Culture and tourism

The theme comprises infrastructural interventions for the protection and conservation of cultural heritage. It also comprises      interventions for the improvement of tourism services and for the promotion and enhancement of natural resources.


The evolution of the territorial context on this theme is represented by some statistical indicators available on Database of territorial indicators for development policies (ISTAT)

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Visitors in museums

The index of cultural demand in public and private museums and institutions rose in Italy from 22,600 visitors per museum in 2011 to 26,600 in 2019. The values for 2020 and 2021 are affected by the period of closure and the visitors’ limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the South, the number of museum visitors increased from 15.300 in 2011 to 20.300 in 2019.

Index of cultural demand in public and private museums and similar institutes

Tourism rate

The tourism rate, which measures the days of presence of Italian and foreign visitors in all accommodation facilities per inhabitant, decreased in the period 2020-2022 due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Considering the previousdata, the values averaged from 6.0 nights per inhabitant in 2000 to 7 in 2022.  
In the South, the observed increase goes from 3.3 tourism nights per resident in 2000 to 4 in 2022.  

Days of tourists’ presence (italians and foreigners) per inhabitant on the overall hospitality facilities

Since 2007 up to today, the value of projects monitored and supported by the cohesion policies for Culture and Tourism has exceeded 12 billion euros, out of which over 5 billion concern projects financed in the 2014-2020 programming period.

21,519 Funded projects
€ 13.2 billion Public fundings
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Find out which programmes cohesion policy is financing in order to contribute to this theme.

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