A record number of Italian tourists stayed in Italy this summer, a survey revealed on Thursday.
Between July and August some 23 million Italians opted for a domestic holiday, compared to 17 million in 2020 and 18 million in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year.
“This is an unexpected result,” said the survey by Cna Turismo e Commercio, which ANSA published an advance copy.
The Italians were joined by six million foreign tourists, the survey said.
This was a lot fewer than the years before the pandemic but a lot more than expected, said Cna Turismo e Commercio.
They said the result was due to the positive effects of the Green Pass vaccine passport.
The Italian economy is picking up as the country emerges from the worst of the pandemic thanks to a vaccine rollout.
Photo: Tourists take a selfie with the background of the Ponte dei Sospiri, on San Marco pier in Venice, Italy. EPA-EFE/Andrea Merola