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).
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
Blue Flags are awarded once per season. For more information go to www.blueflag.global
Photo credit: Harbor of Portovenere by Derek Halkett Photography