April 6, 1997
On July 14, 1996, you printed an article by Mary S. Simons on "Dining Where the Romans Do." On my first night in Rome, I sought out La Campana trattoria, which she had recommended, where I had a delightful meal. The check came to 39,000 lira, or under $30. However, when my credit card bill arrived in the U.S., the charge was for 139,000 lira, or almost $95. My credit card company contested it, but I had signed the slip. In a fit of pique, I wrote to the restaurant with all the documentation.
February 20, 1993
The prices of soccer World Cup tickets are "in line with those from the 1990 World Cup in Italy (Feb. 4)"? I was one of the 80,000 lucky human beings who saw the 1990 World Cup final in Rome. For my behind-the-goal ticket, I paid 30,000 Italian lira, about $20. The same ticket for the Pasadena final game will cost $180. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this an 800% increase? ANDREA GUARDUCCI, Diamond Bar
May 10, 1987
I am writing in the interest of advising travelers to Italy about a major problem that surprised me on my March visit to Florence and Venice--outlandishly high prices! As a former travel writer and frequent visitor to Europe, I always have found Italy's prices to be in line, or even somewhat lower, than other European countries. In fact, the value of the lira--or lack thereof--often has made Italy a bargain. But no longer. First, highway tolls are excruciating, and there seems to be no way of estimating the cost of a drive in advance.
December 1, 1996
We are Americans living in Turkey for a year, and I was quite surprised when a friend handed me a Sept. 29 copy of The Times [with the article "Traveler's Checks: Going South?" which concerned the use of traveler's checks, ATMs and other techniques for managing money when traveling]. We've cashed only $200 worth of traveler's checks since we arrived (in Athens) July 5. We are very fortunate to have an ATM in our village (although there is no bank) and use it almost exclusively. Without the ATM, we'd be relying on traveler's checks purchased at an AMEX travel agency 28 miles away.
May 31, 1987
As an Italian temporarily in the U.S.A. I write in response to reader Glenn Corner (Letters, May 10) who was surprised by the "outlandishly high prices" he found in Italy compared to a visit in 1985, and was disappointed at not finding the bargains he expected, given the "lack of value" of the Italian lira. The U.S. dollar is no longer wildly overpriced, as it was in 1985. At that time $1 U.S. was valued at about 2,000 lire; now it is 1,280 lire, a 35% decrease. Visits I made in the U.S.A.
July 21, 1985 |
European Community finance ministers agreed Saturday to devalue the hobbled Italian lira by an effective 7.8% against other major European currencies. The lira had fallen 20% Friday, and trading was temporarily halted. The devaluation--announced Saturday night in Basel, where the ministers had met for almost eight hours--followed Italian government approval earlier in the day of a package of austerity measures aimed at cutting large budget deficits and reducing inflation.