In Italy the best way to get cash is with your ATM card. You can use it at Bancomats (cash machines found outside banks) or Postamats (cash machines found outside the post office). It is difficult to find places to change traveler’s checks or cash and the exchange rate you’ll get is usually bad.
Cash machines in Italy do not charge a fee but your bank probably adds on a flat fee for foreign exchange, a percentage of the amount you get, or both. Some banks charge more than others so it’s a good idea to check before you go, so you can get a card with a better rate if needed. At the time of writing, Capital One online banking ATM cards can be used in Italian cash machines with no fee. Also many credit unions do not charge a fee.
Another option is a pre-paid cash card that you can use to get money from a cash machine.
Before You Leave Home:
Note: It’s a good idea to have some cash with you. You’ll need cash for lots of little things like buying a coffee at the bar, taking a city bus or metro, or even sometimes for using a public toilet. You will probably not be able to use your ATM card in stores to pay for purchases. You might not be able to use your credit card everywhere either. See more about credit cards in Italy.