Photo by Luca Boldrini. Each year the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) draws up a list of Blue Flag beaches , which are awarded the coveted award that determines the quality of a beach in terms of cleanliness of the water and efficiency of services.

In 2021, there were 416 Blue Flag beaches in Italy . The podium of the Italian regions with the most awarded beaches goes to Liguria (30), Campania (19) and then Tuscany and Puglia on an equal footing (17).
Here is the list of blue flag beaches 2021 region by region .

The criteria for awarding the Blue Flag
This is one of the most important recognition for beaches and bathing places. But how are they evaluated
It is not at all easy to get the blue flag. To do this, you must have the requirements set out in the program.
In general, we can say that there are two types of requirements: the imperative ones and the guiding ones.
Those imperatives must all be respected. For those driving, the more there are, the more likely they are to get recognition.
The requirements concern the following 4 thematic areas:

  1. Environmental education and information : for example, information on water quality, local ecosystems, a code of conduct, …
  2. Water quality : for example, the beach must fully comply with the sampling and analysis requirements of bathing water, must comply with the directives on waste water treatment, …
  3. Environmental management : for example, the beach must be clean, there must be bins for recycling, toilets and changing rooms, …
  4. Services and safety : for example, there must be an adequate number of lifeguards, first aid equipment, …

For further information, on the official website of the program you can find the list of imperative criteria and guiding criteria.

Abruzzo (13 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Chieti

  • Francavilla al Mare – Piazza Adriatico
  • Fossacesia – Fossacesia Marina
  • San Salvo – San Salvo Marina
  • Vasto – Punta Penna, Vignola, Vasto Marina

Province of L’Aquila

  • Scanno – Acquevive – Ciccotti management, Parco dei Salici
  • Villalago – Villalago

Province of Pescara

  • Pescara – North Riviera, South Riviera

Province of Teramo

  • Silvi – South Beach, Central Promenade
  • Roseto degli Abruzzi – South Promenade, North Promenade, Central Promenade
  • Martinsicuro – Villa Rosa, Martinsicuro
  • Giulianova – Lungomare Zara
  • Pineto – Villa Fumosa, Corfu, Torre Cerrano, S. Maria in the South Valley, S. Maria in the North Valley, Lungomare dei Pini / Pineta Catucci / Pineto Centro
  • Tortoreto – Beach of the Sun

Basilicata (5 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Matera

  • Bernalda – Lido di Metaponto
  • Nova Siri – Lido
  • Pisticci – Lido San Basilio, Lido 48
  • Policoro – North and South Lido

Province of Potenza

  • Maratea – Santa Teresa / Calaficarra, Macarro / Illicini / Nera, Castrocucco / Secca di Castrocucco, Acquafredda

Calabria (15 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Catanzaro

  • Soverato – Hippocampus Bay
  • Sellia Marina – Localita Ruggero / San Vincenzo-Sena / Jonio-Rivachiara

Province of Cosenza

  • Trebisacce – South Lungomare (Riviera dei Saraceni – Viale Magna Grecia – Riviera delle Palme)
  • Praia a mare – Camping Internazionale / Punta Fiuzzi
  • Tortora – La Pineta / River Noce
  • Villapiana – Villapiana Scalo, Villapiana Lido
  • Diamante – North Diamante (Cirella), Cirella Cliff
  • Santa Maria del Cedro – Iron barge – Abatemarco
  • San Nicola Arcella – Arcomagno / Canale Grande Marinella
  • Roseto Capo Spulico – Promenade

Province of Crotone

  • Melissa – Torre Melissa coast
  • Ciro Marina – Punta Alice – Cervana / Madonna di mare

Province of Reggio Calabria

  • Siderno – Siderno beach
  • Roccella Jonica – Lido

Province of Vibo Valentia

  • Tropea – Marina del Convento, Marina dell’Isola, Rocca Nettuno

Campania (19 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Naples

  • Massa Lubrense – Recommone, Marina di Puolo, Baia delle Sirene
  • Sorrento – San Francesco / Marina Grande, Riviera di Massa
  • Piano di Sorrento – Marina di Cassano
  • Anacapri – Lighthouse / Punta Carena, Gradola / Blue Grotto
  • Vico Equense – Bikini, Scrajo Mare, Marina di Vico / Marina di Seiano West Port, Capa La Gala

