All About Italy (USA) - - Tourism - Ilona Catani Scar­lett

The in­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion (FEE) for 2018 has awarded 10% more Blue Flags to Italy’s re­sorts. The re­sorts that can boast the pres­ti­gious eco-la­bel for clean­li­ness, sus­tain­abil­ity, and ser­vices grew form 342 in 2017 to this year’s 368, about 10% of those awarded world­wide. These have not only been awarded to sea­side beaches, but also to 70 tourist ports and to 16 lake re­sorts, 10 of which are in Trentino-alto Adige.

Con­sid­er­ing the dif­fer­ent re­gions, Lig­uria leads the na­tional rank­ing, con­firm­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for 27 lo­cal­i­ties, fol­lowed by Tus­cany with 19 lo­ca­tions, while Cam­pa­nia, with 3 new entries (Piano di Sor­rento, Sor­rento, and Is­pani), reaches 18 Blue Flags. Fourth place for the Marche with cer­ti­fied 16 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Puglia con­quers 3 new flags (Peschici, Rodi Gar­gan­ico, and Zap­poneta) for a to­tal of 14. Sar­dinia is present with 13 lo­ca­tions with 2 new flags en­trances (Bari Sardo, Trinità d’ag­ultu, and Vig­nola).

Abruzzo goes up to 9 with the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of a lake­side lo­ca­tion (Scanno), the same num­ber of flags ob­tained by Cal­abria with 2 new ones (Tor­tora and Sel­lia Ma­rina). Veneto and Lazio con­firm their 8 flags, even if in Lazio one cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has not been con­firmed (Anzio) and a new one has been awarded (Tre­vi­g­nano Ro­mano). Emilia Ro­magna adds one flag (Cat­tolica) go­ing up to 7, while Si­cily loses one (Poz­za­llo) go­ing down to 6. Basil­i­cata ob­tains 4 cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, with 2 new flags (Nova Siri and Ber­nalda), and Fri­uli Venezia Gi­u­lia con­firms the 2 Flags of the pre­vi­ous year. Molise closes the rank­ing with 1 Flag.

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