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 €4.39
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.24
12 eggs, large €3.49
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.08
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.37
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €8
2 liters of Coca-Cola €1.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.06
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,312
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €909
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €127
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €825
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €551
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €106
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €24
40” flat screen TV €379
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €112
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €4.26
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €83
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €32
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €116
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €22,219
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.55
Monthly ticket public transport €35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €85
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €5.03
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.25
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.05
Tube of toothpaste €1.90
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €18
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €35
2 tickets to the movies €17
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €71
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €67
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €1.64
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.24
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €444
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district €67
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.43

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 151
2nd Rome 143
3rd Bergamo 139
4th Venice 138
5th Brescia 137
6th Varese 135
7th Vicenza 133
8th Florence 133
9th Verona 132
10th Genoa 132
11th Bologna 132
12th Ravenna 131
13th Cagliari 131
14th Trento 130
15th Perugia 129
16th Trieste 129
17th Padua 129
18th Turin 126
19th Pisa 125
20th Naples 123
21st Pescara 121
22nd Bari 117
23rd Catania 116
24th Palermo 115

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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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Naples costs €800 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Pisa costs €0.90 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Milan costs €5.00 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Milan costs €17 (3 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Milan costs €12 (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Milan costs €1.50 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Milan costs €1.56 (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in Naples costs €35 (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in Cagliari costs €26 (3 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Milan costs €25 (4 days ago)