Blue Flag 2020: all the best beaches in Italy (region by region)


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Blue Flag 2020
Blue Flag 2020: beaches and landings – Photo © thedirector /CC BY-SA 3.0

Blue Flag 2020: these are the top 407 beaches and 75 landings in Italy. During the lockdown, nature took back many spaces where before man had almost driven it to disappear. Dolphins and blue sharks have been spotted in many ports across Italy, swimming carefree among the trappe near the dock.

Italy must now restart by putting its best foot forward, especially in tourism. One place to start will certainly be the quality of one’s sea and coastline. The best places? Here they are!

Blue Flag 2020:how many blue flags exist?

There are two types of Blue Flags:

  • That of beaches certifies the quality of bathing waters and lidos.
  • Blue flag of marinas ensures clean waters adjacent to ports.

In Italy, water quality is certified by each region’s ARPA, which is the regional environmental protection agency. All with the support of the Ministry of Health.

What are the parameters for allocation

Awarding the blue flag, which is valid for only one year (and can be revoked at any time), is done if the applying location meets 30 imperative parameters, plus 3 “guiding” ones. There is a questionnaire for the individual candidate to answer, but then it is up to a Technical Judging Committee that analyzes a whole range of elements, data and material to decide whether or not to award.

In addition to “excellent” waters, the implementation of good environmental practices, through multiple education, training and information activities for sustainability, is crucial to obtaining the Blue Flag.

In Italy there are virtuous cases such as
Marina Cala de’ Medici
or the
Marina of Varazze
which have been awarded the coveted flag for 10 and 12 consecutive years, respectively. How do they do it? In addition to water quality, with the all kinds of initiatives such as environmental actions, information campaigns, projects, and in-depth studies on marine wildlife.

Blue Flag 2020: 407 beaches and the top 75 landings

What are the Italian locations where you can swim in fantastic (and pristine) waters, while also enjoying services to get there and have a great vacation?

This is the meaning of the Blue Flag, an award given by FEE Italy (relative to our peninsula) that takes into consideration the cleanliness of beaches, water quality and services offered (here are all the parameters)

MAP – All the “Blue Flag” beaches in Italy

MAP – All the “Blue Flag” municipalities in Italy

MAP – All the 2020 “Blue Flag” landings.



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