Getting Money in Florence

The best way to get money in Florence, in Italy, and throughout Europe is with a Bancomat (ATM machine).  Credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard provide an international PIN (personal identification number).  Prior to coming to Italy, contact your credit card provider to make sure your card can be used in foreign countries and that you have a 4-digit PIN.  If your card is actually a checking account debit card linked to an international Visa or MasterCard network, you will get the best exchange rate and will not be charged interest.  (You will be debited a service charge for each transaction, the amount of this charge is determined by your US bank.)

As of January 2012, banks in Italy exchange currency ONLY  to clients who possess a bank account in Italy. Obtaining a bank account is not recommended because of high fees that it could incur.  Exchange centers in Florence exchange currency at a fee.

Travelers checks are not recommended as many places no longer accept them for exchange. Also, personal check CANNOT be cashed in Italy. Convert Euro to Dollars. Please be aware that exchange rates fluctuate daily

Emergency Money

In emergency situations students can borrow up to €300 from the school. You must sign a promissory note stating that you agree to pay the loan back before you leave the program. Emergency money can be picked up Mon-Thurs. 8:30am-1pm.

You also have the option of getting money wired to Italy in about 1-2 business days through Western Union. Find Western Union Locations.

Pick Pocketing

Pick pocketing is much more prevalent in Italy than in the United States and causes much unwanted stress. It is very important to pay close attention to your important belongings.

If you are a victim of pick pocketing in Italy, you need to file a Denuncia (police report) at the Polizia di Stato on via zara, 2. The report is translated in English. In the event you need to cancel your credit card and you are low on cash, follow the emergency procedures above. 

Procedures for lost items:

Passport

Contact the nearest consulate or embassy. You need to bring your Denuncia with you.  Copies of your passport were made during orientation, make sure you always have a copy.

International ID Card 

If your card was lost or stolen, the travel insurance attached to your card is still valid for the initial validity period of the card. (We recommend that you keep a copy of the front and back of your card in a safe place).

If you need the card for identification, discount or payment purposes, you will need to purchase a replacement. ISIC cards are non-refundable and non-transferable, so you'll have to pay the full cost of a new one.

There is a $25.00 charge that the you will need to pay when you cancel and have another card reissued.  If you have been using this as a debit card you need to make sure you cancel the card so the funds can be transferred to the new card.  The card will be mailed to your home address and your parents will need to send it overseas to SUF. 

Name and Last Name

Syracuse University in Florence

Piazza Savonarola, 15

50132 Firenze

Italia

How to avoid getting pickpocketed

1. Use purses that zip close and do not hang them on the back of your chair in public places.

2. Do not place your wallet in your back pocket. Instead, use front pockets, inside your jacket or use a money belt if possible.

3. Be aware of strangers trying to distract you.

4. Keep your belongings close to you at all times (in particular on the bus or train, at cafes, clubs, stations & pubs).

5. Separate your cash, credit cards and place your debit and/or passport in a protected compartment.

6. Wear a money belt if possible.

7. When walking on the streets of Florence, you should always remember to put your bag over your sholder closest to the wall (not the street),  as motorino purse snatching is common.