Inflation bites, and Italians on vacation find ever higher prices: hotels, trips, umbrellas cost more than a year ago. Yes but by how much? And is it really true that this is the most expensive summer ever? We went to crunch the numbers. With some surprises.
Expensive petrol, expensive plane tickets, expensive hotels and establishments: there is a lot of talk about it, but is summer 2023 really the most expensive for Italians who want to go on vacation? Yes and no: sifting through the ISTAT numbers you will find several surprises. We are talking about July, for which we have complete data, therefore more or less half of the summer season. With the premise that many price increases (with related controversies) are underway in August.
Let’s go. Who chose theairplane as a means of transport it is not paying, on average, much more than a year ago: +0.8%. But beware, there is a huge difference between domestic flights, which are 26% more expensive, and those to and from abroad, which cost 7% less (almost a fifth less for intercontinental flights)
Who has chosen the journey by sea, pays 3% less, who the train or the bus, 3% more, variations all in all contained.
Once we reach our destination, we have to deal with the price increase housing: +19% for hotels, while we find smaller increases if we opt for holiday villages and campsites (+6%). For eat then, we will have to pay out on average between 5 and 6% more than a summer ago, between lunches at the restaurant, fresh drink at the bar and evening at the pizzeria.
A day in a park entertainment for children or in a water park it costs us an average of 10% more; better a zoo or a walk in a natural park, no price increases there. To rent an umbrella, then, it’s a bit of a lottery: it depends a lot on the area and the manager of the establishment.
Finally, if we do not want to think about individual items but rely on a “holiday package” (which usually includes travel, accommodation and leisure activities), we are paying +17% more than a year ago.