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dina Apr 19th, 2001 12:41 PM

How easy and safe is it to use travellers cheques in Rome & Sorrento?
Help ! In all my worrying about crime, pickpocketing etc, people have advised me to take travellers cheques instead of relying on cash and cards. How easy and safe is it to cash these travellers checks ? i.e at the hotel/banks.

Oleg Apr 19th, 2001 12:47 PM

Dina, <BR> <BR>ATM is the way to go. This way, you never carry more cash than you need. Since small shops may not take travellers checks, ATM may be the best approach.

Capo Apr 19th, 2001 01:09 PM

Why bother with traveler's cheques, to reduce your concern about pickpockets, when all you have to do is follow these two easy steps? <BR> <BR>1. Withdraw money from ATM <BR>2. Place money in moneybelt <BR> <BR>Actually, from very recent experience, one or two traveler's cheques as a backup probably wouldn't be a bad idea. My girlfriend & I were in Sorrento a few weeks ago an, on Saturday, every ATM in the city seemed to be not working. A German guy who had tried the ATM at a DeutschesBank branch told us that the entire system serving the Sorrento area was down, but this is the first time I've ever experienced anything like that in Europe. <BR> <BR>ATMs & a moneybelt. ATMs and a moneybelt. Click your ruby red slippers together and repeat... :)

Ishoo Apr 19th, 2001 01:10 PM

If you take travellers cheques it is very easy, with a god rate, to change them at the AmEx office at Spagna. If you change them elsewhere the rate is not so good. With all the fees the banks are now charging for ATM withdrawals, etc., I find TC's the best way to go. That's my humble opinion.

Howard Apr 19th, 2001 01:15 PM

Dina, your friends are either worryworts or overly cautious or both. As others have said, 1. ATMs are definitely the way go; 2. Just be careful; 3. Carry a money belt or neck purse. <BR>

iam Apr 19th, 2001 05:13 PM

i've been to italy 3 times (most recent last month), have yet to see anything that resembles pickpockets. atms and credit cards are the way to go.

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