Expat Exchange
Near the Uffizi in Florence
Near the Uffizi in Florence
Near the Uffizi in Florence

Cost of Living in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Italy? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Italy talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

William Russell Health Insurance
William Russell Health Insurance
William Russell Health Insurance
William Russell Health Insurance

Is the cost of living in Italy high?

Live in Italy? Answer this Question

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

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

William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

Will I save money living in Italy?

Live in Italy? Answer this Question

"Cost of living has increased dramatically in the past 2 years, but petrol prices have dropped. Internet service is cheaper but phones are more expensive. Everything is a trade off. Italy is still a good value for our money," explained one expat.

What is the average cost of housing in Italy?

Live in Italy? Answer this Question

If you are thinking about moving to Italy, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Housing prices vary a great deal. A decent apartment can be had for 130,000 euros. Homes in the Umbria region though are disappointingly high priced. We've seen places for over 200,000 euros that needed extensive remodeling and repair. Rome and Naples and Florence are higher priced. The other factor is there are many homes that have poor lighting, no fly screens on the windows, very hard water that clogs pipes, and mold problems. It's hard to find a modern-designed home like you'd easily find in any town in the US," said another expat in Passignano sul Trasimeno.

"The euro was high in 2013 when I moved there at 1.47 so my first apartment was 1200 euro a month. I moved closer to the city center by the Ponte Vecchio and I paid 1600 euro which is much higher than Minneapolis. You can stay within 1000 for a two bedroom if you don't mind being out of the center of town or in a lower neighborhood," added another person living in Florence.

"Lower cost for initial purchase. Check the internet real estate sites. Cost is based on location and housing requirement just like anywhere. We downsized a bit in the process as part of a life plan," explained one expat living in Minturno.

"Much higher. Meat is expensive. Gasoline/diesel is high. It's cheaper to buy clothes and house items in the US on holidays and bring them back in the suitcase," said another in Torino.

"Well, property taxes here are incredibly low. At least compared to my native California. Houses and even apartments can be very expensive here though. There are places here in Catanzaro, apartments, overlooking a parking lot asking over 400,000 EURO! We bought our beautiful property (just outside of Catanzaro and about 15 minutes to the Mediterranean sea) with a lot of land and producing orchards and rebuilt the home spending around 600,000Euro. However, going outside the city into a rural community, even 10km outside of town, you can pay half of that. Here, neighbours are an issue and there are many lawsuits when they cannot get things sorted out (especially in our area where there are many lawyers who are unemployed). We got lucky and have a large piece of property with no problems. Here, in the country you can get a good deal. If my property were in California, we would be paying well over 1,000,000 dollars easily! We enjoy our life in the country here and wich those thinking of coming here the same good fortune," explained one expat who made the move to Catanzaro.

"Housing costs are much higher here than where we used to live outside of Seattle, WA. We pay 2077 euros a month for our apartment. This is probably a little below average as our apartment is on the 1st floor. The higher you go up in floors, the higher the rent. We only paid $1500 in a mortgage payment when we lived in Washington State," added an expat living in Rome.

William Russell Health Insurance

William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

Learn MoreGET A QUOTE

William Russell Health Insurance

William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

Learn MoreGET A QUOTE

About the Author

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.

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

Italy GuideItaly Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Italy.

Italy Forum Italy Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Italy on our Italy forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Italy Index Italy Index
An index of all of our site's Italy information.

Contribute to Italy Network Contribute
Help others in Italy by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Italy.

Expat Healthcare Advice in ItalyHealthcare & Health Insurance in Italy

Expats in Italy offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Italy.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in ItalyMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Italy

Expats in Italy offer advice about healthcare in Italy.

Best Places to Live in Italy Best Places to Live in Italy

Italy is beloved by expats, global nomads and retirees. We've compiled a list of the 12 best places to live in Italy based upon expats' recommendations. They include Liguria, Puglia, Rome, Le Marche, Abruzzo, Sicily and more.

Real Estate in ItalyReal Estate in Italy

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Italy.

Guide to Real Estate in ItalyGuide to Real Estate in Italy

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Italy.

Pros Cons of Living in ItalyPros & Cons of Living in Italy

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Italy.

Cost of Living in ItalyCost of Living in Italy

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Italy.

7-Things-to-Know-Before-You-Move-to-Italy7 Things to Know Before You Move to Italy

Expats moving to Italy envision a romantic lifestyle in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. However, it is important to make sure that you do comprehensive research and fully understand what it will mean to move to the city, town or village you choose.

Pros-and-Cons-of-Living-in-ItalyPros and Cons of Living in Italy

Expats in Italy discuss the pros and cons of living in Italy. From bureaucracy to expensive cities, Italy can be a challenge. Most expats find that the amazing food, charming countryside, beautiful beaches and public healthcare make up for the cons.

7-Important-Tips-for-Retirees-in-Italy7 Important Tips for Retirees in Italy

Expats in Italy share 7 important tips for those preparing to retire in Italy - topics include healthcare and health insurance, the elective residency visa, taxes on pensions, inheritance and more.

9-Healthcare--Health-Insurance-Tips-for-Expats-in-Italy9 Healthcare & Health Insurance Tips for Expats in Italy

Expats in Italy share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Italy. Advice about finding an English-speaking doctor, using The Sistema Sanitario Nazionale (SSN) and more.

Near the Uffizi in Florence

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

Italy GuideItaly Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Italy.

Italy Forum Italy Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Italy on our Italy forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Italy Index Italy Index
An index of all of our site's Italy information.

Contribute to Italy Network Contribute
Help others in Italy by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Italy.

Expat Healthcare Advice in ItalyHealthcare & Health Insurance in Italy

Expats in Italy offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Italy.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in ItalyMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Italy

Expats in Italy offer advice about healthcare in Italy.

Best Places to Live in Italy Best Places to Live in Italy

Italy is beloved by expats, global nomads and retirees. We've compiled a list of the 12 best places to live in Italy based upon expats' recommendations. They include Liguria, Puglia, Rome, Le Marche, Abruzzo, Sicily and more.

Real Estate in ItalyReal Estate in Italy

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Italy.

Guide to Real Estate in ItalyGuide to Real Estate in Italy

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Italy.

Pros Cons of Living in ItalyPros & Cons of Living in Italy

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Italy.

Cost of Living in ItalyCost of Living in Italy

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in Italy.

12-Best-Places-to-Live-in-Italy-202212 Best Places to Live in Italy 2022

Italy is beloved by expats, global nomads and retirees. We've compiled a list of the 12 best places to live in Italy based upon expats' recommendations. They include Liguria, Puglia, Rome, Le Marche, Abruzzo, Sicily and more.

Healthcare-in-Italy-2021Healthcare in Italy 2021

An overview of the healthcare system in Italy - public and private hospitals, Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), getting your Tessera Sanitaria (healthcare card), Covid-19 entry requirements, vaccinations for Italy, prescription medication availability and more.

5-Expat-Moms-Talk-about-Having-a-Baby-in-Italy5 Expat Moms Talk about Having a Baby in Italy

5 expat moms offer candid insight into what it's like giving birth in Italy - from bringing towels and toilet paper with you to the hospital to being refused pain medication. And, like most advice in Italy, word of mouth is the best way to find a good OB/GYN.

Tips-for-Expats-in-ItalyTips for Expats in Italy

All expats in Italy face managing their finances while living there, and that always starts with finding a bank. Here are some tips from expats already living in Italy based on their actual experiences with banks there.

Copyright 1997-2022 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal