Money in Italy: coins and how much currency to take with you

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The official currency of Italy is the Euro, which is easier to buy in Russia than taking dollars on a trip and exchanging them there. In this article we will talk about the features of communication with money in Italy and about the prices "on the boot".

Italy is considered one of the most expensive countries for recreation. First, it is connected with the prices, which in this country are the highest in the southern part of Europe.

The second reason is the huge desire of Italians to cash in on tourists. We express our subjective opinion, but in this respect the Italians "outstripped" both Turks and Arabs. About various surprises that can wait for you, we'll talk in the second part of this article.

Euro banknotes in Italy are exactly the same as in other Eurozone countries, Europe's paper money does not differ from one another in different countries. Each country produces only its own coins, one side of which is the same for all, but the second is different for each country.

Recall that all coins of all countries of the Eurozone are liquid means of payment in all countries, that is, in Italy you can pay with any euro coins from any other country.

Italians approached the issue of choosing the design of their coins in a very original way. They held a popular vote, during which everyone could vote for the option they liked with a phone call.

The only coin designed by the authorities was a 1 EUR coin, which depicts the "Vitruvian man" of Leonardo da Vinci's authorship, you can see it in the photo on the left.

This drawing Leonardo made in 1490, during the study of the works of the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius, so this illustration is called.

This is one of the most beautiful coins that are minted in the countries of Europe and quite a good gift to friends and acquaintances. And there is such a souvenir is very inexpensive, only 1 eur. In addition to the usual, on the Apennine peninsula, you can find 13 commemorative coins worth 2 eur, although the probability of them stumble is small. One of them, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration of human rights, you saw at the beginning of this article.

All Italian metal money has its own picture, and in the following table we will present you a free choice of citizens of this country. See and decide for yourself whether you approve the choice of the Italians or not.

This awesome at first glance, the old man lived in the 13-14 century in Florence. This is Dante Alighieri, the famous poet and writer, the author of the work "Divine Comedy", narrating about the journey of the main hero to Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

2 euros is the largest coin with a diameter of 25.75 millimeters and weighing 8.5 grams.

The most common coin worth 1 euro depicts the creation of Leonardo da Vinci. It is famous for being both a work of art and a scientific work at the same time.

In this work, Leonardo defined the proportions of the human body and depicted them in artistic work.

Coins in 50 European cents a little more in size than even 1 euro, and the thickness of 2.38 mm they have more than the 2-euro.

The obverse depicts the ancient Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, or rather his statue on the horse, which now stands in Rome. The bronze statue is famous for its very ancient, it was cast in 160th year even in the times of ancient Rome and perfectly preserved.

On a round with a denomination of 20 cents, a sculpture in the style of modernism is depicted. Very few people recognize it except the educated Italians.

This is the most famous work of the Italian sculptor Umberto Boccioni, who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. You will not be able to see this work during your visit to Italy, as it is exhibited in New York. It is called "Unique forms of continuity in space."

This image will seem familiar to many people, the 10-cent coin depicts the head of Venus from the painting "Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli.

You can see the picture completely in Florence in the Uffizi Gallery.

This symbol of Italy is recognized by almost everyone. The Roman amphitheater of the Colosseum is depicted on a coin of 5 cents exactly as you can see it now in Rome.

Note that the 5 cents coin is slightly larger than the 10-cent coin, but differs in color, since it is made of steel, topped with copper.

On a coin worth 2 cents, one of the symbols of the city of Turin, the tower of the Mole Antonelliana, is depicted. This is a very interesting building, it remained the highest in Italy until 2011.

The smallest coin, both in size and at face value, contains the image of Castel del Monte, which is located in the south of Italy. It is located near the resort of Rimini , and is very popular with tourists.

Coins of 1, 2 and 5 cents, or as the Italians themselves call them "centimes" are rare, because Italians like to round prices. In Italian, "sento" means one hundred, hence the name. However, the very word cent is derived from the Latin "centum".

In what form is it better to take the currency to Italy

We advise buying cash euros in Russia and going to the Apennine peninsula with them. Cash is always in the price and some retail outlets make discounts to buyers in this case, as for any transfer of money by credit card a commission is charged.

Credits in Italy can be used, but do not forget about the possible costs. Firstly, the bank will convert money from rubles on your card into euros, and will do so at its own internal rate and, possibly, with the commission. The internal course is not always profitable, an example in the photo on the right.

Secondly, the bank may charge another commission for international transfer, which is also very unpleasant. And if you go to withdraw money through an ATM, another commission for cashing can be withheld.

All the conditions for using Visa and Mastercard cards abroad are better to be specified in your bank in advance, so you do not have to be surprised.

Another problem faced by some tourists is the blocking of cards when making international payments, as Russian banks are now suspicious of such operations. In this case, you will have to call home and explain that you are in Italy and want to withdraw money from a credit card, and pay for international negotiations.

Prices in Italy, what is the cost

Wishing to have a drink for a small fee, we would not advise to go to Italy. The prices for running costs here are quite high. There is no "all-inclusive" here, and the room rate includes, usually, only breakfast.

If you want to dine in a restaurant, and not very pathos, then dinner will cost about 50 euros per person. A snack with a slice of pizza in the eatery costs 4 euros, and in eateries you can rarely buy something else. A bottle of drinking water costs 1 euro.

If you buy food in an ordinary supermarket, then you can keep in a more modest amount, and eat for 10-15 euros per day per person.

In the photo on the left is a menu of inexpensive institutions, a serving of pasta costs 6-8 euros. Have to stock up the currency for running costs.

Separately it is necessary to tell that on sea resorts the payment for use of sun loungers and umbrellas is raised. For a lounger you have to pay 5 euros a day, and the umbrella will cost another 10 units of the European currency. Tourists, accustomed to Turkey and Egypt to the fact that all this is issued for free, it often shocking.

Unpleasant moments, or about what else you can get money from

The first warning is for shoppers. In 2005, a very strict law was passed to counteract the spread of counterfeits of well-known brands. If you get a fake, you may well be arrested and fined, which can reach 10,000 euros.

Conclusions: always ask the seller for a check and keep it for the rest of the trip. If you buy a fake, then the check automatically takes you from the status of the offender to the status of the victim.

If you book a hotel yourself, then be sure to ask what exactly is included in the price?

First, is VAT included in the price? He is called Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto (IVA), he is often liked to add to the account at the last minute.

Secondly, find out if breakfast is included in the room price? Since it may well offer you, and add its price (obviously too high) to the bill when you leave.

The next legal way to take money from tourists is the "tourist tax". It must be paid when leaving the hotel, in the bill it will be listed as a separate line. Usually, it is 5 euros per night, but it can be higher depending on which city you are staying in.

During the excursions you will be offered many additional services, for example, to hear the guide well, you will be recommended to rent headphones, and the guides themselves try to speak quietly so that the service is more in demand. Particularly relevant are additional services in Venice.

Restaurants in tourist places like to take extra charge for sitting down at a table, and sometimes the price can exceed the cost of food you eat.

Restaurants like to call themselves a loud phrase "La squisita cucina", which translates as "author's cuisine", although nothing particularly interesting in their dishes there. But this makes it possible to inflate prices.

Some cafes and restaurants include a maintenance fee, usually 10%, which in the bill take a separate line. Information on additional services in the restaurant like to publish only in Italian, not bothering to translate even into English. Be vigilant, applicants for your currency in your pocket in Italy will be many.

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