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Can you use US Dollars in Italy???

We are going to Italy next month on the Disney cruise. The Disney cruise representative told me they accept US Dollars over there, so we do not have to convert any money to Euros. Does anyone know if this is true??
If not, should we convert our money into Euros before we get to Italy, or do it once there?

Posted by
104 posts

No they will not in most places accept the US dollar especially since the dollar has less value than the Euro and it is expensive for them to exchange them.

Once you arrive go to an ATM and withdraw your Euro's - Contact your card holder for more info
on pin numbers and exchange rates/fees etc.

Posted by
8700 posts

If by "accept" you mean merchants taking your dollars and giving you change in euros, I wouldn't count on it. Besides, why should you assume that they will be happy doing so? It's certain to be a headache for them when they deal with their own bank. On the other hand, while you can easily find official places (like exchange bureaus) to exchange dollars for euros, the fees will be high. The cheapest way to get euros is from ATMs in Europe. However, there are some important things to do BEFORE leaving home to be sure your card will work in Europe. Read this article by RS: www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/moneytip.htm.

Posted by
204 posts

Disney tours do accept dollars in Italy and elsewhere. In fact, the purser makes quite a good income from people who do so, an average of 12%. Mighty expensive way to get Euros. Take a hundred dollars or so in Euros if you must (you can get them from your bank) then use you debit or check or ATM card to get more. BUT NOT your credit card. Don't take traveler's check unless, again, you want to pay very high fees. And do not use Cambios, again, high rates. Use the ATMs at banks.

Posted by
423 posts

The only place that takes your US dollars is the bank - I just exchanged some emergency cash to get me through the rest of m trip. The rate was 1.36 - better than the exchange place that was giving 1.51.

Posted by
683 posts

Altho some places accept $, nobody is happy to do so.
There is a bank charge to convert $ to real money. Get Euros bcuz even if you CAN use $, you will pay an additional charge to cover the expense to the merchant.
People like gelato sellers and bakers will NOT take $.

Posted by
2779 posts

Sandy, assuming you're only going to be on land for a few hours just get €100 in cash back at home and use your credit card in larger shops, restaurants etc.

Posted by
9 posts

We have booked several days of private tours. They took our credit card to hold the reservations, but they ask for payment in Euros at end of the day. Since we have several ports, we have several tours, and need much more Euros.

Posted by
2779 posts

The cheapest way to get Euros is withdrawing large amount at once from an ATM in Euroland. You need to talk to your bank about which partner banks' ATM are best to use and make sure they know you're gonna be in Italy so the system will proceed withdrawal requests from Italy. Also make sure you know about your daily maximum converted to Euros.

Posted by
705 posts

Agree with all of above. It would be like trying to Euros in the US, technically possible but no one would be happy to do it. Take Euros with you and use an ATM when you need more. It's the easiest and often the cheapest way to go.

Posted by
466 posts

They will not take dollars in Italy just as the U.S. will not take other curriencies. Maybe on the Disney cruise ship but NEVER in a restaurant or store. They only take Euros. It's best to use your ATM card to get Euros. It's much cheaper than going to an exchange place.

Posted by
13 posts

I have only seen one place take dollars. A hotel in Prague, but paying in american dollars cost much more than if they were converted to their own currency. I have never seen dollars accepted in Italy. They way to go is what others have been saying. Get Euros from a ATM when you arrive and use that.

Posted by
710 posts

Back in the early 70's people in Europe wanted the American dollar, especially in countries that were behind the "Iron Curtain". I had an experience in Poland where they would not serve me unless I used dollars. Time has changed this. They want their own currency. Atms are easy to use but be sure you pin has all numbers and no letter. Machines in Europe only have numbers.

Posted by
103 posts

We used our ATM card at a Supermarket and a Murano Glass Shoppe in Venice.. they don't have a service charge and.. no taxes. It was the Euro charge.. but still very convenient.