Cash or Credit Cards in Tuscany?

Jul 3rd, 2010, 11:27 AM
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Cash or Credit Cards in Tuscany?

When shopping in Tuscany will we need cash, or do most of the shops accept credit cards?
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Jul 3rd, 2010, 11:40 AM
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We've never had a problem using credit cards. Most towns have ATMs should you find a store that doesn't accept credit cards.
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Jul 3rd, 2010, 11:52 AM
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Yes, they accept credit cards. And even little San Quirico d'Orcia has an ATM on the main pedestian street.
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Jul 3rd, 2010, 12:19 PM
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We just came back from Tuscany, and we never experienced any difficulty at all with using credit cards. And, yes, there are ATM's in a LOT of places, if you'd rather get cash.
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Jul 3rd, 2010, 12:21 PM
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We just got back from Tuscany and Cinque Terre 2 days ago. We've been to Italy several times but I was surprised how many places don't take credit cards.

You can't even used a credit card to pay for the major museum admissions. Yes, most restaurants accept credit cards. But many places do not.
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Jul 4th, 2010, 05:06 AM
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no foreign exchange fee Visa CC

works great for me
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Jul 4th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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DH & I carried our own ATM cards. Not all bank machines accepted his debit card! It was good to have a back up!

Remember to advise your bank/credit card provider that you will be travelling.
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Jul 4th, 2010, 12:21 PM
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We always take our Cap One VISA, which as qwovadis mentioned, has no fees attached and from which we can get cash at an ATM.

What got me thinking was a video we watched where craftsmen (and women!) in some of the hilltowns were visited, and I wondered if those people were set up to take CC. I guess some will and some won't!

By the way, in regard to alerting your CC company that you will be overseas, the card I use on the internet refused the charge from the Scavi Tour of the Vatican! (I can see why, it comes through as Ufficio Scavi, I'm sure the CC company had no idea what that was) The Scavi office was great though, they said we could pay when we got there, but I called my CC company and told them that the charge was ok, and then had Scavi put it through. Don't want any loose ends there!
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Jul 4th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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We were at quite a nice restaurant in Argegno on Lake Como last year and they didn't take credit cards, but were more than happy to give change from very large denomination € notes.
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Jul 4th, 2010, 06:21 PM
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One will, on occasion, receive a discount when one offers cash.
There’s also a chronic shortage of small change in Italy, and you’ll win a friend for life if you offer the correct money.

ATMs are very common.
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