Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
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>>>ANSA/ Italy gets more Blue Flag beaches

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(By Christopher Livesay)

Rome, May 14 - The number of Italian beaches to be
awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for clean water and
pristine sands has risen this year, the international Foundation
for Environmental Education (FEE) said on Tuesday.
Italian seaside resorts awarded a Blue Flag in 2013 were
135, four more than last year, for a total of 248 top beaches.
Some 86% of last year's Blue Flag beaches were confirmed
this year while nine new entries included resorts in Carrara,
Tuscany, Francavilla al Mare in Abruzzo and a lake beach resort
in Levico Terme, in the north-eastern Trentino-Alto Adige
region.
The northwest coastal region of Liguria has the cleanest
beaches in Italy, 20, two more than last year, followed by the
central Marche region with 18 and Tuscany with 17, one more than
last year.
Among Italian islands, Sardinia, known worldwide for its
crystalline waters and luxury Emerald Coast resorts, received an
added Blue Flag for a total of seven while Sicily lost one, for
a total of four Blue Flag beaches.
Blue Flag looks at sustainable development employing strict
criteria on water quality, environmental education and
management, safety and services.
Blue Flag has worked with the United Nations' Environment
Programme and analysed beaches and marinas worldwide since 1987
to monitor quality and cleanliness.
Earlier this year, travel website TripAdvisor decided that
the world's most beautiful beach is found in Sicily, beating
sand-and-sea destinations in the Caribbean and Australia.
Spiaggia dei Conigli, or Rabbit Beach, at Lampedusa in
Sicily boasts white sand and a crystal-clear sea in an unspoiled
setting near a nature reserve where each spring, sea turtles lay
their eggs, says TripAdvisor.
Ranked below Lampedusa are such beaches as Grace Bay,
Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos islands; Whitehaven
Beach in Australia; and Brazil's Baia do Sancho.
Italy also ranks in TripAdvisor's European-specific best
beach ratings with La Pelosa di Stintino, in Sardegna, ranked as
eighth best.
When it comes to water purity, a health ministry study last
year said the best waters for bathing in Italy are in Veneto,
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Basilicata, Sicily and
Sardinia.
The worst are in Campania, Abruzzo and Liguria, said the
survey.
Water quality was evaluated largely on the presence of two
bacteria, Enterococchi and Escherichia coli.

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