Cost of Living in Rome

Summary about cost of living in Rome, Italy:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.74 $ 11.82-29.56
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.95 $ 53.21-106.42
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.46 $ 9.46-11.82
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.91 $ 3.55-7.09
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.32 $ 3.55-7.09
Cappuccino (regular) 1.52 $ 1.18-2.96
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.32 $ 1.77-3.55
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.26 $ 0.89-2.36
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.21 $ 4.03-8.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.97 $ 1.07-3.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.21 $ 0.70-1.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.31 $ 2.55-7.09
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.87 $ 4.83-13.41
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.57 $ 2.68-6.97
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.36 $ 5.36-12.34
Apples (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.80-2.15
Banana (1 lb) 0.94 $ 0.54-2.15
Oranges (1 lb) 1.13 $ 0.64-2.68
Tomato (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.54-2.15
Potato (1 lb) 0.80 $ 0.53-1.88
Onion (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.54-1.61
Lettuce (1 head) 1.54 $ 0.59-2.36
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.68 $ 0.35-1.42
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.09 $ 3.55-11.82
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.47 $ 1.18-2.60
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.24 $ 1.18-3.55
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.74 $ 6.15-7.09
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.77 $ 1.77-1.77
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 41.39 $ 41.39-47.30
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.73 $ 3.55-8.16
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.85 $ 2.09-4.76
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.25 $ 31.93-70.95
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.86 $ 6.04-7.52
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,368.75 $ 23,649.10-29,561.38
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,466.13 $ 27,137.35-33,463.48
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 208.99 $ 118.25-413.86
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.20 $ 0.09-0.26
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34.44 $ 29.56-43.75
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 75.18 $ 47.30-106.42
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.79 $ 17.74-35.47
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.64 $ 9.46-15.37
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 563.67 $ 413.86-778.45
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,833.12 $ 5,912.28-21,284.19
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 97.29 $ 59.12-130.07
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.65 $ 23.65-65.04
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.04 $ 65.04-153.72
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 147.99 $ 94.60-236.49
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,077.37 $ 832.36-1,418.95
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 753.66 $ 591.23-945.96
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,136.30 $ 1,418.95-3,547.37
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,380.28 $ 1,064.21-1,891.93
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 740.24 $ 494.34-1,098.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 351.14 $ 274.63-450.40
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,696.47 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.20 1.20-4.00

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38 Comments so far
Phil on Sep 07, 2020:
To #Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019: You are ignorant. I'm an American and I can guarantee people on this website that you are a pathetic example of American hospitality and the exception to the rule. People like you need to crawl back into your holes or leave. You don't represent America.
Ashok Ambekar on Jul 23, 2020:
It's very nice to know fora solo traveller.
Filipino on Apr 11, 2020:
I want to wash out corona virus in Italy and make great Again cos i want to eat Italian Pizza in Italy haha Just kidding.
MAGA on Jun 30, 2019:
indeed in USA we’re full of Indians now, and not the native Americans
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019:
Nothing is financially stable throughout Europe unfortunately. Get out of Europe while you can before everything falls apart.Don't come to the U S trying to get away from it all though because we don't want you here. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN keep others out from around the world, permanently.
FridaFrida on Mar 09, 2019:
@Marc, willing to have my piece of Italy!!! food, culture, wine, and "la dolce vita"
Bobby on Mar 06, 2019:
It’s no European city here.
Old infrastructures and slow on improving them, no corporations, no 70k+ salaries for specialized engineers and a lot of taxes and bad services
Anon on Sep 20, 2018:
I would say that the average prices for apartments is out by a bit, they are more expensive. I've lived in 2 apartments in Rome and would say a 1 bed in the center, good condition is around 1200, not 950, 950 would be in the mid to outer areas. Salaries are low on average, even in mid range jobs, Teachers on average earn 1600 after tax in an international school, some more, some less based on experience. So comparing salary to rent it is clear it is tight. A lot of Italians live with parents or families own apartments that family members live in.
Marcin on Sep 08, 2018:
They have here very skilled pickpoceters working on buses and trains.
Barbara Lyon on Jan 28, 2018:
How can I get a copy of the cost listing pages at the beginning of this message?
@Anonym on Dec 29, 2017:
Numbers are pretty much fine.

Mid class educated people can earn 2500 eur or more but all the others have very low wages for the cost of life of Rome.

That btw isn’t much different from other Europeans capitals like London, Paris and Berlin where 80% of the people struggle to make ends meet.

For my experience as an expat in Italy mid-small cities have the biggest chunk of mid class people and the best quality of life like Verona, Trento, Bozen, Modena ... there most of the people have an ok economic life
Anonymous on Dec 19, 2017:
How come Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,460.38 and 1 bedroom appt. in City is 954.55 !!!!
it doesn't add up guys?
roland on Dec 18, 2017:
#Vin I agree totally with you man!! Italy is utterly is country that cannot be a real country like France, UK and Germany. In terms of bureaucracy, politics, all kinds of industry, it is coruupted and wicked to the bone! IT's sheerly hopeless except for Nigerian mafia collobarating with the italian mafia by african prostitutes and turning african men into criminals. because guess what? this country has no job prospects even for their own citizens!fpr decades thanks to the tourism they created an illusion as if they were a civilized country but it's been falling apart lately and now we're able to see the bitter reality.
Errr on Oct 30, 2017:
Rome is as expensive as many other capitals of Western Europe sans Berlin that is way cheaper...

