Culture and leisure time
Italy and its regions
The percentage of household expenditure on recreation and culture shows a high regional variability. In 2016, the highest value of spending on recreational and cultural services was observed in the North-west, where it accounted for about 7.4% of the total final consumption expenditure. The same value decreased to 6.6% in the Centre, and to 5.7% in the South and Islands area.
Between 2001 and 2016, the share of household expenditure on recreational and cultural services decreased by 0.5 percentage points as a general trend in all geographical areas and regions.
In 2018, all regions of the South and Islands area showed a lower propensity to read books than the Centre and North: Sardegna, with more book readers than the national average, was the only exception. The use of the Internet to read or download e-books was most widespread in the North-west (10.4%), while in the South and Islands it fell to 6.6%. Sicilia and Calabria were the regions where the use of the Internet to read or download e-books was less widespread.
The reading of newspapers was most widespread in the North. In the South and Islands area, Sardegna was the only exception: the share of readers was higher than in some northern regions, as well as that of heavy readers (5 or more times a week). Even the reading of online newspapers, news and magazines was more widespread in the Centre and North than in the South and Islands.
Participation to events and entertainments out of home was greater in the Centre and North areas than in the South and Islands. The gap between geographical areas was very significant with regard to visits to museums and monuments, while it was smaller as regards attending dancing venues and cinemas.