Which currency will I be using in Italy?

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jefuchs
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Which currency will I be using in Italy?

Post by jefuchs » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:56 pm

I'm confused about the status of the Euro as the official currency in Italy. I thought all nations had made the switch, but I see news stories reporting that Italians are clinging to the Lira, and unwilling to use Euros.

Which will I need to use, or can I use both? There will be enough confusion without adding a third currency to the mix! :|

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Post by Ember » Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:36 pm

You can't use Lira anymore, you need Euro :)
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Re: Which currency will I be using in Italy?

Post by Roby » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:59 pm

jefuchs wrote:I'm confused about the status of the Euro as the official currency in Italy. I thought all nations had made the switch, but I see news stories reporting that Italians are clinging to the Lira, and unwilling to use Euros.

Which will I need to use, or can I use both? There will be enough confusion without adding a third currency to the mix! :|
Jeff,

The currency now used in Italy is the Euro. The Euro is used just like the dollar. The denominations of the currency are as follows:

Coins:

1 Cent
2 Cent
5 Cent
10 Cent
20 Cent
50 Cent
1 Euro
2 Euro

100 cents = 1 Euro

1, 2, and 5 cent are a copper color similar to our penny
10, 20, and 50 cent are a gold color
1, and 2 Euro are a gold and nickel color.

Paper/ Notes

5 Euro
10 Euro
20 Euro
50 Euro
100 Euro
200 Euro
500 Euro

Note: All the paper denominations are different colors.

The money can be used in all the countries using Euro. There is a little list of countries using the Euro at the link below.

If you want to take a look at the money here is the link.

http://www.edenbridgetown.com/travel/euro_money.shtml

I hope that this is helpful

Roby

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Post by Rolly » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:35 am

The simplest, and possibly cheapest, way to convert your currency is to use the "hole-in-the-wall" viz. ATM, known in Italy as "Bancomat". They are everywhere, even in the smallest of towns. Italy has taken to them like it has the GSM "cellulare". Absolutely ubiquetous.
So take along your plastic cards, possibly with reduced spending limits for additional security, and buy yourself a "telefonino"( mobile telephone) with a local number (very cheap these days) when you get there if you intend to spend a longish time in Europe.
But, above all, enjoy your contact with a very different but beautiful culture.
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Re: Which currency will I be using in Italy?

Post by keithatengagedthinking » Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:07 pm

I'm sure many Italians wish they could still use the their lire! :)

Just the other day one of my friends was saying how he wished it would come back...

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Post by miwi » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:22 pm

Hi everybody !

I totally subscribe your friend line Keith !
I too whish lira could be back. Maybe something would remain into my poket at the end of the month ..........



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Post by Roby » Fri Dec 08, 2006 5:57 pm

miwi wrote:Hi everybody !

I totally subscribe your friend line Keith !
I too whish lira could be back. Maybe something would remain into my poket at the end of the month ..........



Michele

Hi Michele,

I hope you don't mind the corrections to your reply.

I totally agree with your friend's line Keith

I too, wish that the lira could return. Maybe, I would have something left in my pocket at the end of the month.

Roby

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Post by miwi » Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:17 pm

Roby wrote: Hi Michele,

I hope you don't mind the corrections to your reply.

I totally agree with your friend's line Keith

I too, wish that the lira could return. Maybe, I would have something left in my pocket at the end of the month.

Roby
No, no, of course not !
Thanks a lot.
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Re: Which currency will I be using in Italy?

Post by PaoloM » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:35 pm

jefuchs wrote:I'm confused about the status of the Euro as the official currency in Italy. I thought all nations had made the switch, but I see news stories reporting that Italians are clinging to the Lira, and unwilling to use Euros.

Which will I need to use, or can I use both? There will be enough confusion without adding a third currency to the mix! :|
No one accepts Liras in Italy today.
You absolutely need Euros.
In Italy somebody looks back with nostalgia on the Liras, and some political parties say it was a mistake to introduce the Euro, but this doesn't mean that anyone would ever accept to be paid in Liras!

ps is the bold character construction right in English? :?:

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Re: Which currency will I be using in Italy?

Post by timLA » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:18 pm

this doesn't mean that anyone would ever accept to be paid in Liras!

Let's try a few different ways:

...this doesn't mean that anyone would accept Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would accept the Lira!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would ever accept Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would accept payment in Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would ever accept payment in Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would want to be paid in Liras!

I think this covers all the possibilities based on the words you used in your sentence.
Una mucca dice all'altra "Hai letto della "mucca pazza"? L'altra dice "Sì, ho sentito. Che fortuna che io sono un pinguino!

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Post by PaoloM » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:20 pm

thanks :wink:

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Re: Which currency will I be using in Italy?

Post by Massimo » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:53 pm

[quote="timLA"]


...this doesn't mean that anyone would accept Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would accept the Lira!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would ever accept Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would accept payment in Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would ever accept payment in Liras!
...this doesn't mean that anyone would want to be paid in Liras!

Che nostalgia davvero! Una volta 1000 euro erano quasi due milioni di lire, un ottimo stipendio! Oggi si fa davvero fatica ad arrivare a fine mese con 1000 euro :cry:
Massimo

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