Cost of living in Italy

Summary of cost of living in Italy

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,271
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,673
  • Italy is the 4th cheapest country in Western Europe (16 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Italy is more expensive than in 63% of countries in the World (35 out of 93)
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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 €4.36
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.23
12 eggs, large €3.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €1.96
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of coca-cola €1.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,316
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €931
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €117
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 €616
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €87
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen tv €337
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €109
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €4.91
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €86
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €31
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €88
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €116
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €22,856
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.56
Monthly ticket public transport €36
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €10
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €81
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.67
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.27
Tube of toothpaste €1.83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €16
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €37
2 tickets to the movies €17
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €95
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 €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €1.48
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.00
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €445
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.15
1 month of gym membership in business district €60
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €5.39

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:
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 147
2nd Rome 142
3rd Venice 136
4th Varese 133
5th Florence 133
6th Genoa 131
7th Brescia 131
8th Bergamo 131
9th Vicenza 131
10th Verona 130
11th Ravenna 127
12th Bologna 127
13th Trento 127
14th Perugia 126
15th Trieste 125
16th Cagliari 125
17th Padua 123
18th Pisa 123
19th Turin 122
20th Naples 118
21st Pescara 117
22nd Bari 116
23rd Catania 113
24th Palermo 111

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.

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Prices recently added

  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Salerno costs €10 (1 day ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Salerno costs €2.50 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Salerno costs €30 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Salerno costs €100 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Salerno costs €500 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Salerno costs €600 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Salerno costs €130 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Salerno costs €600 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Salerno costs €800 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Salerno costs €1.20 (1 day ago)