The holidays are just around the corner and you already know where to go? 210 beaches have won the Blue Flag this year: nine more than in 2021 and 14 new additions.
This is the ‘booty’ that will be brought home from Italy’s beaches by 2022, in relation to the award for the most unspoiled and sustainable coastal towns and tourist harbors, presented by the Danish Foundation for Environmental Education Fee.
If the 14 new entries include municipalities such as Alba Adriatica in Abruzzo, Caulonia and Isola di Capo Rizzuto in Calabria, Riccione in Emilia Romagna and Rodi Garganico in Puglia, the flags for San Mauro Cilento and Sapri in Campania Ventotene Island have not been confirmed in Lazio, the Tremiti Islands and Otranto in Puglia.
The flags of the lakes rise to 17, with a new entrance, that of Cannobio, on Lake Maggiore in Piedmont.
Liguria as a region takes first place with 32 localities. Campania, Tuscany and Apulia follow with 18 flags. There are 17 awards for Calabria and Marche. Sardinia reaches 15 locations, Abruzzo increases to 14, Sicily to 11. Lazio decreases to 10, while the 10 flags of Trentino-Alto Adige remain unchanged.
In Emilia Romagna, 9 locations are awarded and the 9 flags of Veneto are reconfirmed. Basilicata confirms its 5 flags, Piedmont increases to 3, Friuli Venezia Giulia confirms 2 from last year. Molise remains with 1 flag, like Lombardy.
There are several criteria for awarding the Blue Flag: from the absolute validity of bathing waters, to the efficiency of cleaning and waste management, to pedestrian zones, cycle paths, street furniture, green spaces and beach services (including the removal of architectural barriers). and sustainable fisheries.