Rome, July 16 – Only one in three Italians intends to take a summer vacation this year as the recession continues to cut deeply into household incomes, says a new survey released Tuesday. The estimates by Federconsumatori, the national consumer association, is bad news for Italy's national tourism industry. Prices for travel, food and accommodation remain too expensive, says the association. A family of three driving from Milan to the Adriatic coastal town of Rimini for a week's holiday is looking at a price of about 1,450 euros; that rises to about 1,558 euros if travelling in second-class on a high-speed train, the group says. Across Europe, the capital that is least expensive this year is Spain's Madrid while the most expensive in Moscow. Cruises are also becoming more expensive from Italy, rising about 11.1% compared with one year ago, says the consumer group. All this means that visitors from foreign countries may also be discouraged from travelling to Italy, the group concludes.
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