We can only speak generally when it comes to Italy, since it’s such a huge country and a popular destination. So generally, north is more expensive than southern Italy.
Your cost of living will vary depending on your own lifestyle.
The most expensive thing about living cost in Italy is the rents, and once you’ve taken care of that, most other things are pretty reasonable.
So all in all, if you can spend only 45% of your salary for rental, and save the rest for transportation, groceries, recreation and utilities then it’s likely you can live comfortably.
When in Italy, if you want to save some money, choose the dishes that are regularly inexpensive. Pizza, panini, some pasta dishes – those are the things to rely on in restaurants. Of course, prices (by law) are posted in all cafes and restaurants so you know what to expect before going inside.
Now, living (and eating) expense again depends on your standard of living but in general, your monthly expense could come out to be somewhere between 110–150$. Keep in mind that the products in Italy do not have a MRP printed on them so shop owners are free to sell all groceries on their desired prices.
As for the cost of transport, a monthly ticket for all public transport in town can move within the range of 30$ (and it’s especially cheap if you’re a student). However, this will probably not cover the need for a taxi that you might need a couple of times a month (since there are no buses or metro in the middle of the night) or the need to reach a place that is actually hard to reach, so you’ll sometimes need to use a taxi.
Basic monthly utilities (which include electricity, water, garbage, heating and cooling) don’t cost as much as they do in some other countries, like Israel. For an apartment around 85m2, these will cost you 160$ approximately. However, internet here is a bit more expensive, amounting to around 30$ per month.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Having fun and indulging in sports is definitely expensive in Italy, which is typical for most European countries. A membership at the gym or a fitness club will cost you around 55$, while leisure isn’t cheap either. Renting a tennis court is extremely expensive at 20$ an hour. Two tickets for cinema cost around 10$.
CLOTHING & SHOES
As expected, shopping isn’t the cheapest pastime in Italy. There are, of course, local expensive stores and brands, but if you want a pair of Levi’s, it will cost you around 80$. Quality sneakers are even more expensive, but if you happen to look for some lighter pieces of clothing like shirts or summer dresses, you can find these for half the price of jeans.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent is one of the most expensive aspects of living in Italy. If you’re looking to rent an apartment and save some money, you will need to stroll out of the city center and here you can rent one for around 500$. However, if the city’s hustle and bustle is your cup of tea, you will pay up to 700$ for a one or two-room apartment.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Italy
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$17.04|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$5.11|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$1.14||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$1.28|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$1.70|
|Eggs (12)||$2.93||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$1.70|
|Gasoline||$1.75||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$166.45|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.12|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$31.27||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$53.59|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$21.63|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$9.09||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$88.62|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$34.83|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$93.89||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$692.16|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$511.67|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$1196.53|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Italy?
In Italy too, the citizens spend most money on food, in markets and grocery stores – about 170$ a month goes on groceries alone, if you have a family and not living as a student.
Next on the list of biggest expenses in Italy is rent, as it can be pretty steep in certain cities.
Restaurants and transportation go side by side like in most countries – though restaurants don’t need to be pricey if you choose food economically.
Finally, the last on the list are, as per usual, clothing and sports, with sports having a higher percentage than clothing. Seems like fitness membership is more important than a new pair of jeans!
Italy: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Italy has a relatively reasonable minimum wage which allows its citizens to cover their rent and additional expenses without stress.
Their monthly average net salary is around 1600$. This means that, for the most part, people that live in Italy are able to manage their salary in such a way to live comfortably and not worry about making ends meet.
However, rent is still pretty expensive compared to other expenses so, those that are renting and receive a minimum wage will have to work on sorting out the expenses.
Cost of Living by City in Italy
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|