Province of Salerno

  • San Mauro Cilento – Mezzatorre
  • Positano – Big Beach, Arienzo Beach, Fornillo Beach
  • Ascea – Piana di Velia, Telegraph Tower, Marina di Ascea
  • Camerota – Cala Finocchiara, San Domenico
  • Sapri – San Giorgio, Cammarelle
  • Pisciotta – Ficaiola / Torraca / Gabella, Pietriaio / Fosso della Marina / Marina Acquabianca
  • Vibonati – Santa Maria Le Piane, Torre Villammare, Oliveto
  • Agropoli – Lungomare San Marco, Porto Free Beach, Trentova, Torre San Marco, Licina
  • Capaccio – Licinella, Varolato / La Laura / Casina D’Amato, Mouth Acqua dei Ranci
  • Montecorice – Baia Arena, Capitello Beach, Agnone Beach, San Nicola
  • Centola – Palinuro (Port / Dunes and Saline), Marinella
  • Pollica – Acciaroli, Pioppi
  • Castellabate – Lake Tresino, Marina Piccola, Pozzillo / San Marco, Punta Inferno, Ogliastro Bay
  • Positano – Arienzo beach, Fornillo beach
  • Casal Velino – Dominella / Torre, Lungomare / Isola

Emilia-Romagna (7 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Ferrara

  • Comacchio – Lido Spina, Lido di Volano / Nations / Pomposa / Lido degli Scacchi / Garibaldi, Lido degli Estensi

Province of Forli-Cesena

  • Cesenatico – Zadina, Ponente, Levante (Valverde, Villamarina)

Province of Ravenna

  • Cervia – Milano Marittina / Pinarella
  • Ravenna – Casal Borsetti, Lido di Dante / Lido di Classe, Lido di Savio, Marina di Ravenna / Punta Marina Terme / Lido Adriano, Marina Romea / Porto Corsini

Province of Rimini

  • Misano Adriatico – Point Ten / Porto Verde, Rio Alberello
  • Bellaria Igea Marina – Igea Marina
  • Cattolica – Queen of the Adriatic

Friuli Venezia Giulia (2 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Gorizia

  • Grado – Main Beach, French Riviera, Pineta

Province of Udine

  • Lignano Sabbiadoro – Lido

Liguria (30 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Genoa

  • Camogli – Camogli Center / Levante beach, San Fruttuoso
  • Moneglia – Levante, Centrale, La Secca
  • Santa Margherita Ligure – Punta Pedale, Unknown Military Zone, Pagan Cliff, Paraggi
  • Blackboard – Promenade
  • Chiavari – Gli Scogli area

Province of Imperia

  • Imperia – Spianata Borgo Peri, Borgo Prino and Foce, Borgo Marina
  • Taggia – Weapon of Taggia
  • Santo Stefano al Mare – Baia Azzurra, Il Vascello
  • Riva Ligure – Ex Bungalow
  • Sanremo – Rio Foce, Tre Ponti, Imperatrice, Corso Marconi, Bussana
  • San Lorenzo al Mare – U Nostromu / Prima Punta, Baia delle Vele
  • Bordighera – West area of ​​Capo Sant’Ampelio, East area of ​​Capo Sant’Ampelio

Province of La Spezia

  • Levanto – The Stone, Casino, Ghiararo
  • Lerici – Lido, San Giorgio, Eco del Mare, Fiascherino, Baia Blu, Colombo
  • Ameglia – Fiumaretta
  • Bonassola – East side and West side
  • Framura – La Valla-Apicchi beach, Fornaci (Deiva Marina border beach)

Province of Savona

  • Ceriale – Coastline
  • Noli – Capo Noli / Vittoria area / Anita area / Chiariventi
  • Spotorno – Lido
  • Finale Ligure – Malpasso Beach / Saracens Bay, Finalmarina, Finalpia, Porto Beach, Varigotti, Castelletto San Donato
  • Bergeggi – The Lighthouse, Village of the Sun
  • Borghetto Santo Spirito – Coastline
  • Pietra Ligure – Ponente
  • Albissola Marina – Lido
  • Celle Ligure – Levante, Ponente
  • Varazze – Arrestra, Ponente Teiro, Levante Teiro, Piani D’Invrea
  • Savona – Fornaci
  • Albisola Superiore – Lido
  • Loano – Loano beach

Lombardy (1 Blue Flag location)

