Cost of living in Italy

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.32
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.30
12 eggs, large €3.72
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.27
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.04
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,348
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €887
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €124
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €812
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €570
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €112
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €372
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €117
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €4.62
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €84
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €35
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €93
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €120
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,103
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.49
Monthly ticket public transport €35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €10
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €80
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.85
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.56
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.21
Tube of toothpaste €1.99
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €18
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €17
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €68
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €63
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €1.56
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.94
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €482
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.24
1 month of gym membership in business district €59
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.26

Map of Cost of Living in Italy

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This map shows only the top cities in Italy. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Italy

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Milan 149
2nd Rome 149
3rd Bergamo 141
4th Venice 140
5th Genoa 136
6th Brescia 136
7th Bologna 135
8th Vicenza 135
9th Florence 135
10th Varese 135
11th Verona 134
12th Ravenna 134
13th Trento 134
14th Trieste 132
15th Padua 131
16th Cagliari 129
17th Pisa 127
18th Naples 125
19th Turin 123
20th Pescara 121
21st Bari 120
22nd Palermo 118
23rd Catania 116

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to Italy? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Italy of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Rome costs €30 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Rome costs €1.50 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Rome costs €1.55 (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Rome costs €10 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Rome costs €1.50 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Rome costs €2.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Rome costs €3.00 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Florence costs €449 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Arezzo costs €5.50 (4 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Arezzo costs €0.20 (4 days ago)