It was a welcome relief getting back to Sardinia yesterday. Everything is so damn cheap. Every time I went to buy something in the UK, I was converting into Euros and thinking 'this is such a bad deal'. Oh my goodness, how much do I moan? Feel free to tell me to shut up.
But it's true. Here's a quick breakdown in costs in the UK and Italy:
Bus ticket: UK - £3.70 for eight miles. Italy - Eur3 for 50km
Plate of pasta in restaurant: UK - £8. Italy - Eur4
Pint of beer in restaurant: UK - £2.50. Italy - Eur1.60
1 litre bottle of mineral water in restaurant: UK -(I don't know, I had tap water). Italy - Eur1.20 (I don't drink tapwater here. Neither would you when it sometimes comes out a rather disturbing muddy brown or sand-coloured).
Cappuccino: UK - £1.75. Italy - Eur1.20
Ok, so there are a few flaws in my non-scientific comparison. I admit that.
One, Sardinia is a fairly cheap region of Italy and my prices aren't taken from the Costa Smeralda - apart from the cappuccino at Olbia airport yesterday when I arrived. Had I been in Milan, Rome or Florence the prices would have been much higher.
Two, I did eat the pasta in an expensive UK restaurant. It probably would have cost less elsewhere.
Three, I'm only basing it on one price rather than average of lots of different prices which would have been more acccurate.
But, still, gives you an idea as to how far your Euro will stretch in Italy.