For a good mid class life a couple needs a net salary of approx 2000 eur for each member.

Unfortunately, even skilled jobs often don’t pay that much.
Gaetano on Oct 20, 2017:
No, if you have a baby you need at least 3500 euro/month for your family to live well in Rome.
Javi on Oct 18, 2017:
Guys, is 1100 euro/month enough for a young couple with an infant baby for living in Rome?
Bobo on Feb 06, 2017:
what about the gay ass sex? how is it in Italy? are the Italian men with big uncut cazzo?
Prof on Jan 18, 2017:
ahaha, guy compares Italy with Russia, I am from Russia.
"In the future also Brazil and Russia will kick your ass". Actually the standard of living in Russia(and i think in Brazil too) is not comparable with the Italian. We have average salary 450 euro, but median salary(salary of most people) 300 euro, exept Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. 75% of people in Russia lives from 100 to 450 euro, and on this site russian net salary does not reflect reality(because this salary is presented only among the 5 biggest cities). Food prices almost like in Italy(Italians have the opportunity to buy food at Russian prices), mortgage 13% gives an overpayment for 20 years 180%, 2,8 prices of flat (instead of 40-50keuro,112-140keuro, in Moscow instead of 150keuro,420keuro). We only have cheap services because of the small salary.
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2017:
Italy is 6th (with the new data) and eight (with the old olne) as net national net.Italy can buy several times Brazil,India,Russia and so on)))Read better Credit Suisse S.A. Global wealoth net report 2016 Databook.I talked to these people in Zurich hehe)))
Marcello on Jan 07, 2017:

Read this eastern guy that hates Italy)))
Vin on Jan 04, 2017:
Ok, I know, you do the "dirty work" for the government to sponsor Italy, hoping that strangers and tourists visiting this website will go to Italy.


Let's read the report by Credit Suisse.
Here it is.

Pag. 142, the table gives "Wealth per adult (in USD)"

Do you see the trend, genius?


Sweden wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 93,486
New Zealand wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 114,734
Germany wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 117,149
Austria wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 119,174
Ireland wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 119,440
France wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 135,222
Denmark wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 137,267
Norway wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 140,648
Canada wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 141,335
Singapore wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 148,425
Italy wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2000 was: 156,304

And see now.

Germany wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 202,402
Italy wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 221,107
Austria wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 225,166
Ireland wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 234,552
Sweden wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 258,490
France wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 267,097
Singapore wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 283,305
Denmark wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 283,968
Canada wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 304,772
New Zealand wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 316,156
Norway wealth per adult (constant exchange rate) in 2016 is: 374,930

You lost many positions in wealth per adult. Soon even Germany will surpass Italy. I have not included Australia, USA, UK, Japan because in 2000 were still wealthier than Italy.

Welcome to globalization, beggar.
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2017:
Italy is the 8th wealthiest state on Earth and with the new data ISTAT according to Credit Suisse will be the 6th in 2017.I'm sorry ))))
Vin on Jan 03, 2017:
Marcello, Walter, Giovanni or whatever you call, nazionalista ignorante che non è mai uscito da Cernusco Citeriore.

Everybody knows I'm saying the truth.
Get a life.

Italy was a great nation in the past, when the americans after the IIWW gave you the money to recover ("Piano INA-Casa" was financed with the money given by the US).
But this was a long time ago.
Now you're fucked up.
You have no more decent industries, all the smart people are going away from Italy.
Your "human" export is: PhDs, engineers, mathematicians, phyisicists and so on.
You "human" import is: caregivers, construction workers, waiters and so on.

Ahah, so hilarious.

And yes, many italian families nowadays are still wealthier than germans and french because italians own many properties (thank the Marshall Plan, guy).
But if you own properties and the jobs are disappearing, soon (in the next 10-20 years) all your wealth will be lost. Your wealth and even the wealth of your children, genius.

