Italy gains 17 new Bandiera Blu beaches.A total of 458 beaches in 226 resorts across Italy have been awarded the 2023 Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) status for excellent water quality and high environmental standards.
The prestigious recognition, up from 427 last year and more than double the number from around a decade ago, comes from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) which assigns the flags to beaches with "excellent" water quality.
The Italian region with the highest number of Bandiera Blu beaches is Liguria, once again in the top spot with 34 beaches including two new entries: Laigueglia and Sori.
Puglia is now in second place with 22 Bandiera Blu resorts, with four new locations: Gallipoli, Isole Tremiti, Leporano and Vieste.
The number of Bandiera Blu beaches in Le Marche rises to 18 with the addition of Porto San Giorigo, while Sardinia reconfirms its 15 resorts from last year, as does Abruzzo (14), Sicily (11), Lazio (10), Trentino-Alto Adige (10) and Veneto (9).
Nine beach resorts in Emilia-Romagna were awarded Bandiera Blu status, with one new entry (Gatteo) and one departure (Cattolica) compared to last year.
Friuli Venezia Giulia confirms its two blue flags from last year, with Lombardy's Bandiera Blu recognition for lake resorts rises to three with two new entries (Sirmione and Toscano Maderno), and Molise wins two blue flags thanks to the new addition of Termoli.
For full details of where to find Italy's Blue Flag beaches in 2023, region by region, see FEE website.
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