According to a study issued by the Istituto Italiano di Medicina Sociale, 45 per cent of young people in Italy between the ages of 30 and 34 still live with their parents.

One child in four is born to a mother over 34, only 50 per cent of mothers whose daughters have one child encourage them to have a second, and only 20 per cent encourage them to have a third.

According to Dorina Bianchi, vice president of parliament