Italians own more vehicles than in most other countries
62 cars per 100 inhabitants in Italy, second highest in Europe11 February, 14:54
That was also the second-highest among the 27 member states of the European Union, added the agency in a sweeping report on life in Italy.
The figures suggests a relatively high standard of living in Italy to allow such strong levels of car ownership, added Istat.
But the downside is traffic congestion due to relatively high density of vehicles, it added.
Vehicle ownership levels in Italy have increased from about 501 cars per thousand inhabitants in 1991 to about 621 in 2012, said Istat.