>> In 2011 Italian households on average dedicated 7.3 percent of total final consumption expenditure to recreation and culture.

>> In 2011, full-time equivalent units employed in the production of cultural, recreational and sport goods and services were 410,000, 54,000 units more than in the year 2000 (+15.1 percent). This increase occurred at a significantly higher-than-average pace, considering that the number of labour units employed by the whole economy grew by 2.5 percent compared to 2000.

>> In 2013 43.0 percent of the population said they had read at least one book during their leisure time; People read more in the Centre and North regions (49.5 percent against 30.7 percent in the South and Islands) and women read more than men (49.3 and 36.4 percent, respectively).

>> Less than one in two Italian residents (49.4 percent) said that they read a newspaper at least once a week and 36.2 percent of these at least five days out of seven. An increasing number of Italians used the network for reading newspapers, magazines or news: they grew from 11.0 percent in 2005 to 33.2 percent in 2013.

>> In 2013, cinema ranked first among the various kinds of cultural activity pursued outside the home (47.0 percent of the population aged 6 and over). This was followed by visits to museums and exhibitions (25.9 percent). Among other cultural activities, visits to museums and exhibitions involved at least one quarter of the population (25.9 per cent).

>> Individuals aged 3 and over practising sport were 18,000,000 (nearly one in three Italian): 21.5 percent of these on a regular basis and 9.1 percent on an occasional basis. Despite not practicing sports, 27.9 percent on the population was physically active, while 41.2 percent was sedentary. Trentino-Alto Adige was the region with the highest share of sports practitioners (47.8 percent), while Campania recorded the lowest percentage (18.9 percent).