Prices in Italy are often very high due to the fact that the country lives mainly from tourism. Therefore, when coming here on vacation, you have to take into account higher costs than in other places in Europe. Especially in popular places, where there are always plenty of visitors, it won’t be cheap. The more so because this country uses the euro currency, which usually makes the prices simply higher for us.
On the other hand, a holiday in Italy does not have to cost a proverbial million coins. Many people have been choosing this direction for years to spend their holidays. Knowing the realities of the local tourist market, we focus on less known spots, so that Italian prices do not fall over the top and use everything that this country offers.
It can even be assumed that the smaller the town, the cheaper.
It’s also better to avoid the high season, which is July, especially August. Then prices in Italy go up, because most residents also have holidays.
Current prices in Italy
Prices in Italy vary depending on the region we want to visit. It is known for a long time that in the north of sunny Italy it is much more expensive than in the south. We can also expect higher prices in Italy in popular cities such as Rome, Milan or Venice.
Also smaller, but very famous places, such as Portofino, Tuscany, Sorento or Lake Como, can also be very expensive.
So if someone dreams of one of the above-mentioned destinations, it is worth first getting acquainted with the prices in force there, and then looking for accommodation in a less known town, located next door.
So what are the prices in Italy that interest travelers the most?
Accommodation prices in Italy
As mentioned above, accommodation prices in Italy are not uniform. In famous resorts, be it on the Mediterranean Sea or in the Italian mountains and lakes, it will be up to two times more expensive than in other places.
Overall, accommodation prices in Italy are high. They are influenced, in addition to the location itself, also by a specific date.
July, August, as well as Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the dates when accommodation prices in Italy soar.
If you do not know where to go for Christmas or you do not have an idea for New Year’s Eve, search the resources of our tourist portal and many dilemmas will disappear.
Average accommodation prices in Italy:
- we have to pay around 20-30 euro per night for a dorm room
- a hostel costs around 35 euro per night
- a two star hotel costs over 60 euro a night
- for a three-star hotel you have to pay 80 euro a day
- a four-star hotel will cost around € 120 a night
- the most luxurious facilities cost at least 300 euro per night
- you have to pay around 500 euro a night to rent a villa
If someone wants to spend a little less on the accommodation in Italy, then they should be interested in booking a given object relatively early or looking for an attractive offer. On the other hand, sometimes it is worth paying a bit more for accommodation that is closer to the center or closer to the beach. Ultimately, we will save some money on commuting.
The more so because parking lots in Italy are often very crowded and paid.
It is also worth investing in night shelters, located close to communication nodes – railway stations, metro or bus stops. In this way, we can easily reach any place that interests us.
Prices for transport and public transport in Italy
Prices for public transport in Italy vary greatly. It all depends on a specific city and town. Therefore, it is best to check ticket prices in a given place to which we will travel. The average price of a single ticket for public transport in Italy is from 1.30 to 2 euro. It is much more profitable to buy daily tickets (their cost is 5-8 euro on average) or even several-day tickets if you intend to travel so often.
Another option is to buy a city card, which, apart from free tickets to some attractions, very often also offers free transport around the city.
When it comes to getting from town to town in Italy, the most convenient way is by rail. Unfortunately, train tickets can be really expensive here. Sometimes a trip from one city to another can cost 60 euro. It also depends on when we book a ticket. The closer to the departure date, the more expensive it will be.
Examples of train ticket prices in Italy:
- Rome – Milan from 53 euro
- Venice – Turin from 30 euro
- Bologna – Florence from 9 euro
- Naples – Pisa from 35 euro
- Bari – Rome from 48 euro
On the other hand, the coach network is another option, which is much less frequently chosen as a transport by tourists. Maybe due to their slightly lower availability (it also concerns the Italian language on less touristic routes) and their comfort. However, sometimes you have to use them, even if you need to get to a town where there is no train connection.
