Holidays, millions of Italians traveling on the first day with a red sticker: many construction sites on A2 removed

Rome – Sunday with red dot, on Italian roads and highways. The African heat will accompany the summer departures of many travelers. Today, July 31, is therefore the first day of the red dot to inaugurate the key month of the summer exodus. Up 4% from last year, people who decided to go on vacation this year in August. Destinations, beaches and mountains that will fill the highways. Despite the high temperatures and the expensive prices, they did not stop the desire to restart and vacation.

In Calabria, in anticipation of the increase in traffic due to summer holidays, and therefore to facilitate circulation on the road and motorway network of competence, until 4 September Anas removes over 500 construction sites, more than half of the construction sites currently active (over a thousand ).

Autostrade per l’Italia has announced the traffic forecasts for the 2022 summer exodus. It starts on the last day of July with the first Sunday, before a long series, with a red dot: traffic expected from the afternoon. In fact, they are marked in red on 7 August and the weekend of Ferragosto starting from the 12th. The risk of being bottled is high these days. And, again, from 20 to 22 August. Red stamp then for the return days of Sunday 28 August and Sunday 4 September. When the holidays are over for many. Busy days are also scheduled for August 2nd, 4th and 11th.

27 million in travel but the duration and expense are reduced

The new peak of infections, inflation, expensive energy and the perception of political instability in the country are felt on the Italians’ summer departures. According to a Confcommercio survey with Swg, many will go on vacation – 27 million, as in 2019 – but the pandemic resurgence causes departures in July to drop to 12.3 million compared to the expected 16.8 million. Price increases and political crisis affect August and September: trips of 7 days or more are reduced by 3 million and those of average duration (3-6 days) and especially mini breaks increase. The budget is also down, especially on medium-term holidays. As regards the budget, the budget for medium-term holidays drops from € 541 expected in June to around € 475, and from € 1,252 to € 1,117 for longer trips. Overall – continues the analysis by Confcommercio and Swg – the number of departures in the quarter considered falls from the 52.3 million expected a month ago to 48.6 million reasonably estimated to date. In summary, fewer holidays, for shorter periods and spending less. Logically, the percentage of those who have already booked rises from 31% a month ago to 41% today, while the share of those who have no reservations to make remains stable at 15% as they travel using autonomous solutions. : own vehicles, overnight stays in owned homes or with friends or relatives. However, more than a third of the interviewees are still in the consultation phase of the available offers.

88% remain in Italy, Puglia, Romagna and Tuscany preferred

Of the 27 million compatriots who according to the Confcommercio survey with Swg will travel one or more times between July and September staying overnight at their destination, 88% have chosen Italy while 12% will go abroad – mostly in Europe – especially for holidays of 7 days or more in August and September, where there is a peak of 28%. The sea is always in the lead, with 44% of preferences which becomes 51% if we consider only the main holidays of 7 or more days. The mountains follow at 15% – a value in line with the history of this type – while holidays in cities, especially those of art, and in small villages, add up to 21%. In Italy, where Puglia remains the most sought-after destination, Emilia Romagna wins the sprint for second place, followed by Tuscany and Sicily, while Sardinia, probably a victim more than other regions of the cost of connections, falls to seventh position, from the fourth it occupied a month ago. Instead, Liguria appears among the top 5. On the other hand, the hit of foreign destinations remained almost unchanged in a month, with Greece at the top, however, closely followed by Spain and, later, France and Croatia.