4 July 2017

Italy by the sea, Blue Flag 2017

bandiere blu

“Because there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline,

no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
(Sarah Kay)

 

A salty embrace of charm, life, and melancholy. The sea possesses a nostalgic grace that has always attracted artists and poets, a vital energy that has always enthralled body and mind.

An attraction for which Italy is a privileged keeper, with its many beaches and gulfs.

 

Decreeing the value of the Italian sea is the Blue Flag program, the international approval that, since 1987, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) awards to coastlines dedicated to boating and beaches (seas and lakes) it acknowledges as excellent.

 

This year, Italy has earned 342 Blue Flags, 49 more compared to 2016.

Excellence reaches new heights on the beaches of Liguria, with 27 sites having been awarded the Blue Flag. Next is Tuscany (with 19 Blue Flags) and Marches (with 17 Blue Flags).

In southern Italy, fourth and fifth places in the classification are held by the beaches of Campania (15 Blue Flags) and Apulia (11 Blue Flags).

 

Italian beaches boasting awards represent approximately 5% of the sites recognized worldwide.

 

The main objective of the Blue Flag program is to orient coastal communities towards a process of environmental sustainability.

Indeed, the Blue Flags are assigned every year according to the particular criteria of sustainable management of the territory (from bathing water quality to differentiated waste collection, from the amount of pedestrian areas and bike routes to services offered by bathing establishments). Requirements are revised every year with a view to constant improvement

 

“You cannot be unhappy when you have this:

the smell of the sea, the sand beneath your fingers, the air, the wind.”

(Irène Némirovsky)