange and everything went smoothly


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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.