Cost of Living Report, Sardinia, Italy 2017

Cost of Living Report, Sardinia, Italy 2017

It is with great pleasure to announce the long-awaited 2017 Cost of Living Report, Sardinia, Italy. The last report was almost five years ago, so I thought it was due for an update.

Most villages in Sardinia have a weekly fresh market that sells local fruit and vegetables, cheese and salami, clothing, kitchenware, locally made leather goods, locally made pocket knives and fresh flowers. I prefer to buy local and go to the town’s weekly market every Monday morning. I fill my re-cycled cotton sacs with enough in-season produce to last about a week, I also buy about 400gr of aged pecorino and local salami at the market. It’s fresh, it’s local and I’ve bought like this for over 10 years and I wouldn’t change a thing!

There are many shops where you can get your daily meal:

  • Buy local from the farmer at his farm or farm stand.
  • Buy from the local supermarket.
  • Buy from larger supermarkets like Sigma, LD, LiDL, Nonna Isa, Auchan, Sisa, and many others.

Prices will vary across the island, closer to the sea expect to pay 25% more than in rural areas. Prices will also greatly vary from supermarket to supermarket. The prices listed below are a median price between discount supermarkets, Major Brand supermarkets, and the Local Farmer supermarket.


Cost of Living Report

Sardinia, Italy




1 liter of Gas €1,65 in the city €1,85(rural) €1,39 (city) to €1,95+(rural)
Electricity (every 2 months) and depends on the time of year. Winter €63

Summer €48

Winter €75 (now includes a €10 a month fee for RAI television channels.)

Summer €68,80

Home Internet – Vodafone, Wind, 3, Telecom Italia (Alice), Infostrada, Tiscali, Fastweb are the main providers. Most bars and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi. €15/month for 10 hours of internet time, a day.


€20/month for 10GB of usage per month. (Much better 4 years ago when there was longer internet usage, could watch videos, the odd movie, and even MotoGP. The only way around this is to have a fixed line for home internet and a contract. I prefer pay-as-you-go with zero contracts as some companies automatically charge crazy amounts for going over your usage, not recharging the monthly payment on time, taking GB from the user and the list could go on.)
Cellphone – same companies as above. €10 a month, only calls & texts. €7 a month with 4GB, 300 mins to Canada, 500 mins within Italy, Unlimited text to other Vodafone users, 1 free text to other telephone companies.
Water Drinking water we get from a freshwater fountain a few towns over. Still get drinking water from the same fountain. Great water!
Eating Out Two pizzas €5-€12 plus cover change €2,50, a bottle of local wine €8, dessert €4-€8, coffee €2.

Let’s not forget the high-end restaurants in areas like Porto Cervo, Palau, Cagliari City and Santa Teresa where you can pay anywhere from €100 to €600++ a person for dinner out.


About the same. Pizza prices haven’t changed in 5 years. Some places have charged a higher cover charge; bottles of wine will be more expensive than local wine.

There are still those fabulously glitzy restaurants to spend those euros on.

Rent By the sea €700 to €1200. Interior €300 to €600. By the sea €800 to €1500+. Interior €400 to €800+.


6 eggs free range €1,15 €.99 (discount store) or €1,20 to €1,99 in other supermarkets.
1 liter of milk .79c to €1,77 .99c to €2,99
300 grams local bread .95c €1,20
500 grams major brand pasta .64c to .83c .50c – €1,10
1 kg potatoes €2,50 €3,00
5 large bananas €2,39 €2,79


6 two liter bottle of water €1,80 €1,99 – €3,28
16 regular maxi pads €2,39 €2,79 (for 11 pads)


8 Tampons €3,29 €3,49 – €4,29
6 Condoms ??? €8,00
Major brand toothpaste €2,39 – €3,59 Prices haven’t varied much here. You can find good toothpaste on sale for .99c.
Laundry detergent €2,50 – €8,99 Roughly the same.
Dish Soap .99c .99c – €1,50
Diapers (small pack) €4,99 – €7,29 €5,29 – €8,79


5 thinly sliced chicken breast €5,41 €2,39 – €3,50 (the only thing that has gone down in price.)
400 grams minced beef €3,85 €4,19
500 grams local salsicca €5,48 €6,15
¼ local pecorino cheese €4,23 €4,65

Have I forgotten anything or is there something I missed that you’re curious about? Please tell me about it in the comment section below.

and …

How does the Cost of Living Sardinia 2017 compare to where you live?

10 responses

  1. I pay 1.80 for a liter of wine.I buy local and buy 5 liters at a time in glass bottle.
    Eggs hear are 35 cents each,fresh free range from neighbour . Electrics are more expensive if you do not have residencedency the same with water. ,if you own your own home you have tax to pay.remember their is the rubbish collection to pay anualy roughly 70 euro paid twice in a year.electric for me in winter about 140 each two months from December to end of march and summer about 30.I am on the night time cheaper rate.and all weekend .If you need to buy logs ,Each winter I order 20 quintale for 330 euros last me all winter and cut in three different sizes
    My broadband is very fast I pay 28 per month for unlimited WiFi.

      • Dear Jennifer
        what happened to your internet are you with Tim once Telecom the main supplier, they have put in fiber optics hear but it cost more it is the council of your area who do all that stuff mine is good, perhaps have a word with the local Mayor, it is much better to pay extra and stay with the main supplier, that is a shame for you,I need good broadband for work and family I am sure like most people,what does LOL mean I am a bit thick.
        God Bless you for your Blog thanks.

      • Because we left Italy for close to three years we had to cancel our internet contracts. When we moved back, we didn’t want a fixed line, so went pay as you go, this was the best option at the time.

  2. Hi Jennifer. Interesting reading thank you. I think I would also include beer and wine – we get our Cannonau from Perfugas at €2.15/litre. Large bottle of Ichnusa from local Chiaramonti bar €2.50 but around €1 from the supermarket.
    On a lighter note, I would have put condoms, diapers and alcohol in the same category as I believe they are all linked!
    Thanks again.

  3. So, I’m wondering about the price for electricity during the winter…does that price include leaving the heating on 24 hours a day?!?! lol! I need to know how many hours a day I can keep mine on without breaking the bank! 😉

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