Bathing establishments between Celle Ligure and Varazze on the Riviera in Liguria are also raising their prices. (Symbolic image) © IMAGO/Matteo Rossetti
Prices are apparently also rising in Italy. According to a consumer forecast, holidaymakers on the beaches are threatened with a price shock.
Rome - Finally, the good weather has reached Germany. Nevertheless, right now, at Pentecost, a holiday abroad is on the agenda for many Germans. For most others, the holiday is at least getting closer. If you continue to focus on Italy, a country of longing for 2023, you could be in for a nasty surprise.
In any case, Italy is currently hit hard by the devastating storms. The Adriatic region around Rimini has been badly hit - many villages have been flooded. Nevertheless, they have now given the green light for most of the beaches and hope for a good tourism season.
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But holidaymakers are apparently also threatened with a price shock at the gelaterias, as well as the beaches in Italy. The National Consumer Society "Osservatorio nazionale di Federconsumatori" is already reporting a general price increase of almost eleven percent at Pentecost. But it shouldn't stop there.
Prices could generally rise by up to 20 percent compared to the previous year - according to the experts' forecast, according to a report by Repubblica. The Codacons, another consumer society, estimates somewhat more conservatively, with increases of between ten and 15 percent.
According to the analysis of the "Osservatorio nazionale di Federconsumatori" for the Pentecost weekend, the prices for beach loungers in particular have risen. The association reports 42 percent more. Instead of six euros, you now pay just under 8.50 euros, the Repubblica calculates. The price of the parasol will increase by an additional 16 percent.
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And the additional offers on the beach, which are popular with holidaymakers, are also raising their prices, whether yoga classes, massages or SUP rentals. For example, you currently have to pay three euros more for a Pilates workshop at sunset.
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Even reading on the beach is becoming more expensive: according to Codacons, magazines cost almost nine percent more. Sunscreen? It costs about eight percent more.
Mind you: these are the price increases for the Pentecost weekend. The association expects further significant increases for the high season. As a background for the price adjustments, experts at Repubblica cite above all the increased energy costs.
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