Province of Brescia

  • Gardone Riviera – Lido Beach, Casino Beach

Lazio (11 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Latina

  • Fondi – Levante Beach (Sant’Anastasia – Capratica), Ponente Beach (Torre Canneto – Rio Claro)
  • Sabaudia – Lungomare
  • Sperlonga – Long Lake, Bazzano, Ponente, Levante
  • Terracina – Levante, Ponente
  • Ventotene – Cala Nave
  • Gaeta – Arenauta, Ariana, Sant’Agostino, Serapo
  • Minturno – West beach
  • Latina – Latina Mare
  • San Felice Circeo – Coastline

province of Rome

  • Anzio – Tor Caldara, Riviera di Ponente, Riviera di Levante, Marechiaro, Lido Di Lavinio, Cologne
  • Trevignano Romano – Via della Rena

Marche (16 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Ancona

  • Ancona – Portonovo
  • Numana – Numana Bassa / Marcelli Nord, Numana Alta
  • Senigallia – Levante Beach, Ponente Beach
  • Sirolo – Black stones / San Michele / Urbani

Province of Ascoli Piceno

  • San Benedetto del Tronto – Riviera delle Palme
  • Grottammare – South Beach, North Beach
  • Cupra Marittima – Lido

Province of Fermo

  • Fermo – Marina Palmense, Lido di Fermo Casabianca
  • Pedaso – Lungomare dei Cantautori
  • Altidona – Lungomare Paolo Borsellino

Province of Macerata

  • Civitanova Marche – North Lungomare, South Lungomare
  • Potenza Picena – North Lido, South Lido

Province of Pesaro and Urbino

  • Fano – Torrette, North Saxony, North
  • Gabicce Mare – Lido
  • Pesaro – Sottomonte, Ponente / Levante
  • Mondolfo – Marotta

Molise (1 Blue Flag location)

Province of Campobasso

  • Campomarino – Lido

Piedmont (2 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Novara

  • Gozzano – Lido di Gozzano

Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

  • Cannero Riviera – Lido

Puglia (17 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Bari

  • Polignano a Mare – Cala Paura, San Vito, Cala San Giovanni, Ripagnola / Coco Village
  • Monopoli – Santo Stefano Castle, Capitolo, Lido Porto Rosso

Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani

  • Bisceglie – La Salata, Salsello
  • Margherita di Savoia – Urban Center / Cannafesca

Province of Brindisi

  • Carovigno – Mezzaluna, Pantanagianni, Punta Penna Grossa / Torre Guaceto
  • Fasano – Egnazia White Houses, Savelletri, Torre Canne
  • Ostuni – Lido Morelli, Pilone (Viar Beach-Lido Stella) / Rosamarina (Rodos-Capanno), Lido Fontanelle, Creta Rossa

Province of Foggia

  • Peschici – Sfinale, Gusmay, Calalunga Bay, Monaccora Bay, San Nicola Bay, Procinisco, Peschici Bay
  • Zapponeta – Lido
  • Tremiti Islands – Cala delle Arene

Province of Lecce

  • Otranto – Alimini / Baia dei Turchi / Santo Stefano, Castellana / Porto Craulo, Madonna dell’Altomare / Idro, Porto Badisco
  • Nardo – Porto Selvaggio, Sant’Isidoro, Santa Caterina, Santa Maria al Bagno, Torre Squillace
  • Hello – Torre Pali / Marina di Pescoluse / Posto Vecchio
  • Melendugno – Roca, San Foca / Center / Torre Specchia, Torre Sant’Andrea, Torre dell’Orso

Province of Taranto

  • Castellaneta – Riva dei Tessali / Pineta Giovinazzi / Castellaneta Marina / Bosco della Marina
  • Maruggio – Commenda, Campomarino, Fresh Water
  • Ginosa – Marina di Ginosa

Sardinia (14 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Cagliari

  • Quartu S. Elena – Poetto, Mare Pintau

Province of Carbonia-Iglesias

  • Sant’Antioco – Maladroxia

Province of Nuoro

  • Bari Sardo – Bucca ‘e Strumpu / Torre di Bari / Planargia

Province of Ogliastra

  • Tortoli – Porto Frailis, Ponente (known as “La Capannina”), Orri Foxilioni, Muxi (the Golfetto), Lido di Orri (I and II Beach), Lido di Cea, San Gimiliano

