Venice is one of the finest travel destinations in the world. Thousands of visitors come here every year. There are Venice attractions to see, restaurants and bars to visit, and local shops to attend. The truth is, you'll need money for all these things. The good news is money is easy to manage in Venice, and here's our Venice money guide with local tips & tricks.
Euro is Italy's official currency, like most European Union countries. If traveling from outside the Eurozone, plan a currency exchange in advance. You can do it in your home country or on the spot in Venice. Although there are a few, there are still places in Venice that take cash only. Besides, tips in restaurants and cafés are usually in cash.
Luckily, there are more than enough places for currency exchange in Venice. You can find all of them on our interactive Venice map. You can search for the banks, but the rates are usually lower than ATMs. The currency exchange offices are another solution. Yet, the rates are less competitive, and the fees are typically high. We don't recommend exchanging money or withdrawing cash at the airport or a train station. The rates and fees there are unreasonably high.
Carrying a bit of cash in Venice is a good idea. You never know which service or place will require it. The most convenient way to withdraw money is to use an ATM. There are many ATMs throughout the city, and you can find them with the help of our Venice map. Just type in the word "bancomat" and choose the closest one.
ATMs in Venice accept most foreign cards, mainly Visa or Mastercard. But it's always best to check with your bank before traveling. Some banks may block overseas transactions for security reasons if not informed beforehand. You'll have to identify your card as international at certain ATMs, but that's a standard procedure.
Venice is mostly a safe city to explore, but with money, you should beware of the scammers! Do not engage with street vendors offering to exchange money at an attractive rate and low fee.
When leaving, sometimes you can get a tax return on your purchases in Venice. It is valid for those traveling to most non-EU countries. You can find more information on the procedure on our web or HERE.