In Italy, Quality Seawater: Blue Flags 2016

The beauty of the sea surrounding “the boot” – as it is often called Italy for its bizarre shape of a boot – is known around the world. It’s been the scene of countless films, it has inspired poets and writers and it’s been the setting to who knows how many fleeting love affairs, kept between the sunny memories and sand that only summer can leave.

Background – Story

The international program “Blue Flag” is led by the non-governmental & non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and has been operating in Europe since 1987.

 

The logo of the Blue Flag
The logo of the Blue Flag

 

Whether you love diving in the deep blue water breaking on the cliffs and rocks, or prefer to sip cocktails lying on the white sandy shore, in Italy you can find the solution that best suits your tastes. Your search might begin with the 293 beaches (280 in 2015) and 152 villages that were awarded the Blue Flag in 2016

Classic destinations, always synonymous with crystal clear water, but also many new entries and eco-friendly excellences, are rated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (Fee), according to parameters such as: the environment of the coast, the water quality, security and access to the beaches. Italy wins this year’s 5th place worldwide for the number of award-winning sites.

The Italian region with the most flags this year is Liguria; followed by Tuscany, land of nature, history and enogastronomy that reaches 19 beaches (one less than in 2015). Visiting Tuscany is a journey into a rainbow of landscapes, from the hills of “Chiantishire”, to the Argentario and the waters of Giglio and Elba up to the art cities. A feast for all the senses. Multi-Day & Extended Tours in Tuscany

Also well positioned, we find Veneto and Lazio, both with eight award-winning beaches. In the romantic Venetian region, we find Venice Lido, the animated Jesolo and the small village of Caorle, with its colorful houses, much loved by the family tourism. In Lazio, among others, we find Ventotene, Anzio, Sabaudia and Gaeta. Day Trips in Veneto

 

Regular appearances, of course, the large islands: Sicily (6 flags) and Sardinia (11 flags), our Caribbean!

But the novelty this year is the entry in the ranking of a region that does not have the sea: the Trentino Alto Adige. Thanks to its beautiful lakes, such as Caldonazzo, and top locations like Levico Terme, the region confirms once again the validity of the mountain as a tourist destination in summer. Visit the Dolomites.

The Garda Lake photographed from Malcesine
The Garda Lake photographed from Malcesine

 

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