Gas Prices in Italy Sky High

The cost of gas has been rising everywhere and in Italy today the price of one liter hit 1.96 euros.

If I do my math correctly a liter is 0.26 gallons or just a little over one fourth of a gallon, so it takes approximately four liters to equal a gallon. One gallon of gas in Italy then would be approximately four times today’s price of one liter, or close to eight euros. At today’s exchange rate of 1 euro = 1.31 US dollars, then one gallon of gas in Italy would cost close to $10.50. It makes the $3.80 a gallon price I paid today for gas a bargain. It’s all relative.

I am renting a car in Rome and driving to Sicily and then back to Rome (I know, call me crazy). I guess I’d better plan on a few hundred more euros to cover the gasoline costs. Supposedly it is going to be a Fiat 500 and at least the gas mileage of those cars is good, somewhere between 33 and 38 mpg. We’ll see.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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4 Responses to Gas Prices in Italy Sky High

  1. Anonymous says:

    I rented a Fiat 500 last time I was there; it was like driving a 5 speed gumball machine with wheels…but it did get great mileage! Have fun!!!


  2. So home much did it end up costing you? I’m planning on renting a Fiat 500 to drive in Sicily in November. I may be changing my mind, depending on your response! LOL


  3. It coast a lot more than I had thought when all was said and done. You can read my post about it here,

    They did not have the Fiat 500 and gave us a Mercedes class A instead which turned out to be better for the luggage. All in all, the care rental for 5 days was $500 because I had to have an automatic transmission. Between the gas and tolls, I think it was another $500.The mistake was driving from Rome to Sicily and back in 5 days.We could have flown there for a much more economical price,rented the car in Sicily and flown back. I drove 1200 miles in 5 days. Good luck! You do however definitely need a car in Sicily.


  4. Marilyn says:

    Was shocked to see the price of gasoline in Italy. Plan to fly into Palermo and rent a car to explore the island. Three weeks visiting smaller towns and villages, no highway travel. Appreciate the info… glad I saved for “extras.” Do hope we get one of those 5-speed gumball machines.


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