This year Liguria is again on the top of the list with 20 Blue Flag beaches, the eco-label awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). This year there are 248 quality seaside locations in Italy, with two new compared to 2012.
Liguria is followed by Marche and Tuscany with 18 and 17 Blue Flag beaches respectively. For the first time ever the region of Trentino-Alto Adige has an entry – Levico Terme with its stunning lake Levico (on the photo below).
The Blue Flag is an eco-label given to approximately 3650 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. It is awarded by a non-government, non-profit organisation the FEE to the beaches and marinas that work towards sustainability and low impact on the environment. If you see a Bandiera Blu flying over an Italian beach it means that the quality of water is good, the shore is tidy and environmental management measures are in place.
One of the things that many travellers do not know is that algae vegetation or natural debris left on the beach are a sign of quality. They are part of the beach eco-system and we, humans, should respect it.
For a responsible sun holiday find the full list of Blue Flag beaches in Italy here.