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Credit Cards in Tuscany

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Credit Cards in Tuscany

Hi,

We will be visiting Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano next week.

Just deciding how much to take in cash and how much to use on our credit card.

Do all the above train/bus stations take credit card?

Do all restaurants in the above places take credit card?

We will be using the Firenze Card but for all the other destinations do a lot of attractions take card?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Credit Cards in Tuscany

Re Lucca; I know that Trattoria da Leo is cash only, though many other restaurants in the city take debit cards which are called bancomat in Italy. Not sure about credit cards but if you see signs displayed for MasterCard, Visa etc then they are likely to take them.

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2. Re: Credit Cards in Tuscany

Many places don't take credit cards, especially not Amex. It's best to have a card from which you can draw cash as needed at a Bancomat machine.

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3. Re: Credit Cards in Tuscany

We used credit card (VISA) at a couple of restaurants in both Florence and at Lucca (also in Barga) with no problem. But there were some restaurants we wanted to go to that only accepted cash. We brought American dollars with us and I was surprised that to exchange at bank in Florence was a 15 euro charge to do so. Maybe there are some banks in Florence that do not charge but I didn't want to spend a lot of time looking. I did not use ATM since I brought cash.

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4. Re: Credit Cards in Tuscany

Your absolute hands-down best bet is to plan on using ATMs for cash withdrawals. Most if not all banks no longer maintain foreign exchange offices, and the "Change" storefronts that you find everywhere are great rip-offs. Travelers' Checks are accepted nowhere. You may get your hotel to cash one, but they'll charge you a premium and give you a lousy exchange rate. So... the ATM is the traveler's best friend!

As for businesses accepting credit cards, most do. But that doesn't mean all do, nor does it mean that just because there's a Visa/MC sticker on the door they'll be taking credit cards that day. Either the system is down, or something's up. In any case, as Tuscan said - AMEX is rarely accepted anywhere.

TIP: before you leave home, be sure to notify your bank/banks that you'll be traveling abroad so that they won't automatically put a block on your card after they see a couple of foreign transactions on it. They do this a a precaution just in case your card was stolen. Good idea, but an inconvenience so don't forget to let them know!

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5. Re: Credit Cards in Tuscany

As the OP is from the UK this site has useful information on using cards abroad for purchases/cash and the fees that the different banks charge. .

moneysavingexpert.com/travel/…howgood

We have a Metro bank debit card that we use only for holidays that doesn't charge fees for any foreign currency transactions, unfortunately they only have branches, where you have to go to open an account, around the London/south east area at the moment.

mesh

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