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.