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Portovenere Harbor, Liguria - by Derek Halkett Photography

Blue Flag for the Bay of La Spezia & Portovenere

As we head into summer season, it’s good to know what beaches and seas in Italy are ranked the highest in terms of cleanliness and environmental sustainability. The Blue Flag certification is awarded every year by the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which evaluates beaches on a series of strict criteria.


Italy’s cleanest beaches & waters

In 2016, Liguria has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in Italy with a total of 56 beaches and 13 municipalities awarded for the quality of their marine environment!

In particular, along the Gulf of the Poets in eastern Liguria, the award winners are the beaches of Lerici (Venere Azzurra, Lido, San Giorgio, Eco del Mare, Fiascherino, Baia Blu, Colombo), Framura (Fornaci), Levanto (Levanto Ghiararo, Spiaggia Est La Pietra and Ameglia (Fiumaretta).

Plus, always in the province of La Spezia, the marinas of Portovenere (pictured above), Mirabello and Lotti also received the Blue Flag for their environmental sustainability.

Blue Flag Winners in the Gulf of La Spezia, Liguria
2016 winning beaches & ports in the Gulf of Poets. Source:


About the Blue Flag

This award is only given to the beaches that offer clean and safe bathing areas, if the beach is in compliance with 32 criteria covering the aspects of:

  • Environmental Education and Information
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Sustainable development
  • Safety

Blue Flags are awarded once per season. For more information go to


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Photo credit: Harbor of Portovenere by Derek Halkett Photography


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2 thoughts to “Blue Flag for the Bay of La Spezia & Portovenere”

  1. Grand Hotel is really the must in Portovenere because its location and port view, its quality for welcoming you and rooms bathroom, breakfast.
    We stayed 4 nights this week and we regret we could not stay longer.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 We are glad that Grand Hotel met your expectations and we hope to welcome you back soon to Portovenere!
      -Best greetings from the entire team at Grand Hotel Portovenere

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