This year, the coastal resorts increase to 201 (from 195 in 2020) which together with 81 tourist ports (they were 75 last year) will be able to boast the Blue Flag 2021, the recognition of the international NGO Fee (Foundation for Environmental Education) . For this 35th edition, there are therefore 6 more Municipalities and out of the total the new entries are 15 while 9 Municipalities have not been confirmed.
Liguria is confirmed first on the podium always with 32 locations, as it climbs in second position Campania with 19 Flags (with a new entrance but also an exit) that overtakes and makes you slide in third place Tuscany who gets 17 blue banners (with three exits) tied with Puglia which earns two flags (three new entries and one exit).
There are 416 in total this year (407 were in 2020) the beaches with crystal clear sea, which correspond to about 10% of the award-winning beaches worldwide, Fee underlines, adding that Flags on the lakes drop to 16, with two outputs. The award is awarded on the basis of “imperative and guiding” criteria, including an “excellent” result overseas in the last four years, including the efficiency of the purification of waste water and the sewage system, separate waste collection, large pedestrian areas, cycle paths, street furniture well-kept, green areas.
Among the 32 evaluation criteria for this “quality seal” assigned by a national jury which also includes the ministries of ecological transition, agricultural policies and tourism, there are also hotels, public health services, information tourism, updated signage, environmental education.
The Marche, explains the international NGO, rises to 16 blue flags (a new entry), Calabria reaches 15 (two new entrances and one exit) while Sardinia reconfirms 14 locations (with a new entry and an exit) . Abruzzo rises to 13 (three new entries), Lazio reaches 11 (with two new municipalities). The 10 flags of Trentino Alto Adige remain unchanged, Sicily with two new entries at 10 rooms, the 9 flags of Veneto are confirmed, as well as the 7 towns of Emilia Romagna. Basilicata confirms its 5 localities; there are two releases in Piedmont which obtains 2 Flags; Friuli Venezia Giulia confirms the 2 of the previous year. Molise remains with 1 Flag, Lombardy also confirms 1 Blue Flag.
The 81 landings awarded, explains the Fee, “demonstrate that the tourist ports have consolidated the sustainability choices undertaken, responding to the requirements for international assignment, guaranteeing the quality and quantity of the services provided in full environmental compatibility”.