Italy's trade surplus also rose to €958 million, compared to a deficit of €483 million in August 2012, official data released by the Istat agency on Wednesday showed.
Imports were down 1.1 percent on the month.
On a 12-month comparison, however, exports were down 4.4 percent and imports down 9.8 percent.
Italy has seen some mixed economic results this month, with the latest figures showing a 0.3-percent dip in industrial production but a return to growth for the service sector.
The government is forecasting that a gradual economic recovery will begin later this year but is struggling with a mountain of public debt and difficulties in keeping the deficit in check.