Last updated: October 11, 2022, by Grant Thomas 

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Note: The latest statistics and travel data available about Italy are for 2021. We will update this page as soon as 2022 statistics and data on Italian tourism and Schengen Visa for Italy are available.          

Highlights: Latest Italy Travel Statistics & Data 

Tourism in Italy in 2021: First Signs of Recovery after the Covid-19 Pandemic

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak caused unprecedented disruption to the tourism sector in Italy. 

Lockdowns, curfews, and other restrictions on travel and daily life have caused tourist arrivals to drop to near-zero levels at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

In 2021, vaccination and an easing of travel restrictions led to an increment in tourist arrivals of 32.6% (6.9% more than the EU average).

However, while there was some improvement in 2021, figures remained far from pre-pandemic levels. 

In addition, staff shortages have put the tourism sector in Italy under great pressure. Thousands of vacancies remained unfilled in 2021 after the pandemic-related restrictions led to the loss of more than 200,000 jobs (source: World Travel and Tourism Council – WTTC). 

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said that if vacant jobs remain unfilled, it will further jeopardise the chances of the tourism sector to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The recovery of the travel and tourism industry in Italy could have been more significant if it weren’t for the impact of the Omicron variant which reinstated new travel restrictions.

Schengen Visa Applications and Tourism in Italy: Latest Trends

Italy’s Schengen Visa approval rate from 2015 to 2021

Countries that submitted the highest number of Schengen Visa applications for Italy from 2015 to 2021

International tourist arrivals in Italy from 2015 to 2021

International tourist overnight stays in Italy by travel reason from 2015 to 2021 

Spending of international tourists in Italy from 2015 to 2021

Top 5 countries that submitted the highest number of Schengen Visa applications for Italy in 2021

Approval rates for the countries that submitted the highest number of Schengen Visa applications for Italy in 2021

Top 5 third countries that had the highest rejection rates for the Schengen Visa for Italy in 2021


European Travel Commission – EUROPEAN TOURISM: TRENDS & PROSPECTS Quarterly report (Q2/2021) 

STATISTA – Tourism in Italian Cities – Statistics & Facts

ISTAT  – Italian National Institute of Statistics

European Commission – Statistics on short-stay visas issued by the Schengen States 

Wikipedia – Tourism in Italy

McKinsey – Perspectives on travel recovery: Italy 

Group Intesa Sanpaolo – 2022: International and Italian tourism scenario 

Banca d’Italia – Survey on International Tourism

OECD – Inbound Tourism