>> In 2012 Italian households on average dedicated 7.1 percent of total final consumption expenditure to recreation and culture, a slight decrease over the previous year.

>> In 2014, 41.4 percent of the population said they had read at least one book during their leisure time, with a prevalence of female readers on males (48.0 percent as against 34.5 percent). People read more in the North (49.0 percent in the North-east and 48.1 percent in the North-west) than in the South and Islands (29.9 percent).

>> Less than one in two Italian residents (47.1 percent) said that they read a newspaper at least once a week and 36.5 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 31.0 percent in 2014. The largest share of web users who read online was found among the 18-44 age group.

>> In 2014 only 8.7 percent of the population aged 6 and over use the Internet to read/download online books or e-books; the biggest consumers of e-books are the 18-24 year olds (over 18 percent).

>> In 2014, cinema ranked first among the various kinds of cultural activity pursued outside the home (47.8 percent of the population aged 6 and over). Among other cultural activities, visits to museums and exhibitions and sport event involved at least one fourth of the population.

>> In 2014, individuals aged 3 and over practising sport in their leisure time were 31.6 percent: 23.0 percent of these on a regular basis and 8.6 percent on an occasional basis. Despite not practicing sports, 28.2 percent of the population was physically active, while 39.9 percent was sedentary. Trentino-Alto Adige was the region with the highest share of sports practitioners (52.3 percent), while Campania recorded the lowest percentage (17.9 percent).