Here is the last research of INRT, national tourism research institute
The habit to spend holiday is changing in Italy. This is the result of a research done by Italian national research institute.
In 2010 Italians have spent their holiday during the whole year rather than on July, August or September, while the tourism in the artistic and historical town is 5% more than 2009. The so-called gastronomic tourists is the most important new of 2010, last year, in fact, the percentage of people travelling for gastronomy is doubled than last 2009, passing from 1,8% to 3,8% of travellers.