The overall cost of living in Rome for 2 people per month starts from 1500 euro. Rome is not cheap city to live in, but it is less expensive than many other European cities. Moreover, there are still many places that do not accept credit cards and Italy is a country where you always need to have cash. However, the Eternal City is one of the most touristic cities in the world and all tourist spots accept credit cards.
The cost of living in Rome is equivalent to any big international city, but still cheaper than cities like Tokyo, Paris or New York. Be ready that some things in Italy are more expensive than in the United States, for instance, energy costs, heating, fuel and electricity. On the other hand, food is much cheaper and healthier than in any other country since Italians pay a lot of attention to the freshness of products.
The average cost of spending on grocery per month for 1 person is 250-300 euro, considering that a person buys a rich variety of products and personal items. Moreover, going out to the restaurant for lunch or dinner will cost you from 10 to 30 euro.
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Undoubtedly, the greatest expense in Rome will be rent. If you want to find a studio or a small one-bedroom apartment, be ready to pay 900-1100 euro per month. Moreover, there is a separate fee which goes to the agency, 10-13% from the whole amount you pay for the apartment (e.g. 10 months x 1000 euro = 10.000 euro + 1000-1300 euro that go to the agency). Of course, you can try to find an apartment without the help of agencies, but it is better to know Italian in this case and be careful for not to be cheated.
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It is worth to mention that having a car in Rome is inconvenient and expensive. There are different rules, roads are full of traffic and if you are not a resident, you can’t drive to the historical centre of Rome.
Talking about public transportation, it is local feature which is easily described as chaos. Be ready that a bus, tram or train can be late. Be ready that it will not come at all. Be ready that most of the times there are no ticket controllers and many people do not buy tickets. But still, public transportation option exists and it is usable:
Rome is full of entertainment, sports and leisure options.
Prices for personal expenses are pretty similar to any other european city. You can find international and local brands in Rome with a rich variety of products:
Overall, Rome is not the cheapest city for living, but not as expensive as London or Paris. Be ready for the best food experience in your life, heavy traffics and interesting life with locals.
Author: Kate Zusmann
For the last 6 years I live in the Eternal City. Traveling, exploring new things, writing blogs, shooting vlogs are my main hobbies, but the thing that I like even more is to share my experience and thoughts with you! Explore Rome with Us :)
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