Send Money to Italy Safely and Quickly

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

Bellissimo! Find the best exchange rates and the lowest fees Italywhen you want to send money to Italy from the USA.

More than 17 million Americans, or around 5.4% of the population, boast Italian ancestry, while close to 50 million tourists from all over the world visit Italy each year. And from Christopher Columbus to Jay Leno, Italians have played a huge role in shaping the history, culture and beliefs of the United States of today.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of providers who can help you send money to Italy – here’s how you can find the best of them.

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Rates last updated December 5th, 2016
Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
An online money transfer service ... with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
USD 1 Within an hour
OnlineCash Transfer
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World First Foreign Exchange
Transfer money into a range ... of currencies online and over the phone.
USD 500 2 days
OnlinePhone
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Transferwise International Money Transfers
Make online transfers in a ... range of currencies and enjoy high maximum transfer amounts.
USD 1 1 day
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HiFX International Money Transfers
Transfer money between 20 currencies ... and enjoy scheduled regular transfers. No fee for transfers over US $5,000.
USD 100 2 days
OnlinePhoneAgent
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Travelex International Money Transfers
Get your foreign currency delivered ... to your home or pick up at a store.
USD 500 2 days
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Currencies Direct International Money Transfers
$0 online transfer fee that ... you can access 24/7.
USD 100 2 days
OnlinePhone
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USForex International Money Transfers
Take advantage of competitive exchange ... rates and cheap transfer fees.
USD 150 1 day
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MoneyGram International Money Transfers
Send money anywhere, from anywhere.
USD 1 Same day
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TorFX International Money Transfers
TorFX guarantee to beat any ... competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply
USD 100 1 day
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Western Union Money Transfers
Send money online to friends ... and family around the world with Western Union.
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Banks versus money transfer companies

You might think the best place to go when you need to send an international money transfer is to your bank. While your bank can certainly help you send money to Italy, however, they won’t do it cheaply. High fees and low exchange rates are hallmarks of international transfers through banks, so you’re better off looking elsewhere for a more cost-effective solution.

Specialist money transfer companies are the best place to start. These companies, such as USForex and WorldRemit, offer fast, secure and much more affordable transfers to Italy and around the world. Their fees are usually lower than the banks’, their exchange rates higher and the transactions can be handled from the comfort of your own home.

Filippo Sends Money to Italy

Filippo is a professional soccer player in the MLS. He wants to send a $1,000 gift to his sister back home in Florence for her 30th birthday, but the idea of paying his bank’s $50 transfer fee is too much to bear. He compares two money transfer companies in the hope of finding a more affordable solution.

Money transfer company 1Money transfer company 2
Exchange rate1 USD = 0.89 EUR1 USD = 0.87 EUR
Transfer fee$5$4
Transfer methodBank account depositBank account deposit
Processing time3 business days1-3 business days
Amount received (in EUR)890 EUR870 EUR

As you can see, Filippo can send an extra 20 Euros to his sister if he uses the second transfer company.

How to compare transfer companies when transferring money to Italy

  • Exchange rates. A better exchange rate means more money for your recipient, so look for a company that always quotes attractive exchange rates.
  • Fees. A hefty transfer fee can easily turn an affordable transaction into an astronomically expensive one, so check how much each provider will charge for handling your transfer.
  • Transfer methods. Can you send your transfers online, through a mobile app, by calling the company or visiting one of its branches?
  • Transfer options. Forward contracts and limit orders are two of the flexible transfer options offered by some companies.
  • Turnaround time. How long will it take for your money to arrive? Processing times can vary from a few minutes to several days.
  • Minimum limit. Some companies will impose a high minimum limit on all transfers, a fact which can be quite restricting if you don’t want to transfer very much money.
  • Pickup methods. Can the cash you send be collected from a branch in Italy and if so, how many branches does the provider have? Alternatively, can you send funds via bank account transfer.
  • Customer service. If you ever have a question or a problem, when will customer support be available and how can you access it?
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How to send money to Italy from America

  • Bank transfers. A transfer from your bank account to an Italian bank account is a secure option but will typically cost you more.
  • Online money transfer providers. Send money all around the world and enjoy cost-effective transfers when you use a specialist online transfer company.
  • Money transfer companies with cash pickup options. Ria, MoneyGram and Western Union all offer this convenient service.
  • PayPal. PayPal allows its customers to use their accounts to send international money transfers.
  • Checks. An international check from your bank can be sent to your recipient in Italy.
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Emergency cash transfers in Italy

There are certain circumstances where you may need to send a transfer urgently, for example if your son or daughter is travelling through Italy and has their wallet stolen. When this happens there are companies that can get the funds to your recipient in minutes, but you’ll have to pay extra for the privilege of a rapid transfer. Higher fees and lower exchange rates may apply, so check the fine print to determine the total cost of your transfer first.

It’s also worth pointing out that anyone who has been a victim of theft should report it to the local police and also contact their travel insurer to see whether any cover may be available.

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Cash pickup locations in Italy / Western Union / MoneyGram / Ria branches in Italy

Western Union

Rome

Intesa Sanpaolo

Via Delle Gondole 184

Roma, Rm

+39-118019230

Open 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday

Intesa Sanpaolo

Via Anton Giulio Bragaglia 19 B C Com

Roma, Rm

+39-118019230

Open 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday

Venice

Cassa Di Risparmio Di Venezia

San Marco Mercerie San Zulian 725 726

Venezia, Ve

+39-118019230

Open 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday

Cassa Di Risparmio Di Venezia

Fond Vetrai 130

Venezia, Ve

+39-118019230

Open 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday

MoneyGram

Rome

Poste Italiane

Via Firenze 36

Roma, 00184

064745687

Open Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 8pm

Venice

Poste Italiane

Fondamenta Santa Chiara 511

Venezia / Santa Croce, 30135

0412446811

Open 7:30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday

Poste Italiane

Campo San Polo 2012

Venezia/San Polo, 30125

0415200315

Open 7:30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday

Telephone Center International

Via Volturno 52

Roma, 00185

064461758

Open 8am to 10pm seven days

Ria

Rome

Ria Italia Srl – Direzione Generale

Via Francesco Benaglia 13

Roma RM

No info on opening hours available

Agente De Prueba Informatica

Via del Seminario nº 118

Roma RM

No info on opening hours available

Venice

Ria does not have any locations in Venice

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Tips for picking up cash in Italy

In Italy and wherever else you may travel around the world, it’s always a good idea to be wary of pickpockets and thieves. A little common sense and some simple safety precautions can help ensure that you don’t become a victim.

When picking up cash, take a friend along for extra security and make sure not to publicise your recent windfall around strangers. Avoid any areas where crime is known to be a potential risk and deposit the funds in a safe place as soon as possible.

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How to send money to Italy

In most cases you will need to sign up for an account with a money transfer company before you can send any funds. This usually means you’ll need to provide your full name, your contact details and a valid form of photo ID.

You’ll also need to supply your recipient’s name and contact info and the full details of your proposed transaction. Once your transfer has been accepted, make a note of any tracking number you receive so you can check up on the progress of your funds.

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WorldRemit International Money Transfers

An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.

USForex International Money Transfers

Take advantage of competitive exchange rates and cheap transfer fees.

World First Foreign Exchange

Transfer money into a range of currencies online and over the phone.

Transferwise International Money Transfers

Make online transfers in a range of currencies and enjoy high maximum transfer amounts.

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