i am planning a trip mostly in italy with a little time in prague and vienna. i plan on backpacking with my brother and we are very concerned about having to carry all our money on us for the duration of the trip. we have looked into several different types of money concealing devices, but we plan on having around 8000-10000 euros for our time in europe. i have been to italy before and am aware that cash is the easiest and widely used form of currency, which is why i would prefer to use visa for emergencies. i am a big rick steves fan so i am aware that getting a local debit card is probably the best way to go. i was wondering how easy it is to set up a bank account in italy? as well as once it is set up, how common are banks throughout italy? i am also wondering if it is better to just leave my money in my local bank and just use my current debit card to make periodic large withdraws as i need it? i am a little concerned that doing it that way with leave me with large withdraw and exchange fees. any tips on handling my money in the safest and preferably cheapest manner would be very much appreciated.