Cost of living in Italy

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.35
12 eggs, large €3.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.39
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €1.93
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.34
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.01
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,369
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €916
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 €903
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €606
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €90
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €358
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €122
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.27
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) €34
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €131
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €21,755
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.50
Monthly ticket public transport €35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €86
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €5.08
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.07
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.36
4 rolls of toilet paper €1.92
Tube of toothpaste €1.98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €17
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €33
2 tickets to the movies €16
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 €65
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €1.50
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.03
iPad Air 2, 64GB €565
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.17
1 month of gym membership in business district €70
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €5.18

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 154
2nd Rome 153
3rd Venice 148
4th Bergamo 146
5th Genoa 141
6th Brescia 141
7th Varese 140
8th Bologna 138
9th Florence 138
10th Ravenna 138
11th Verona 138
12th Trieste 137
13th Cagliari 135
14th Trento 134
15th Pisa 132
16th Padua 132
17th Naples 128
18th Pescara 128
19th Bari 125
20th Turin 124
21st Palermo 122
22nd Catania 121

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Verona costs €300 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Milan costs €100 (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Milan costs €15 (1 day ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Milan costs €5.00 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Milan costs €20 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Milan costs €500 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Milan costs €1,100 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Milan costs €1,900 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Milan costs €10 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Milan costs €4.00 (1 day ago)