Province of Oristano

  • Oristano – Torregrande

Province of Sassari

  • Aglientu – Vignola Mare
  • Badesi – Bay of Mimose-Pirotto Li Frati, Li Mindi, Li Junchi, Lu Poltu Biancu
  • Castelsardo – Madonnina / Stella Maris, Sacred Heart / Ampurias
  • La Maddalena – Tegge, Monti D’a Rena, Bassa Trinita, Porto Lungo, Spalmatore, Caprera Wreck, Caprera Due Mari
  • Sassari – Porto Ferro, Porto Palmas, Platamona Rotonda
  • Santa Teresa Gallura – Rena Ponente (Loc. Capo Testa), Rena Bianca, Zia Culumba (Loc. Capo Testa, Rena di Levante), La Taltana – Santa Reparata
  • Sorso – Marina beach, Marina di Sorso (third / fourth / fifth comb)
  • Palau – Isolotto, Palau Vecchio
  • Trinita D’Agultu e Vignola – La Marinedda.Cala Sarraina, Spiaggia Lunga Isola Rossa

Sicily (10 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Agrigento

  • Menfi – Lido Fiori Bertolino, Porto Palo Cipollazzo

Province of Messina

  • Ali Terme – Lungomare di Ali Terme
  • Tusa – Lampare Beach, Marina Beach
  • Santa Teresa di Riva – Promenade of Santa Teresa di Riva
  • Lipari – Stromboli Ficogrande, Mulberry Volcano, Thermal Waters Volcano, Canneto, Acquacalda
  • Roccalumera – Roccalumera

Province of Ragusa

  • Ispica – Santa Maria del Focallo, Ciriga I section
  • Ragusa – Piazza Malta and Piazza Torre
  • Pozzallo – Black Stones, Raganzino
  • Modica – Maganuco, Marina di Modica

Tuscany (17 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Grosseto

  • Grosseto – Principina a Mare, Marina di Grosseto
  • Follonica – South Beach, North Beach
  • Castiglione della Pescaia – Rocchette / Roccamare-Casa Mora / Riva del Sole / Capezzolo / Ponente, Pian D’alma beach / Civinini-piastrone house / Punta Ala, Levante / Tombolo

Province of Livorno

  • Piombino – Sterpaia Natural Park
  • Castagneto Carducci – Marina di Castagneto Carducci
  • Rosignano Marittimo – Castiglioncello, Vada
  • Marciana Marina – La Fenicia, King of Walnut / La Marina
  • Bibbona – Marina di Bibbona North / Center / South
  • Cecina – Marina di Cecina, Le Gorette
  • San Vincenzo – Rimigliano north / south, Princess center south / ditch of the prisons / north, San vincenzo Porto Sud / Conchiglia Fosso delle Rozze
  • Livorno – Cala del Miramare, Rogiolo, Del Sale / Rome, Tre Ponti, Rex, Cala Quercianella

Province of Lucca

  • Camaiore – Lido Arlecchino
  • Viareggio – Marina di Viareggio (Ponente / Levante), Torre Del Lago Puccini
  • Forte dei Marmi – Litorale Centro / Capannina

Province of Massa-Carrara

  • Massa – Marina Ponente / Right Brugiano, Left Brugiano / Marina Centro / Right Frigido / Left Frigido, Ronchi Ponente, Ronchi Levante
  • Carrara – Marina di Carrara Center

Province of Pisa

  • Pisa – Marina di Pisa, Calambrone / Tirrenia

Trentino Alto Adige (10 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Trento

  • Bondone – Porto Camarelle
  • Pergine Valsugana – San Cristoforo
  • Baselga di Pine – Lido Beach, Alberon, Beach Bar
  • Lavarone – Lido Bertoldi / Lido Marzari
  • Bedollo – Localita Squares
  • Caldonazzo – Lido / Beach
  • Tenna – Beach of Tenna
  • Levico Terme – Levico beach
  • Sella Giudicarie – Roncone beach
  • Calceranica al lago – Alle Barche / Al Pescatore / Riviera

Veneto (9 Blue Flag locations)

Province of Rovigo

  • Porto Tolle – Barricade, Boccasette, Shells
  • Rosolina – Rosolina Mare, Albarella Sports Center, Albarella North Cape

Province of Venice

  • Eraclea – Eraclea Mare
  • Caorle – Brussa, Duna verde, Levante, Ponente, Porto Santa Margherita
  • Cavallino Treporti – Lido
  • Venice – Lido of Venice
  • Jesolo – Lido
  • San Michele al Tagliamento – Bibione
  • Chioggia – Sottomarina
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