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Cost of Living in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 01, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in Italy is generally considered to be quite high. A nice one bedroom apartment in Italy can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,500 per month, while a nice two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,000 per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in Italy can range from $20 to $50 per person.

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Is the cost of living in Italy high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Italy, they wrote:

"I am not currently living in Italy but have stayed in apartments during my visits. I started to laugh when I read that cost of living is high in Italy and that a one bedroom will cost you €800 to €1200. In US currency that's a few dollars more. However I wish I could pay this living in southern California for a nice one bedroom apartment but it doesn't exist unless you decide to live in a deplorable neighborhood.. I pay more for a lovely 2 bedroom back home. In regards to Italy I think it depends on the city. In Venice for example an apartment can cost a bit more as opposed to Mestre. It all depends on the city and location," remarked one in Italy.

"The cost of living in Italy can vary greatly depending on the city. In general, the larger cities tend to be more expensive, while smaller cities and towns offer more affordable cost of living. For example, it is generally more expensive to rent an apartment in Rome than it would be in other parts of Italy. Groceries are usually fairly affordable, with fresh produce available in most markets throughout the country. Eating out in restaurants can also be slightly more pricey than in other countries, but prices vary significantly depending on where you dine. Transportation costs in Italy are also quite reasonable, with discounts often available to those who purchase tickets in advance. Overall, the cost of living in Italy is lower than in many other European countries, making it a popular destination for expats," explained one expat.

"That really depends... In Minturno, a couple who want to live simply, using the bus and train for transportation, $20,000/year would suffice," said one person in Minturno.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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