Almost one half of all Italians (18 million people) will not go on holiday this summer, according to a survey carried out by the Italian business association Confesercenti-Swg.
According to the findings, only 25,700,000 Italians will go on a summer holiday this year – around 58 percent of the population.
Of the 18 million Italians who won’t be going on holiday, 14 million said the financial crisis was to blame.
Seven percent claimed responsibilities at work prevented them from taking a vacation. But that’s not to say that those who have managed to unglue themselves from their desks this summer will be giving up on work altogether.
A whopping ten million of Italian holidaymakers will be packing their computer for work purposes.
This year's figures show a dramatic shift in the number of holidaymakers compared with the last few years.
In 2010, 80 percent of Italians declared they would be going on holiday. In 2012 that figure fell to 66 percent – eight percent more than this year.
The study also noted a decrease in holiday spending with an average spend per person of €961compared with €1056 in 2008 before the financial crisis struck.
The most popular destinations among Italians – according to the survey – include Spain, Germany and the Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna and Sicily.
Yesterday, Legambiente and the Touring Club Italiano published a list of Italy’s best beaches and lakes for the 2013 edition of the Blue Guide. You can view a gallery of the best beaches in 2013 here.