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MAP: Which regions of Italy have the most Blue Flag beaches in 2024?

Elaine Allaby
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MAP: Which regions of Italy have the most Blue Flag beaches in 2024?
Holidaymakers enjoy a beach in Tropea, Calabria. Photo by Massimo Virgilio on Unsplash

The list of Italy's high quality beaches has grown by 27 this year. Here are the Italian regions where you can find the most beaches that meet the highest global standards.

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A total of 485 beaches across Italy have been awarded the internationally recognised and coveted bandiera blu (Blue Flag) status for 2024. That’s 27 more beaches than the 458 awarded last year, and up from 427 in 2022.

The beaches are spread across 236 municipalities across the country - up from 226 in 2023 - and include lakeside as well as ocean beaches.

The northwestern coastal region of Liguria took the top spot for the number of best beaches again this year, once again claiming 34 stretches of coastline of Blue Flag quality, having lost two and gained two new Blue Flag beaches.

It's followed by Puglia with 24 locations (three more than last year), and Calabria and Campania, each with 20.

Beaches only get awarded this status if they meet excellent water quality and environmental standards, assigned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

 

Here's a list of the municipalities with Blue Flag beaches according to region (find the full list of beaches here):

Liguria - 34 locations

Bordighera, Sanremo, Riva Ligure, Santo Stefano al Mare, San Lorenzo al Mare, Imperia, Diano Marina, Laigueglia, Ceriale, Borghetto Santo Spirito, Loano, Pietra Ligure, Borgio Verezzi, Finale Ligure, Noli, Spotorno, Bergeggi, Savona, Albissola Marina, Albisola Superiore, Celle Ligure,Varazze, Sori, Recco, Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, Chiavari, Lavagna, Sestri Levante, Moneglia, Framura, Bonassola, Levanto, Lerici.

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Puglia - 24 locations

Isole Tremiti, Rodi Garganico, Peschici, Vieste, Zapponeta, Bisceglie, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Fasano, Ostuni, Carovigno, Lecce, Melendugno, Castro, Patù, Salve, Ugento, Gallipoli, Nardò, Manduria, Maruggio, Leporano, Castellaneta, Ginosa.

Calabria - 20 locations

Tortora, Praia a mare, San Nicola Arcella, Santa Maria del Cedro, Diamante, Rocca Imperiale, Roseto Capo Spulico, Trebisacce, Villapiana, Cirò Marina, Melissa, Isola Capo Rizzuto, Sellia Marina, Catanzaro, Soverato, Parghelia, Tropea, Caulonia, Roccella Ionica, Siderno.

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Campania - 20 locations

Cellole, Massa Lubrense, Sorrento, Piano di Sorrento, Vico Equense, Anacapri, Positano, Capaccio Paestum, Agropoli, Castellabate, Montecorice, San Mauro Cilento, Pollica, Casal Velino, Asce, Pisciotta, Centola, Camerota, Ispani, Vibonati.

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Marche - 19 locations

Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Mondolfo, Senigallia, Ancona, Sirolo, Numana, Porto Recanati, Potenza Picena, Civitanova Marche, Porto Sant’Elpidio, Fermo, Porto San Giorgio, Altidona, Pedaso, Cupra Marittima, Grottammare, San Benedetto del Tronto.

Valle dell’Erica beach in Sardinia's Blue Flag town of Santa Teresa di Gallura. Photo by Massimo Virgilio on Unsplash

Tuscany - 18 locations

Carrara, Massa, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Camaiore, Viareggio, Pisa, Livorno, Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina, Bibbona, Castagneto Carducci, San Vincenzo, Piombino, Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto, Orbetello.

Abruzzo - 15 locations

Martinsicuro, Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto, Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Pineto, Silvi, Pescara, Francavilla al Mare, Ortona, Fossacesia, Vasto, San Salvo, Villalago, Scanno.

Sardinia - 15 locations

Castelsardo, Sorso, Sassari, Santa Teresa Gallura, Aglientu, Trinità d’Agultu e Vignola, Badesi, La Maddalena, Palau, Budoni, Oristano, Tortolì, Bari Sardo, Quartu Sant’Elena, Sant’Antioco.

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Sicily - 14 locations

Lipari, Tusa, Alì Terme, Roccalumera, Furci Siculo, Santa Teresa di Riva, Letojanni, Taormina, Modica, Ispica, Pozzallo, Scicli, Ragusa, Menfi.

Trentino-Alto Adige - 12 locations

Vallelaghi, Sella Giudicarie, Tenno, Bondone, Bedollo, Baselga di Pinè, Pergine Valsugana, Tenna, Calceranica al Lago, Levico Terme, Caldonazzo, Lavarone.

Lazio - 10 locations

Trevignano Romano, Anzio, Latina, Sabaudia, San Felice Circeo, Terracina, Fondi, Sperlonga, Gaeta, Minturno.

Emilia Romagna - 9 locations

Comacchio, Ravenna, Cervia, Cesenatico, Gatteo, San Mauro Pascoli, Bellaria Igea Marina, Riccione, Misano Adriatico.

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Veneto - 9 locations

San Michele al Tagliamento, Caorle, Eraclea, Jesolo, Cavallino Treporti, Venezia, Chioggia, Rosolina, Porto Tolle.

Basilicata - 5 locations

Maratea, Bernalda, Pisticci, Policoro, Nova Siri.

Piedmont - 5 locations

Cannobio, Cannero Riviera, Verbania, San Maurizio D’Opaglio, Gozzano.

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Lombardy - 3 locations

Toscolano Maderno, Gardone Riviera, Sirmione.

Friuli Venezia Giulia - 2 locations

Grado, Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Molise - 2 locations

Termoli, Campomarino.

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