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Cost of Living

Italy utilizes the decimal based Euro (€) system. Exchange rates can fluctuate on a daily basis. The prices listed below are provided to help you estimate expenses, though may vary slightly according to city. You may wish to also visit the Planning a Budget page for further information.


Everyday Items

Tipping

not obligatory

Tipping-taxi drivers

5-10% of meter amount

Tipping-cup of coffee at counter of a bar

€0.10

Tipping- Good service in trattoria

€1.00-1.50

Tipping-Hair dressers

€1.50-4.00

Tipping-upscale restaurant, service not included

10-15%

Airmail postcard to US

Airmail 20 g letter

Letter to Europe 20g

€1.00

€0.60-1.40

€0.75

Local Call – one unit (duration depends on time of day)

Call to US (3 minutes)

€0.10

€1.60-2.60

Newspaper, daily

Newspaper, Friday

Herald Tribune (US)

€1.00

€1.20

€1.55 

Coin Laundry - Wash

€4.00 per load

Coin Laundry - Dry

€4.00 per load

Haircut, men

€16.00-26.00

Haircut, women

€25.00-50.00

Theater ticket

€20.00-40.00

Classical Music Concert

€25.00-40.00

Rock Concert (big acts)

€18.00-40.00

Cinema

€6.00-8.00

Cinema on Wednesday

€5.50

Monthly Bus Pass

€30.00

Single Ticket

€1.00

Fine for not having a valid ticket

€101.00

Florence-Rome train

€30.00-45.00 one way

Florence-Perugia train

€11.00 one way

Perugia-Rome train

€11.00-23.00 one way

Carta Verde (gives 1/3 off train for travelers under 26 - purchase in Italy)

€40.00

Color Film Roll

€3.50-6.00

Print photo

€0.06

Blank DVD

€0.50

Hairdryer

€15.00-25.00

Umbrella

€5.00

Spiral Notebook

€1.50-2.50

Ballpoint pen

€1.00

Italian Paperback

€6.00-50.00

English Paperback

€5.00-26.00

20 Cigarettes, domestic brand

€4.00

20 Cigarettes, foreign brand

€5.00

Food

Restaurant, fine

€50.00+

Restaurant, modest

€20.00

Pub, pizzeria

€10.00-20.00

Fast food chain

€6.00-8.00

Espresso

€0.80

Cappuccino

€1.00

Caffe Latte

€1.30

Orange juice, fresh squeezed

€3.00

Hot tea

€1.50

Coca Cola, can

€1.50-2.30

Mineral water, glass

€0.30

Cornetto (croissant/danish)

€0.80

Sandwich

€1.80-3.50

Groceries

Hamburger

€8.00/kilo

Fresh Fish

€13.00-15.00/kilo

Pork Chops

€8.00/kilo

Chicken

€6.00-9.00/kilo

Beef Filet

€15.00-20.00/kilo

Apples

€1.40/kilo

Bananas

€1.50-1.80/kilo

Grapes, in season only

€1.80-2.60/kilo

Oranges, in season

€1.50-2.00/kilo

Potatoes

€1.00/kilo

Lettuce

€2.00-4.00/kilo

Carrots

€1.00/kilo

Onions

€1.00/kilo

Tomatoes

€1.50-2.80/kilo

Miscellaneous Food/Drink

Ice Cream Cone

€1.50

Spaghetti, 1/2 kilo

€0.80

Olive oil, liter

€6.00

Bread, loaf

€1.00-2.50

Roll

€0.30

Six eggs

€1.30

Butter, 1/2 kilo

€4.00

Tomatoes, can

€0.80-1.00

Jam (jar)

€1.70

Corn Flakes

€2.70

Tuna Fish, can

€1.50

Candy Bar

€0.80-1.50

Coffee, 250 gr.

€2.80-3.00

Moderate Quality Wine

€4.00

Orange Juice, liter

€1.50-2.00

Mineral Water, 1.5 liter

€0.60

Milk, liter

€1.50

Coca Cola, can at supermarket

€0.50-1.50

Tea Bags, 250 gr.

€2.50

Detergent

€4.70

Toothpaste

€2.00

Tampons,10

€2.80

Facial Tissues

€1.00

Bar soap, 1 bar

€1.00-1.50

Shampoo

€2.00-2.50

Shaving Cream

€2.00-3.60

Deodorant

€3.00-4.00

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