Italy’s Best Beaches: 2009’s Blue Flag Beaches in Italy

blueflagSummer’s coming to Italy, and with it a new report about which beaches are environmentally sound. Each year, the Foundation for Environmental Education comes out with a list of beaches and marinas in 38 countries around the world that meet their criteria of things like sustainable development, water quality, cleanliness, and safety. The FEE calls these “Blue Flag” beaches. Generally speaking, you know you’re doing well when the number of Blue Flag beaches in your country goes up each year – and with the list of 2009 Blue Flag beaches that just came out, I can proudly report that the number of Blue Flag beaches in Italy is up in 2009 from last year.

Yay for Italy! Yay for Italian beaches! Yay for you!

There are now 227 Blue Flag beaches in Italy in 2009, which is 12 more than 2008. 113 of these are considered “top-notch swimming beaches,” which is 9 more than last year. Overall, Italy ranks 5th in Europe when it comes to Blue Flag beaches – Spain and Greece top the list, each with more than 400. Tuscany and Le Marche have the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy with 16 each. Liguria has 14, Abruzzo has 13, and Campania has 12.




Blue Flags aren’t just awarded to ocean coastlines – in fact, two lakes in Italy earned a Blue Flag. One of those lakes is the Lago di Scanno in the L’Aquila province of the Abruzzo region, the same area hard-hit by the earthquake in April.

The list of 2009 Blue Flag beaches in Italy isn’t on the Blue Flag website yet, but if you’re planning a trip to the beaches of Italy this summer then you can consult the 2008 list for starters, and I’ll post the 2009 list when I find one.


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  • Donna Pallanti

    For me, the best of those Italian beaches, including the most beautiful, may be found in undiscovered Maremma in Tuscany and Lazio. Maremma has over 250 kilometres of spectacular coastline with the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas. From intimate fine white sand coves to wide stretches of golden sand that are kilometres long and perfect for horse-riding. To black sands with multi-coloured umbrellas, and rocky coves that are protected from the afternoon scirroco winds and offer a tranquility and haven for relaxation, Maremma has them all.

    How about a beach with an ancient Etruscan Civilization? Baratti Beach
    This gorgeous golden sand beach is situated within the small Golfo di Baratti, along the spectacular Etruscan Coast, “Costa degli Estruchi”, in Maremma Livornese. It is great for families as there is a picnic area and shadey “pineta”, pine tree area, in which to cool down out of the heat of the summer sun.

    And for those who love a bit of history whilst on holiday, it is home to current archeological excavations of an ancient Etruscan civilisation. Populonia, on the hill top over looking the Gulf is where the Etruscans built their only city by the sea. Visit and you will instantly know why.

    Or a beach with a Medieval Tower: Torre Mozza
    Also in the Golf of Follonica, Torre Mozza beach takes its name from the medieval tower that sits on the waters edge. It is a public beach, “spiaggia libera”, with golden sands and a great view of the whole of the Gulf sweeping from the ancient port of Piombino, past Torre di Sale, Torre Mozza, the seaside resort town of Follonica, the white tower of Torre Civette, and lastly to the promontory and southern-most point of the Gulf at the millionaire sailing port of Punta Ala. Sit on its sands and watch the pink and orange sunset over the Island of Elba. Paradise.

    Maremma has over ninety beautiful beaches. If you are thinking of visiting Tuscany, look towards the coast on your Italy map and find Maremma. It offers spectacular scenery, tranquil medieval hill towns, wonderful Super Tuscan wines, and the main tourist attractions of Pisa, Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano, Volterra, and Roma are all within easy reach. Visit and let the beauty of this land capture your heart…


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