How many are the Orange Flags is easy to say: with the very recent addition of 11 new locations and the confirmation of another 251, there are 262 Orange Flags present in all Italian regions. Here you are some advice for visiting, region by region; it being understood that the site www.bandierearancioni.it awaits you with the complete list (here we cannot name all the locations!) and many insights for the visit.
VALLE D’AOSTA AND PIEDMONT
With 40 certified Municipalities, the Piedmont is the most orange region of Italy! You can find Orange Flags throughout the region, from the Alps to the plains passing through the hills of the Langhe and Monferrato. For example, if you are planning a vacation in Mountain, here waiting for you are places like Macugnaga and Vogogna (Vb), Varallo and Fobello in Valsesia (Vc), Usseaux and Usseglio in the Torinesi Alps (To), Entracque in the Maritime Alps (Cn). Susa (To) has just been added to them, rich in history and archeology. Then there are the villages on lakes: Arona (No) and Cannero Riviera (Vb) on Lake Maggiore, Orta San Giulio (No) on Lake Orta.
Numerous villages between Langhe, Roero and Monferrato: for example Barolo, Bene Vagienna, Bergolo, Cherasco, Guarene, Monforte d’Alba (all in the province of Cuneo); Canelli, Cocconato, Moncalvo, Ozzano Monferrato (in the province of Asti and Alessandria). They have just been joined by Canelli (At), Castagnole delle Lanze (At), Rosignano Monferrato (Al) and Trisobbio (Al). While in other areas of the region are Agliè (To), Candelo (Bi) and Gavi (Al), in addition to the new entry Revello (Cn).
And the Valle d’Aosta? Find welcoming locations in the mountains and at the bottom of the valley in Etroubles, Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Introd.
For being so small, Liguria is full of beautiful and hospitable villages: among other things, the region saw the birth of Orange Flags in the now distant 1998. For those on holiday inImperiese you are spoiled for choice: in villages such as Airole, Dolceacqua, Perinaldo, Pigna, Seborga and Triora, Badalucco (IM) and Vallebona (IM) have also recently been added, which deserve walks in the green for many typical products , historic centers full of charm.
Continuing east, here is Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena, Toirano and Sassello in Savonese and Santo Stefano d’Aveto in Genovese, to then move on to another province full of welcoming villages, that of Spice: if you visit the Cinque Terre or Portovenere, know that you will find as many beauties in places such as Brugnato, Castelnuovo Magra, Pignone and Varese Ligure.
Badalucco, the new Orange Flag village in Liguria – panorama
You are on vacation in Valtellina? The splendid Chiavenna (So) awaits you. You have chosen the Prealps and the valleys of Bergamo and Bresciano? Here are Almenno San Bartolomeo, Bienno, Clusone and Gromo waiting for you. Prefer a few days on lakes? We recommend Bellano (Lc), on Lake Como, and Sarnico (Bg), on Lake Iseo.
Also in Plains, however, there are many certified villages, especially in Mantuan: we point out for example Monzambano (fraction of Castellaro Lagusello), Pizzighettone, Sabbioneta and Solferino. And then the new entry of Ponti sul Mincio (Mn), a surprising location, where you can combine historical visits with bicycle rides in a beautiful countryside.
VENETO, TRENTINO SOUTH TYROL AND FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA
Even if you are traveling in the Northeast, you will find welcoming villages waiting for you. Especially in the Alps: in Trentino there are for example places like Caderzone Terme, Ledro, Levico Terme and Molveno, all united by the presence of beautiful lakes or thermal springs; in South Tyrol, for example Campo Tures, in Val di Tures, north of Brunico; in the province of Belluno we recommend Borgo Valbelluna; while in Carnia and in the Friulian Dolomites we would like to point out Andreis, Barcis, Frisanco, Maniago and Sappada. In the dedicated cards on the Orange Flags website you will find all the advice for visiting, both in the historic centers and in the surrounding area, with reports of excursions and walks through fir forests, lakes and alpine refuges.
