Italian Banking Guide

Main Banks in Italy


Banca Mediolanum logoBanca Mediolanum S.p.A. is a bank in Italy, part of the Mediolanum Group, headquartered in Basiglio (MI). Banca Mediolanum is a multi-channel bank, which operates through a sales network of over 5,000 family bankers and technological channels such as: Internet, phone, mobile, and teletext.  Read more »

Banca Veneto

Veneto Banca logoBanca Veneto is an Italian bank, based in Montebelluna, in the province of Treviso. It was founded in 1877 under the name of Banca Popolare di Montebelluna.  Read more »

Credem Banca

Credito Emiliano Bank LogoCredem Bank (Credito Emiliano SpA) is a financial institution based in Reggio Emilia, which was founded in 1910 under the name of Banca Agricola Commerciale of Reggio Emilia. The current name was adopted in 1983, after the acquisition of the Banca Belinzaghi. Read more »


chebanca logo CheBanca is an Italian bank, headquartered in Milan. It was founded in 2008 as a retail bank of Mediobanca Group.  Read more »

Banca Intesa Sanpaolo

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Logo

Banca Intesa Sanpaolo is an Italian banking institution, which has been active since 2 January 2007, when it was established from the merger of Banca Intesa and Sanpaolo IMI. It has its registered office in Turin and an additional office in Milan.  Read more »

Banca UniCredit

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Banca UniCredit SpA (up to May 2008 Italian Unicredit SpA ) is one of the major banking groups in Europe and in the world. It has registered offices in Rome and its administrative headquarters is in Milan. The group has over 40 million customers and is active in 22 countries: the main markets in which it operates are Italy, Austria, Southern Germany, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. Read more »


Mediobanca Bank Logo

Mediobanca is an Italian credit institution founded in 1946 by the initiative of Raffaele Mattioli and Enrico Cuccia (who has been the General Manager since its foundation in 1982). Today, the bank operates in international markets with offices in Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, London, Moscow and New York. Read more »

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena Logo

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) was founded in 1472 as a pawn to give help to the needy classes of the population of the city of Siena, and is currently considered as the longest running bank in the world.  Read more »

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Getting a Credit Card in Banca Unicredit in Italy

When moving to a new country, one of the most important things that needs to be done is opening a bank account and getting a credit card. Each country has their own specific types of cards and financial networks, each of which comes with their own pros and cons. If you are planning on moving to Italy, one credit card that you should seriously consider are those issued by UniCredit bank (Banca Unicredit). Read more »

Opening an Account in Intesa SanPaolo Italy

Opening an Account in Intesa SanPaolo ItalyTo open a bank account in Banca Intesa SanPaolo Italy, it is necessary to book an appointment online, by telephone or in person in one of the bank’s branches. Italian citizens and residents need to provide their identity card and internal revenue code (codice fiscale) details. Read more »

Banking Holidays in Italy 2015

Banking Holidays in Italy 2015On celebration days, banks and most shops are closed even though it may be the main tourist season. You can find some shops or restaurants open, but public transportation runs on a holiday schedule. Most tourist sites and museums close on Christmas and New Year’s Day, and some are closed on Easter, May 1 or other holidays. Check out what is open and shut before you travel to a tourist site, so you are not disappointed with a closure.  Read more »

Debit & Credit Cards in Italy

Debit & Credit Cards in ItalyIn Italy, all credit, debit, and charge cards are collectively known as “credit” cards. This is true even though credit as a form of payment has not traditionally been popular in Italy and over 2/3rds of the 30 million “credit” cards in use in Italy are actually just Debit Cards. Read more »

Tips: Opening a Bank Account in Italy

Opening a Bank Account in ItalyAnyone who is living or studying in Italy may find it very handy to have a bank account in the country during their time there. A good starting point for determining what type of account you should get during your stay is your residency status. Italian banks offer two distinct types of accounts with unique features and services depending on if you have residency within Italy or not.  Read more »