ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted at most hotels and many restaurants.

ATMs

Bancomats (ATMs) are widely available throughout Tuscany and are the best way to obtain local currency.

Credit Cards

International credit and debit cards can be used at any bancomat displaying the appropriate sign. Cards are also good for payment in most hotels, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and tollbooths.

If your card is lost, stolen or swallowed by an ATM, you can telephone toll free to have an immediate stop put on its use:

American Express 06 7290 0347

Diners Club 800 393939

MasterCard 800 870866

Visa 800 819014

Currency

The euro is Italy's currency. Notes come in denominations of €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and €1, and 50, 20, 10, five, two and one cents.

Exchange Rates

Australia A$1 €0.67
Canada C$1 €0.72
Japan ¥100 €0.76
New Zealand NZ$1 €0.58
UK UK£1 €1.15
US US$1 €0.75

For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.

Moneychangers

You can change money in banks, at the post office or in a cambio (exchange office). Post offices and banks tend to offer the best rates; exchange offices keep longer hours, but watch for high commissions and inferior rates.

Tipping

  • Taxis Round the fare up to the nearest euro.
  • Restaurants Many locals don't tip waiters, but most visitors leave 10% to 15% if there's no service charge.
  • Cafes Leave a coin (as little as €0.10 is acceptable) if you drank your coffee at the counter or 10% if you sat at a table.
  • Hotels Bellhops usually expect €1 to €2 per bag; it's not necessary to tip the concierge, cleaners or front-desk staff.