Moving on between the hills and the plain, we also point out Cison di Valmarino (Tv), Montagnana (Pd), Soave (Vr) and Valeggio sul Mincio (Vr), all ideal for a weekend by bike, perhaps not far from home.
The territory of Ponti sul Mincio, the new Orange Flag village in Liguria – panorama
If you take a tour in Parma or Modena, remember that nearby there are Fontanellato, Busseto and Castelvetro di Modena, three enchanting villages full of history and stories. If you plan an excursion to theModena Apennines, pass by Fiumalbo. If you are close to Bologna waiting for you is Pieve di Cento.
And then, here are all the villages that await you if you are on the Romagna Riviera: often a few kilometers from the sea, they are ideal for a break from the beach and for immersion in ancient traditions. In the province of Rimini here is San Leo; in that of Ravenna we point out Brisighella; in that of Forlì Cesena Bagno di Romagna, Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, Longiano, Portico and San Benedetto, Premilcuore and Roncofreddo (Monteleone hamlet).
Tuscany is another region very rich in Orange Flags: you could write about them for pages and pages. We remind you of some of them, dividing them by areas: in the province of Lucca and Massa Carrara find Montecarlo and Fosdinovo; in that of Pisa, Casale Marittimo, Casciana Terme Lari, Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina and Peccioli; in that of Pistoia Collodi and Abetone Cutigliano; in that of Florence Certaldo and Barberino Tavernelle.
Further east, in theAretino here are Anghiari, Lucignano and Castiglion Fiorentino, while further south, in Grosseto area, Santa Fiora and Pitigliano. But the province that most of all can boast Orange Flag villages is Siena: Casole d’Elsa, Cetona, Chiusi, Montefollonico (hamlet of Torrita di Siena), Murlo, Radicofani, S. Casciano dei Bagni, S. Gimignano, Sarteano and Trequanda await you.
Pitigliano, an Orange Flag village in Tuscany – photo Getty Images
UMBRIA AND MARCHE
A ride in the hills and mountains of Umbria and Marche? Here, too, there is no shortage of Orange Flags. In Umbria, for example, in addition to Montone we find the “new entry” Nocera Umbra (province of Perugia), known as the “city of waters” for its mineral waters.
In the Walk there is only the embarrassment of choice, the Orange Flag villages are many, in all the provinces, both in territories not far from the Adriatic and in the more Apennine ones. For example, in province of Pesaro-Urbino Cantiano, Frontino, Gradara, Mercatello sul Metauro, Mondavio; in province of Ancona Corinaldo, Genga, Offagna, Ostra, Serra San Quirico, Staffolo; in province of Fermo Amandola e Monterubbiano; in province of Macerata, Camerino, Montecassiano, Montelupone, S. Ginesio, Sarnano, Urbisaglia, Valfornace, Visso; in the province of Ascoli Piceno Acquaviva Picena and Ripatransone.
Nocera Umbra, new Orange Flag village in Umbria – photo Getty Images
Further south, we find Cisternino (province of Brindisi) and Corigliano d’Otranto, in Salento.
Subiaco, new Orange Flag village in Lazio – the Monastery
CAMPANIA, BASILICATA AND CALABRIA
Not far from Daunia, which we talked about earlier, are the historical regions ofIrpinia he was born in Matese: here, between the provinces of Avellino and Benvento, we find the villages of Zungoli and Cerreto Sannita. More towards the Tyrrhenian, here is Sant’Agata de ‘Goti and Morigerati, the latter in the beautiful Cilento, in the province of Salerno.
The villages that we recommend in are quite concentrated and not far from the Ionian coast Basilicata: Aliano, land of badlands, Guardia Perticara, Valsinni and San Severino Lucano, on the Pollino. Still on the Pollino, but on the Calabrian side, here are Morano Calabro and Taverna.
Moving further south in Calabria, two villages not to be missed in the province of Reggio Calabria: Bova and Gerace.
SICILY AND SARDINIA
And to finish our tour of Italy among the villages that we recommend this summer, here are our two major islands. In Sicily, the suggestion is to visit Petralia Sottana, a charming town on the Madonie, in the province of Palermo: you will find fresh air, typical specialties and many traditions.