Changing money on a Saturday in Venice

Sep 3rd, 2001, 10:21 PM
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Changing money on a Saturday in Venice

I will be arriving in Venice by train from Paris on a Saturday. How difficult will it be for me to change money at a reasonable rate? Will there be many options for me? Are banks open? Money changers? Would it be better to change money in France or carry Lira with me from home?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Sep 4th, 2001, 04:28 AM
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Use an ATM to get your cash in Italy when you arrive. One thing that we do is to always buy at home the amount of Lira needed for one day including the cost of a water taxi. That way we get off the train and go right on to the hotel.
Sep 4th, 2001, 09:48 AM
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Definitely use an ATM. Last year we hopped, skipped, and jumped through at least five countries and went to an ATM daily for just what we thought we'd need for the day. The money always comes out in the currency of the country you are in and you don't have to worry about finding a bank, or being there when they're opened. ATM machines are ubiquitous.
Sep 4th, 2001, 09:51 AM
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I don't know about the ease of doing those things in Venice, but would just advise that it will no doubt be a better idea to get lira in Paris than in the US, if you want some with you. Due to tourism, exchanging money is much more competitive within Europe, and Paris is a large city with lots of decent foreign exchange rates. Even in large US cities, the rates are terrible.
Sep 4th, 2001, 10:29 AM
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wait and use an ATM in Venice, or else get some lire in Paris. Why carry all that cash from home around with you?
If you want the lire in Paris, don't wait until the last minute--not every little change bureau will necessarily have lire on hand at all hours.

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