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Culture and leisure time

An overview


Household spending for cultural consumption is one of the key indicators identified by the Eu for assessing policies for the long-term development of living conditions and  welfare.

In 2016 Italian households on average dedicated 6.8% of total final consumption expenditure torecreation and culture.

In 2018 the rate of book readers remained unchanged, and nearly half of them read a maximum of 3 books a year. Book reading was mostly widespread among young people aged 11-19 years and women.

In 2017, 38.3% of printed books were also spread in e-book format, but only 8.6% of Internet users used the network to access digital books, and people aged 18-19 years were the major users.


Newspaper readers continued to decrease in 2018, and were mostly men and adults.

Compared to 2017, the percentage of individuals reading newspapers, news and magazines on the Internet grew from 32.3% to 35.3%. The phenomenon is most widespread among men and in the 20-34 age group (over 50%).


Cultural participation showed a slight growth compared to 2017: in 2018 the number of visits to museums, archaeological sites and other music concerts increased, while cinema attendance, on the other hand, continued to decrease.