ATMs at Naples' Capodichino airport and major train stations; widely available in towns and cities. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
The seven euro notes come in denominations of €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5. The eight euro coins are in denominations of €2 and €1, and €0.50, €0.20, €0.10, €0.05, €0.02 and €0.01.
Credit & Debit Cards
Bancomats (ATMs) are widely available throughout Campania and are the best way to obtain local currency. International credit and debit cards can be used in any Bancomat displaying the appropriate sign. Cards are also good for payment in most hotels, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and tollbooths.
Check any charges with your bank. Most banks now build a fee of around 3% into every foreign transaction. In addition, ATM withdrawals can attract a further fee, usually around 1.5%.
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:
Amex 800 928 391
MasterCard 800 870 866
Visa 800 819 014
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
You can change money in banks, at the post office or in a cambio (currency-exchange bureau). Post offices and banks tend to offer the best rates; currency-exchange bureaus keep longer hours, but watch out for high commissions and inferior rates.
Tipping is generally optional.
- Bars Neapolitans usually place a €0.10 coin on the bar when ordering their coffee; if drinks are brought to your table, leave a small tip.
- Hotels Tip porters about €5 at high-end hotels.
- Restaurants If servizio (service) is not included on your bill, leave a euro or two in pizzerias, or 10% of the bill in restaurants.
- Taxis Most people round up to the nearest euro.