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Banks in Italy typically open in the morning from 8.30am until 1.00pm, and then reopen in the afternoon for an hour between 3.00pm and 4.00pm.
In the major tourist destinations some banks may actually remain open straight through from 8.30am to 4.00pm to help visitors change money or traveller's cheques.
Generally Italian banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday, on all public holidays, and in the afternoon on the day before a public holiday. If you are willing to search around a bit you may find one or two banks that open on Saturday mornings, but this is very much the exception to the norm.
Italian banks usually offer the best rates of exchange although you may have to queue a long time to get served - particularly if you wish to cash traveller's cheques in Florence, Venice or Rome etc in the summer. If you need money outside banking hours (evenings and weekends) it is usually possible to exchange most major currencies in larger hotels and bureux de change - but expect to pay more commission and receive a less preferential rate of exchange than in banks.