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Tourism

Italy and its regions


Collective tourist accommodation establishments are one of the main indicators of welcome of a country. North-east and Centre were the geographical areas with the widest accommodation capacity, with all regions in these areas recording a number of bed-places per 1,000 inhabitants higher than the national average, with the sole exception of Lazio. The North-west area, instead, recorded the lowest value among the geographical areas, while in the South and Island area, only Abruzzo, Calabria and Sardegna showed values over the national average. Considering the variation in the accommodation capacity in terms of absolute values between 2000 and 2014, there was an increase of 15.3 percent in the number of bed-places at national level.

All regions in the North-east area of the country were above the national average for number of nights spent by tourists in accommodation establishments. Regions in the South and Islands area, with the exception of Sicilia and Molise, also showed values of average length of stay higher than the national average. The top positions were held by Calabria and Marche, with average length of stay of 5.54 and 5.02 nights, respectively. Conversely, regions in the North-west area all showed values lower than the national average.

Regarding the overall number of trips, the Italian regions most visited by Italian residents in 2014 were Emilia-Romagna, Toscana, Lombardia, Veneto and Lazio which accounted for 48.2 percent of tourist flows. Considerable territorial differences are recorded as to the propensity to make trips: in all periods of the year and for all types of trip, the share of tourists coming from regions in the South and Islands area was constantly lower than that from other Italian regions.