How to send money to Italy

Compare money transfer companies to send money to this Mediterranean country.

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There are lots of companies and banks that offer money transfers to Italy, and by comparing exchange rates and fees, you can find the best deal for your next transfer.

XE International Money Transfers

XE Money Transfer

XE specialises in a wide range of foreign currency solutions and offers an affordable solution when you need to send money overseas.

  • Send money to 60+ countries.
  • Competitive exchange rates that are often better than banks.
  • Transfer up to US$500,000 online.
  • See exchange rates in real-time.

    Want to send up to £10,000 to Italy?

    These providers specialise in offering low rates to people sending amounts below £10,000.

    Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
    AUD 2,000 1 day GBP 0.00 1.127 EUR
    5,633
    TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction (conditions apply)
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    GBP 50 2 days GBP 2.99 1.126 EUR
    5,628
    Send money online anytime, anywhere, with a simple to use platform and transparent fees and exchange rates shown upfront. Go to site Show details
    USD 0 1 - 2 days GBP 0.00 1.127 EUR
    5,635
    Whatever amount you transfer, XE will not charge you a fee for using their service. Go to site Show details
    GBP 50 Same day GBP 2.00 1.125 EUR
    5,625
    Instant or 1 hour transfers to over 50 countries, send money directly to bank accounts or over 280,000 cash pickup points. Go to site Show details

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    Want to send over £10,000 to Italy?

    These providers specialise in offering low rates to people sending amounts over £10,000.

    Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
    GBP 2,500 1 day GBP 0.00 1.124 EUR
    11,235
    Frontierpay has a proven reputation for competitive rates and a refreshingly open and honest approach to transferring money worldwide. Go to site Show details
    GBP 2,500 1 day GBP 0.00 1.123 EUR
    11,232
    With 17 years of foreign exchange expertise, OFX know the money transfers business very well, offering facilities for one-off and recurring transfers. Go to site Show details
    GBP 1,000 1 - 2 days GBP 0.00 1.127 EUR
    11,267
    Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
    Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
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    GBP 3,000 1 day GBP 20.00 1.127 EUR
    11,247
    Make an informed decision with a personal touch, whether it's a business or personal transfer, with rate alerts, charts and live rates to help you make your choice. Go to site Show details
    AUD 2,000 1 day GBP 0.00 1.127 EUR
    11,269
    TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction (conditions apply)
    (Conditions apply)
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    How do international money transfers work?

    An international money transfer allows you to send money to a recipient overseas. Generally, a transfer involves you providing funds to a bank or an independent transfer provider, which then sends the money to your recipient in another country — in this case, Italy. This can be done in person, over the phone, through a mobile app or online. You can use cash, a credit or debit card, or transfer funds from your bank account, which will then either be deposited into your recipient’s bank account or mobile wallet, or made available as cash for them to pick up at a location in their country.

    Banks vs. money transfer companies

    Although banks are quite capable of sending money to Italy, you’ll face high exchange rates and multiple fees to get your money into the hands of the person who needs it. If you need a quick option, banks also fall short — it could take up to a week, while money transfer companies may be able to exchange your money in a few hours.

    Specialist money transfer companies are the best place to start. These companies — such as OFX and WorldRemit — offer fast, secure and much more affordable transfers to Italy. The fees are usually lower than what you’d find at a bank, exchange rates are higher and the transactions can be handled from the comfort of your own home. This gives money transfer companies a competitive edge over banks, so consider one when you’re in need of a money transfer to Italy.

    Case Study: Filippo Sends Money to Italy

    Filippo is climbing the career ladder in London. 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 GBP = 1.077 EUR1 GBP = 1.097 EUR
    Transfer fee£5£4
    Transfer methodBank account depositBank account deposit
    Processing time3 business days1-3 business days
    Amount received in EUR for £1,0001,077 EUR1,097 EUR

    Although there is very little difference in transfer fees between both providers, Filippo can send an extra 20 euros to his sister if he uses the second transfer company.

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    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 offers 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. Can you lock in an ideal exchange rate now and transfer the money later, known as a forward contract? Does the institution offer limit orders, which allows you to take advantage of changing market conditions by executing the money transfer when a certain exchange rate is met? Can you schedule recurring payments?
    • 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 that 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?

    Foreign exchange rates explained

    Exchange rate determines how much money you can get when you convert it to the currency of another country. The GBP and EUR have traditionally been competitive with one another, but for the most part, the pound is the stronger currency. This means you’ll get just over one euro for every pound you send to Italy.
    Exchange rates for Italy

    How to send money to Italy from the UK

    • 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.

    Steps to send money to Italy

    1. Choose from among the numerous transfer providers who send money to Germany.
    2. Register with the provider of your choice on their website providing your name, address, contact information and date of birth. A valid photo ID will also be required.
    3. Provide your recipient’s name, address and contact details. Depending on the transfer method you may also have to supply their bank account information.
    4. Enter the amount you want to send, complete your transaction and save your tracking or receipt number to follow up on the progress of your transfer.

    Same-day 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.

    Tips for picking up cash in Italy

    Italy is a popular travel destination for tourists from the UK, but you should still take care whenever you pick up cash from a transfer agent. This means staying aware of your personal safety at all times and taking a few steps to prevent yourself becoming a target for thieves.

    • Call ahead. Learn the company’s business hours and choose a safe time to pick up your cash. Daylight hours are best.
    • Bring a friend. Carrying money when alone can be dangerous. Ask a friend to come along.
    • Deposit your money immediately. The likelihood of losing your money to theft or simple carelessness grows the longer you have it with you. Go straight to a bank and deposit your cash as soon as possible.
    • Keep your cash hidden. Place your money in your purse or wallet before leaving the office. Carrying cash out in the open could make you a target.

    Global Reach
    Global Reach
    Send money overseas in a few simple steps Lock in your exchange rate for up to two years Best exchange rate guarantee Personalised quotes and professional customer service
    WorldRemit
    WorldRemit
    Use the code 3FREE to pay no fees on your first three money transfers Choose how you want to send your money - via bank transfer, cash pickup or mobile money Instant money transfers available
    Currencies Direct
    Currencies Direct
    Currencies Direct make moving money abroad simple, swift and secure. Great rates, no fees and expert support whether you transfer online, over the phone or by app. Available in more than 200 countries and 40 currencies
    TransferWise
    TransferWise
    Sign up and start sending money within minutes with this peer-to-peer transfer service Transfer money at the mid-market exchange rate No hidden fees Transfers from pounds typically only take one day
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      BreSeptember 3, 2017

      Can a non Italian visitor pick up a Moneygramm with just their passport? Or do they need additional identification to pick it up?

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        DanielleSeptember 3, 2017

        Hi Bre,

        Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

        You’ll need the following in order to receive your money transfer from Moneygram:
        – Government-issued identification (ID) that displays your legal name
        – Reference number – request the reference number from the person who sent the money transfer

        Please note that the name on the transfer record, completed by the person sending the transfer, must exactly match the name as it appears on the official ID. And requirements vary by country so please ask your local MoneyGram agent for details about their process and procedures.

        I hope this helps.

        Cheers,
        Danielle

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        BreSeptember 3, 2017

        How to pick up money transfers for a visitor to Italy?

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          DanielleSeptember 3, 2017

          Hi Bre,

          Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

          It would depend on how the money was transferred. Money transfer companies such as Western Union and MoneyGram let you send money to bank accounts and cash pickup locations. A list of cash pick up locations are listed on the page.

          I hope this helps.

          Cheers,
          Danielle

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