La Blue Flag, prestigious recognition from the FEE (Foundation for environmental education), this year at its thirtieth edition, for 2016 has rewarded well 293 beaches for the excellent bathing water, the efficient purification system, and the presence of numerous services: from cycle paths to spaces green, until separate collection.
Although it has always been a reason for discussions for many (especially for the mayors), they represent an incredible driving force for tourism. It has been established that the municipalities that have obtained this recognition, receive more consideration (and, therefore, more reservations in accommodation facilities) by tourists.
Also this year, undisputed queen is the Liguria awarded 25 Blue Flags, including the new entry Ceriale and Levanto. Savona, however, is the Italian province to have obtained the highest number of awards: well 13 municipalities, in fact, have obtained the coveted Blue Flag 2016!
Afterwards, in this special ranking of the Regions, there are the Tuscany with 19 Flags assigned, and le Marche with 17. In double digit the Campania (with the Cilento coast to play the lion's share) and the Apulia, respectively with 14 and 11 Blue Flags, that is the same number as last year while recording, both, an entry and an exit in the standings. Also there Sardinia reaches 11 quota Blue 2016 Flags, thanks to three new entries: Badesi, Sassari and Teulada.
The ranking continues with theEmilia Romagna going down to 7 Blue 2016 Flags, losing two, Abruzzo e Sicily 6, Calabria 4, including the new entry Praia a Mare, Molise 3, Basilicata 2 (Maratea and Policoro).
Not only the sea: even the lake resorts have received the prestigious recognition, thanks to the commitment of the territory in the promotion of sustainable tourism, the quality of the water and services available to tourists. On the official website, through this link, it is possible to view the complete list of all the beaches and the tourist landing places awarded the recognition; for the more curious, you can view the complete lists of the last 4 years.