Taxi and fuel prices in Italy
When it comes to taxi prices in Italy, they are of course dependent on the region. It is known that in Rome or Milan they will be higher than in Bari or Catania. The average prices of taxi services in Italy are at the following level – the entrance itself costs from 3.50 to even 10 euro.
Additionally, each kilometer driven here will cost from 1 to 3 euro. However, you will have to pay 23 to 50 euro for an hour of parking.
In turn, fuel prices in Italy are among the highest in Europe. That is why many people recommend people traveling with their own car to refuel at the stations in Austria. However, in Italy itself, it is more advantageous to refuel outside of highways, where the fuel prices are slightly lower.
Average fuel prices in Italy:
- 95 gasoline costs 1.44 euro per liter
- petrol 98 EUR 1.80 per liter
- diesel 1.32 euro per liter
- LPG 0.59 euro per liter
Food prices in shops in Italy
Typical Italian products such as olive oil, pasta, coffee, sauces and pesto, wines and other regional alcohol are cheaper in Italy than outside them, so it is worth getting them as souvenirs. When it comes to specific stores, the Conad supermarket chain is the best stocked. There are always some promotions here and the prices are not excessive. It is also worth stocking up at the Penny Market discount store and Lidl, Auchan or Carrefour stores. On the other hand, the Italian chain of Coop stores, despite a large selection of goods, is quite expensive.
However, the highest food prices in Italy will still be in the campsites and small shops scattered around the city and geared towards tourists. However, it is worth getting interested in local fairs, which are organized practically in every town, usually on weekends.
The prices of dairy products, meat or agricultural products may not be lower, but their quality beats the head, goods from supermarkets.
Average prices of basic groceries in shops in Italy:
- toast bread 1 euro
- plain bread 1.60 euro
- baguette 0.80 euro
- butter 1.80 euro (250 g)
- milk 1.10 euro (l)
- eggs 2.70 euro (12 pieces)
- fruit yoghurts 2.90 euro (4 items)
- yellow cheese 3.50 (250 g)
- white cheese 2.80 euro (250 g)
- mozzarella 3.20 euro (375 g)
- ham 2.80 euro (140 g)
- mortadella 11 euro (kg)
- sausage 17 euro (kg)
- beef 15 euro (kg)
- breast fillet 8.30 euro (kg)
- pasta 0.80 euro (500 g)
- olive oil 6 euro (l)
- rice 1.90 euro (kg)
- olives 1 euro (100 g)
- nutella 3.65 euro (450 g)
- chocolate 1.35 euro (100 g)
- coffee 2.50 euro (250 gr)
- canned crisps 2.20 euro (165 g)
Average prices of vegetables and fruits in shops in Italy:
- bell pepper 2 euro (kg)
- cucumbers 1.10 euro (kg)
- tomatoes 2 euro (kg)
- lettuce 1.10 euro (pcs)
- onion 1.30 euro (kg)
- potatoes 1.20 euro (kg)
- asparagus 4 euro (420 g)
- zucchini 1.50 euro (kg)
- mushrooms 2 euro (400 g)
- mandarins 1.35 euro (kg)
- oranges 1.80 euro (kg)
- strawberries 2 euro (250 g)
- grapes 2 euro (kg)
- melon 1 euro (kg)
- bananas 1.70 euro (kg)
- apples 1.80 euro (kg)
- pears 2.20 euro (kg)
- kiwi 3.20 euro (kg)
Average prices of drinks, alcohol and cigarettes in shops in Italy:
- water 0.40 euro (1.5l)
- cola 1.10 euro (l)
- energy drink 1.40 euro (0.25l)
- juice 1.5 euro (l)
- ice tea 1.15 euro (1.5l)
- limoncello 3.80 euro (0.7l)
- prosecco 4 euro
- wine 5 euro
- vermouth 7.80 euro (l)
- vodka 8.50 euro (0.7l)
- aperol 8 euro (0.7l)
- campari 11 euro (0.7l)
- local beer 1.30 euro (0.5l)
- imported beer 1.80 euro (0.33l)
- whiskey 13 euro
- a pack of cigarettes 5.50 euro
Dinner prices in restaurants in Italy
The prices of meals in restaurants in Italy also vary. The highest of them are, of course, in all tourist attractions, such as Venice or Rome, especially near the greatest monuments and attractions. Similarly, in other places in the very center of the city, the prices of meals can be even two or three times higher.
