The currency of Italy, like that of the European nations, is the euro. Unlike the Italian euros have in their designs Italian works of art. All countries have determined that the euro coins have on one common side the value of the currency and on the other side the national image, where each country places the design that characterizes it.
Each coin has been designed by an artist in order to honor the famous Italian art pieces. Those responsible for making them from 1 cent to 2 euros have been: Eugenio Driutti, Luciana De Simoni, Ettore Lorenzo Frapiccini, Claudia Momoni, Maria Angela Cassol, Roberto Mauri, Laura Cretara and Maria Carmela Colaneri. The most famous faces of the Italian euro coins are, the Roman Colosseum, the Birth of Venus, The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci and the portrait of Dante Alighieri.
Until 1999 the Italian currency was the Lira, official from 1861 to 2002, which was finally replaced by the euro.
You can easily change your money at any bank or post office, they offer good prices. Another way to make purchases is through credit cards, which are widely accepted throughout Italy and exchange rates are better than those of travelers checks. The shops in Italy are open from 09:00 in the morning until 12:30 and from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bank hours do vary slightly, usually they open from 08:30 until 13:30 hours and from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.