The cost of living in Italy varies widely depending on your chosen location. Life in bigger cities is naturally more expensive than quieter rural parts of the country.
The North of Italy tends to be wealthier with higher living costs, especially in Milan and Rome, although these are still far less expensive cities than the likes of Paris or London where rent costs are far higher. The cost of living in the South of Italy is considerably less costly, with property, dining out and entertainment all more affordable, although this is reflected in local salaries.
Italy has one of the highest fuel and car insurance costs in Europe, whereas public transport is much more reasonably priced. Taxes are comparatively lower than in the Uk for example, but utility bills (electricity and gas) are slightly higher. Numbeo provides a useful breakdown to help calculate the cost of living and plan an estimated budget when moving to a new place from abroad.
For more information and tips on moving to Italy, visit MumAbroad.com‘s useful relocation guide including advice on finding somewhere to live, the Italian healthcare system, Italian education, visas and more.