The overall cost of living in Rome for two people per month starts from 1500 euro. Rome is not a cheap city to live in, but it is less expensive than many other European cities. Moreover, many places 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.
In Rome, the cost of living 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.
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The average cost of spending on groceries per month for one person is 250-300 euro, considering that a person buys a wide variety of products and personal items. Moreover, going out to the restaurant for lunch or dinner will cost you from 10 to 30 euros.
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Undoubtedly, rent is the most significant part of the cost of living in Rome. Therefore, if you want to find a studio or a small one-bedroom apartment, be ready to pay 900-1100 euros per month. Moreover, a separate fee goes to the agency, 10-13% from the whole amount you pay for the apartment (e.g., ten 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 not to be cheated.
It is worth mentioning that having a car in Rome is inconvenient and expensive. In addition, there are different rules, roads are full of traffic, and if you are not a resident, you can’t drive to the historical center of Rome.
Talking about public transportation, it is a local feature easily described as chaos. Be ready that a bus, tram or train can be late. Or it will not come at all. Be ready that there are no ticket controllers most of the time, 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 wide 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 exciting life with locals.
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For the last 10 years, I live in the Eternal City. Traveling, exploring new things, writing blogs, and shooting vlogs are my main hobbies, but the thing that I like even more is sharing my experience and thoughts with you! Explore Rome with Us :)
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