Therefore, if we keep an eye on the budget, it is worth moving away from such places. Where locals sit, it should be tasty and inexpensive.
Dinner prices in inexpensive eateries should not exceed 10-20 euro per person. In a slightly better place, we will spend about 25 euro for such a meal (for three courses). On the other hand, in the most exquisite restaurants in Italy, dinner can cost up to 100 or 200 euro per person. So if we count on street food, unfortunately Italy is not the best place for it. Yes, there are well-known fast-food chains, but most often we will get pizzas (2 euro) or other such snacks.
If someone counts every penny, it is best to try out trattorias, where prices are simply lower, instead of restaurants. It is also worth ordering take-away meals, as in Italy a service charge (the so-called coperto) is often added, which starts from 3.50 euro upwards, per person. Even coffee drunk at the bar is cheaper than when we sit at a table.
Average meal prices in restaurants in Italy:
- pizza from 5-6 euro (basic version)
- pasta from 7-8 euro
- soup 7 euro
- salad from 6-7 euro
- breakfast from 4 euro
- panini up to 5 euro
- bruschetta from 3 euro
- lasagne from 5 euro
- desserts with sauce from 7 euro
- meat dish from 12 euro
- risotto from 8-9 euro
- hamburger with fries from 4-5 euro
- steak from 22 euro
Average prices in cafes and bars in Italy:
- a’la carte desserts 6-8 euro
- ice cream portion from 2.50 euro
- tiramisu 5.50 euro
- ricotta with fruit 5 euro
- chocolate souffle 4 euro
- brioche 1-2 euro
- croissant + coffee 3 euro
- fruit salad from 3 euro
- cappuccino 1.40 euro
- espresso 0.95 euro
- latte macchiato 1.20 euro
- tea 1.5 euro
- water 1 euro (0.33l)
- cola 2.10 euro (0.33l)
- lemonade 3 euro
- freshly squeezed juice 3 euro
- local beer 5 euro (0.5l)
- imported beer 4 euro (0.33l)
- house wine from 5 euro (carafe)
- wine from the menu from 5 euro (glass)
- drink from 3 euro
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Prices for attractions in Italy
The prices of attractions in Italy depend heavily on their popularity. The more they are visited, the more the price is high. On average, you can say that you have to spend from 10 to 20 euro for one entry. Sometimes there are also additional fees for online reservations on a specific date. It is also worth remembering that admission to some museums in Italy is free on the first Monday of each month.
Sample prices of attractions in Italy:
- The bell tower in Venice 8 euro
- St. Peter in the Vatican (with entrance to the dome) 10 euro
- Uffizi Gallery in Florence 12 euro (winter term)
- Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo 3 euro
- Greek Theater in Taormina 10 euro
- Archaeological Park of Syracuse 10 euro
- Sforza Castle in Milan 10 euro
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in Milan 15 euro
- Colosseum and Roman Forum in Rome 16 euro
- Palazzo Pepoli – Bologna History Museum 13 euro
- vineyard tour 60-70 euro per person
- Italian cooking lessons from 100 euro
See also the sights and attractions of Milan.
Prices for souvenirs and things to bring from Italy
- magnet 1-3 euro
- Apulian ceramics from 10 euro
- puppet from Sicily from 10 euro
- lemon liqueur 10 euro
- olive oil from 5-6 euro per liter
- truffles from 7 euro
- Italian sparkling wine 4-5 euro
- parmesan from 5-6 euro for 200 grams
- Pane Carasau (Sardinian pancakes) 2.60 euro for 250 grams
- Italian salami from 23 euro per kilo
- polenta (type of flour / corn grits) 2.70 euro per kilogram
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