Cost of living in Italy

Summary of cost of living in Italy

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $3,706 (€3,077)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,818 (€1,510)
  • Italy is the 4th cheapest country in Western Europe (15 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Italy is more expensive than in 65% of countries in the World (29 out of 81)
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Food
EUR USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €13 ($16)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) €8 ($9)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.44 ($5.35)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.25 ($1.51)
12 eggs, large €3.55 ($4.27)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.16 ($2.61)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €6 ($8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.05 ($2.46)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.28 ($1.55)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €1.28 ($1.54)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €7 ($8)
2 liters of coca-cola €1.84 ($2.22)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.09 ($1.31)
Housing
EUR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area €1,117 ($1,345)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area €826 ($995)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €124 ($149)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area €842 ($1,014)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area €548 ($660)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio €88 ($106)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) €26 ($31)
40” flat screen tv €362 ($436)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) €111 ($133)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €5.63 ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help €10 ($12)
Clothes
EUR USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) €80 ($96)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) €33 ($40)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) €78 ($94)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €109 ($132)
Transportation
EUR USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new €23,536 ($28,349)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.43 ($1.73)
Monthly ticket public transport €36 ($43)
Personal Care
EUR USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) €4.85 ($5.84)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €8 ($10)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) €72 ($86)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) €5.15 ($6)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.09 ($3.72)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €2.56 ($3.08)
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.03 ($2.45)
Tube of toothpaste €1.84 ($2.22)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city €17 ($21)
Entertainment
EUR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €32 ($39)
2 tickets to the movies €18 ($22)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €102 ($123)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €64 ($77)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €9 ($11)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €1.62 ($1.96)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €4.86 ($5.86)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb €460 ($554)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.16 ($0.19)
1 month of gym membership in business district €49 ($59)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes €5.62 ($7)

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 156
2nd Rome 147
3rd Florence 141
4th Venice 140
5th Varese 137
6th Brescia 136
7th Vicenza 135
8th Bergamo 135
9th Genoa 134
10th Verona 131
11th Trento 131
12th Ravenna 130
13th Bologna 130
14th Cagliari 129
15th Trieste 129
16th Perugia 129
17th Padua 127
18th Pisa 127
19th Turin 123
20th Naples 122
21st Pescara 121
22nd Bari 120
23rd Catania 118
24th Palermo 114

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bolzano costs €4.70 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bolzano costs €1.30 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bolzano costs €8 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bolzano costs €19 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bolzano costs €1.49 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bolzano costs €30 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Bolzano costs €1.49 (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Bolzano costs €8 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Turin costs €1.80 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Turin costs €40 (1 day ago)