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Rome is a city in which to enjoy the pleasures of life.


Every neighborhood have  streets and squares full of fashion boutiques: Armani, Valentino, Chanel, Hermès  amongst others. There is on offer a wide range of  cafes, restaurants , cinemas, theatres, art galleries and music venues befitting a great European Capital. Rome is a magnet for foreigners and the cost of living reflects this.


Real estate, renovation costs, domestic service personnel, utilities, gasoline, restaurants, specialty shops, hotels, piano-bars... tend to be more costly   than in most other European Countries.


An estimation of the cost of living can be a very helpful tool to those who are planning on moving to Rome. One should take into account that cost of living varies from neighorhood to neighborhood depending on location and  housing available.


By "doing as the Romans do"... buying fresh food  at the local markets and  by integrating into the local economy, one can reduce costs significantly.


In Rome, for an average apartment of 60 square meters (about 600 square feet) appox. 2 bedrooms, it is common to pay around  € 1000 to 2500 per month.


A meal in a standard priced  restaurant it's about € 30 a person wine excluded.


Night and leisure life can be very expensive:

The price for a cocktail ranges from 6 € in a standard bar to 20 € in a night club or a piano bar.


Bus and subway tickets are reasonable priced at € 1, while a short taxi ride could be up to € 10.


In the Outskirts of Rome, living costs are significantly less. 


Below are some quotations made based upon the average 2 person household :

GAS - If you are using city gas  the average would be  around € 30 per month.

WATER - Usually in an apartment, water is included  in your condominium fees.  Otherwise the average would be € 20 per month. 

ELECTRICITY - Average is € 70 per month.  The base allotment for electricity is 3.0 kW.  To increase this you will need to pay around € 75 for every extra kW.The price of usage per kW goes up as well.

GROCERIES  For a family of 4 the average cost is € 700 per month.


Link to calculator that allows you to estimate the salary you should make in proportion to your current wage and lifestyle.