In 2016 Italy boasts 293 Blue Flags Beaches and region Liguria has again the highest number of Blue Flag beaches.
Italy has 293 top beaches, thirteen more than last year: the figures emerge from the 2016 Blue Flag table, which certifies the services and environmental friendliness of coastal and lakeside resorts, as well as the cleanliness of the water.
Blue Flags are international distinctions, created in 1987, with patronage and support from UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Tourism Organisation, which aims to promote a sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria such as water quality, environmental management, safety and services provided close to or within the beach area. To the Blue Flag Programme participate beaches and marinas in 49 countries of all the world.
Liguria again tops the regional table with 25 flags, increasing by two this year. It is followed by Tuscany with 19, the central Marche region with 17, Campania has 14 flags, Apulia is in 5th position with 11.
In the West Liguria there is the confim of Bordighera, San Lorenzo al mare, Santo Stefano al mare and Arma di Taggia.