Living as a Digital Nomad in Italy: The Essentials
The most important requirement for digital nomads to successfully work in Italy in a remote
working setup is that they have reliable, fast, and affordable internet connectivity. When
looking at accommodation options, digital nomads will need to select accommodation that has
an inclusive fast internet connection.
In the main cities such as Rome and Milan, you can find an average internet speed of 13Mbps.
More remote locations will generally have slower internet speeds and less availability of
co-workspaces to work from.
While living in Italy you can buy SIM cards from Italian telephone providers to avoid excessive
roaming charges from a UK telephone provider. The main companies supplying the best deals for
SIM cards are Wind Tre, TIM, Vodafone, and Iliad.
Tourist SIMs will cost around €20 (around $21) but you should be able to buy a local SIM card
to benefit from the lower rates. You may be required to pay an activation fee to use a SIM card
on top of the cost, so enquire about this when you purchase your SIM.
The best SIM deal will depend on the type of usage you require and the amount of data, whether
you need unlimited calls etc.
To give an idea of the costs, a TIM Tourist SIM costs around €22 (around $23) for 15 GB of 4G
data, 200 call minutes, and free chat messaging on Whatsapp, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger.
The tourist SIMs are generally only valid for 1 month, so you would need to purchase more or
choose a monthly contract.
Co-Working Spaces in Italy
There are some amazing co-working spaces across Italy where you can meet like-minded nomads
and enjoy a productive work environment.
Whether you want to work from the busy city of Rome or you prefer to search for
Italian hidden gems
, or work somewhere scenic on the
coast, you will be able to find a co-working space.
These are just some of the great options:
- The Freelancer's Island, Milan
- TSH Collab, Florence
- Coaster, Rome
- Groworking, Rome
You can use many of these co-working spaces either on a daily rate or secure a desk for a full month.
There are also lots of cafes that offer free WiFi but not all have reliable, secure connections so
co-working spaces or setting up an office in your apartment could be a better solution when you need
to be working online.
Cost of Living
The average cost of living in Italy is around 30% less expensive than living in the UK, although
the costs vary across different regions.
Buying local Italian produce can often help you reduce costs and the cost of eating out will depend
on where you are and the type of restaurant you choose. Avoiding busy tourist areas will help you
to find cheaper restaurants in Italy.
The rail network in Italy is very convenient to travel into cities and across the country. You can
book tickets with Italiarail with fares being based on the distance and time of the journey. As an
example, a ticket from Milan to Rome will cost between €50 and €100 (between $52 and $105) and train
tickets are cheaper than similar distance UK train journeys.
Renting a property will vary depending on location and quality of accommodation but renting in Rome
is on average 16.26% cheaper than renting in Milan.
Renting outside of the city center will be considerably cheaper than renting in the city center
(average €1,035 vs €717 per month for 1 bedroom apartment).
You will usually be required to move into a property and landlords can request up to 3 months' rent
but 1 month's rent is more common.
Digital Nomad Hotspots in Italy
Milan and Rome are the top cities that nomads choose to work from in Italy, allowing them to enjoy
the local culture and visit the top attractions in the city. The restaurants, entertainment, and
nightlife are also important factors in choosing to work remotely from these locations.
Florence, Palermo, Naples, Turin, and Bari are all good places to work from if you are looking for
a combination of cheaper rent but plenty to do.