Rising numbers of German and Austrian tourists, as well as visitors from outside Europe, are offsetting a decline in people coming to Italy from other European nations, the tourist agency said Monday.
Italy's ENIT agency said in a statement that an influx of German speakers had compensated for a dip in tourism from Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Russia and China represent two major chunks of tourism business from outside the European Union, with the countries accounting for 31 percent and 16 percent respectively of Italian duty free expenditures.
According to a survey of tour operators, holiday packages sold in China rose by between 30 and 80 percent. Italian consulates in China issued 40 percent more visas for the first quarter of 2012.
Brazil sent about 10 to 20 percent more tourists.
The most popular destinations are Tuscany, Venice and the area around Rome.