Do you think Italy is the best country in the world? Good for you.
Do you think italians are wealth because you inherited some lands, some houses or some shop from "mamma" and "papà" and without "mamma" and "papà" now you would be beggin' in the street for a pizza? Good!
I'm sipping my Martini from the mainland watching the sinking ship.
And guess what: I don't give a fuck.
Marcello on Nov 19, 2016:
According to the Global wealth report Databook 2016 by Allianz AG an Iytalian is wealthier than a german,than a french and many others.No time to waste here)))
Walter on Nov 19, 2016:
I'm sorry for you but Spain like all eatstern countries and many other western ones are lower than Italy at every level))))Or whatelse))))))
nicolas on Nov 18, 2016:
Walter, Marcello, Giovanni or Franco or whatever, obviously are the same person, the same Italian fundamentalist that closes some sentences with multiples parenthesis, i.e. ")))" (you are so obvious!!!) Faithful and consistent with the intelligence that can be found in Italy ha-ha!
Since is true that Spain and Italy are quite similar, for many reasons even Spain is better than Italy, and of course both countries are decades behind of USA, Germany or France. I am sorry if you are so limited that you can't accept or see this reality,... is a fact, is just the truth.
Walter on Nov 18, 2016:
Spanish opinions are useless.Spain is severeal years back compared to Italy))))
nicolas on Nov 17, 2016:
I'm a Spanish researcher's guy living in Rome and I completely agree with the #Vin comments.
Italy is a nice place to travel and to visit the popular places, but is a mess to live!... is for sure an "underdeveloped country" disguised of "developed country", in general Italian people makes lobby and publicity to show this country as one country of "first level" but is just an illusion of stupid people, the bureaucracy is a mess and nothing works properly... also, the Italians are very dirty people and that is reflected in their cities which are disgusting.
I am doing the necessary to go away of this latrine asap and to move to another better country!
Marcello on Nov 01, 2016:
Luke isn't an italian name.You are always the same person writing.Bizantine minding.Hihi)))
Luke on Oct 31, 2016:
has reason 110% .
That's the true , every words he wrote.
I Born in italy, but i always thought the same singol words of Vin.
Of course i am moving outside Italy to do
Business and live.
Franco on Oct 29, 2016:
I'm not from Calabria))))An envious and typical sermon byzantine orthodox minding full of hate towards Italy is lasting .In their byzantine minding (propagnda) pen try to arrive where reality can't.Good sign to be hated)))).
Vin on Oct 20, 2016:
Hi Franco from Calabbbbria! Yeah, I'm very envious towards people whose 79% of young adults live with their parents (mamma e papà) cause they have not the balls to be master of their own lives. And I'm very envious towards a bunch of mentally challenged like you who have not understand yet that I'm italian too.

"Tutto il mondo ci invidia" is the classical statement of the mediocre italian who hasn't understand yet that nobody in the world cares about Italy. Welcome to the 21st century, genius. The Roman Empire has ended 1500 years ago.

Ciao Franco. Questa te la faccio breve perchè il tuo cervello è così limitato da chiamare "sermone" qualcosa che va oltre la lunghezza di un sms.
Testa bassa e pagare le tasse, schiavo.
Vin on Oct 19, 2016:
Please. This is not hate, these are facts. And this is not publicity, this is social advertisement.

And if you want good publicity, dear italian narcissist, I'll meet your demand.

1) You have the highest rate of functional illiteracy in the OECD countries (data:

2) You are last in the literacy proficienty in the OECD countries (

3) You have one of the lowest rate of graduates in the EU area (only 15%, where the EU average is 26%. Check it out:

4) You have the third highest rate of youth unemployment after Greece and Spain (google it)

5) You have the second/third slowest ADSL in the EU area (google it)

6) You have one of the highest percentage of people who doesn't use internet (about 42%. Check it out:

7) You have the same "corruption perception index" as Senegal and Lesotho (

I stop here because I feel sorry for you. These are the facts.
Please stop cheating strangers on these and other websites. If you go to Rome you have to earn at least 60000 EUR/year to have the same quality of life you have in another civilized nation. The same argument holds for Milan.

I know. You hope that rich tourists and foreign workers go to Italy to get their money, because now in Italy you have no more good industries, no more smart people, no more smart engineers, no more smart technicians and so on. You have only tourism to get by.

You are fucked up.
And don't blame the germans, the americans, the jews, the muslisms etc. for that. Yes, I read your newspapers with all the hate your towards other peoples and religions. I read the comments.

What you sow, so shall you reap.
Giovanni on Oct 19, 2016:
When Italy is hated it means it's important.Thanks)You did a good publicity to Italy.
Vin on Oct 18, 2016:
You're not a great power. You are third world ACTING like a great power.
USA is a great power. UK. China. Japan. Singapore. Germany. France. Canada. Australia.
In the future also Brazil and Russia will kick your ass. You're third world, as simple as that. Everybody knows now, the fiction is over.
You are still in the 80s. You are a fail country. Get used to it, Mario.
Anonymous on Oct 18, 2016:
Italy is Italy .A great power.If iitaly is in a bad sitation the otheres are are at the gas tube.
Gemon on Oct 17, 2016:
The whole country is in a bad economic situation. Not only the unemployment, but even the salaries for skilled jobs are crap for the most and you're lucky to save 500 eur a month as an employee.

Is since years that a lot of skilled Italians are leaving the country
Vin on Oct 17, 2016:
Here are the usual italian tramps who say "Italy has the 6th national wealth" which is something like "We are the best country in the world Mario! Tenimm o sole! O mare! A pummarola!" (yes, italians have only one thing on their mind and it's not sex, it's food). And they're thinking this way while they are in a shitstorm: youth unemployment at 40%, very low salaries and last year 107.000 young italians escaped from Italy.

Rome is a good place to visit (unless you're not robbed at the station or near the airpoirt by someone), but it's a mess to live there. I know what I'm saying, since I've been living there.

Don't listen to this "patriotic" romans. They're the same people who made Rome the dirty pigsty which is nowadays.