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Non residents (visitors for less than six months) can generally open an account provided they have their tax registration code (codice fiscale). Some banks may also ask for a residence certificate.
You can change currency at any bank and post office or you can withdraw cash from Automatic Teller Machines (Bancomat) that have an international circuit.
Credit cards are widely used throughout Italy but you will need cash if you are buying at street markets.
Since 28th February 2002 the only official Italian currency is the Euro.