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 €1.29
12 eggs, large €3.80
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.05
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 €2.02
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.25
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,349
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €900
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €123
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €785
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €556
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €121
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €23
40” flat screen TV €386
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €122
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €4.77
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) €89
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €119
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €20,383
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) €9
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €83
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.94
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.07
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.20
Tube of toothpaste €1.98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €19
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32
2 tickets to the movies €17
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €66
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 €1.57
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.97
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB €478
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district €58
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 153
2nd Rome 150
3rd Bergamo 143
4th Venice 143
5th Brescia 139
6th Bologna 138
7th Genoa 138
8th Varese 137
9th Florence 137
10th Vicenza 137
11th Ravenna 135
12th Trento 135
13th Verona 135
14th Trieste 133
15th Padua 133
16th Cagliari 131
17th Pisa 129
18th Naples 128
19th Turin 125
20th Bari 122
21st Pescara 121
22nd Palermo 119
23rd Catania 118

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Milan costs €4.00 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Milan costs €1.50 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Milan costs €10 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Milan costs €150 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Milan costs €100 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Milan costs €17 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Milan costs €30 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Milan costs €1.80 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Milan costs €3.40 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Milan costs €1.60 (about 21 hours ago)