14 new entries among the Italian municipalities awarded with the Blue Flag

Isola di Capo Rizzuto in Calabria Credit: E-Borghi

 ROME – As many as 210 Italian municipalities have obtained the Blue Flag this year for clean sea water, nine more than in 2021, as told by the Ansa news agency.

 The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an international NGO based in Denmark, that a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its environmental and quality standards. The aim of the program is to promote environmental protection seaside resorts, bathing areas and yacht harbors.

 The 14 new places awarded with the Blue Flag are Alba Adriatica in Abruzzo, Caulonia and Isola di Capo Rizzuto in Calabria, Ispani in Campania, Riccione and San Mauro Pascoli in Emilia Romagna, Porto Recanati in the Marche, Cannobio in Piedmont, Castro, Rodi Garganico and Ugento in Puglia, Budoni in Sardinia, Furci Siculo in Sicily, Pietrasanta in Tuscany. San Mauro Cilento and Sapri in Campania, Ventotene in Lazio, the Tremiti Islands and Otranto in Puglia have not been confirmed this year.

 The criteria for awarding the Blue Flag refer to validity of bathing water, efficiency of purification and waste management, pedestrian areas, cycle paths, street furniture, green areas, beach services, removal of architectural barriers, courses of environmental education, hotel facilities, public health services, tourist information, environmental certification of institutional activities and tourist facilities, sustainable fishing.