The Italian Touring Club, non-profit association, founded in 1894 at first as an association of cyclists and later as tourism development and livelihood of the whole peninsula, publishes each year the Blue Guide to make known what are the areas that have certain criteria to be the list of winners.
To rule take into account the quality of the environment. Studies and analyzes are carried out by the Institute of Environment Research Italy that relies on the monitoring and review of waters of Goletta Verde and censuses and investigations of Legambiente via a database, used to determine: the cleanliness of the sea, less exploited areas and little known, the quality of service, the use of renewable energies.
The areas selected for acceptance into this list are also the lesser known, pristine, uncrowded and located in towns, villages or city where traditional festivities take place, where food, hospitality and prices are priorities to give to tourists, because it remains etched a memorable holiday thanks mostly to the Italian style that still manages to attract a large niche of foreigners.
Let’s see the list:
- Domus de Maria in the extreme south of Sardinia, with its gorgeous white beaches in the hamlet of Chia, where the protection and attention to the preservation of the landscape and the archaeological heritage is undertaken consistently. Not to be missed in the summer various festivals, including those dedicated to the fish market.
- Pollica in the province of Salerno is the oasis of relaxation and genuine taste of traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
- Castiglione della Pescaia in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany, a place of excellence as a tourist destination in Maremma, awarded many times over the years with the “5 Vele” for a quality environment to call it “the little Switzerland”.
- Roccella Jonica located in the province of Reggio Calabria faces with all its beauty on the Costa Dei Gelsomini and won the recognition of “Vele” for its spectacular beaches.
- Posada in the province of Nuoro located on top of a cliff with its taste of the medieval villages, pine forests and the magnificent panorama of the sea, retains the old world charm.
- Baunei in the province of Nuoro, fascinates with its beaches but arises mainly as a complete tourist destination, because with its mountains, long ago inhabited by shepherds, offers trips, trekking, hiking and much more integrated into the natural landscape.
- Castro in the province of Lecce, hasn’t sandy beaches but rocks, and for those who love the green sea and the seabed has to be seen with diving, surely this is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday.
- Santa Marina Salina in the province of Messina, is located on an island that is part of the Aeolian archipelago. The beaches here are not many but the beauty and the little crowding make this place one of the winners according to the classification of Legambiente.
- Marina di Camerota in the province of Salerno in the Cilento National Park and Vallo di Diano, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.
- Santa Teresa di Gallura situated in the extreme north of Sardinia and overlooks the inlet of Porto Natural Longonsardo where there is also the tower built in the sixteenth century.
- Otranto, in the province of Lecce, where on a clear day you can glimpse from the mountains of Albania coast. The “Gateway to the East” as it is named for its location further east than any town in all of Italy.
- San Vito Lo Capo in the province of Trapani, is one of those places little known by mass tourism, which still places to be discovered by exploring relaxing.
- Vernazza in the province of La Spezia, is the second of the countries that make up the Cinque Terre. The area is also characterized by typical terraces for growing grapes.
- Polignano a Mare in the province of Bari, fascinates with its magnificent sea caves, the old town and the Roman ruins. The sea is a show with traditional Apulian food.
- Maratea in the province of Potenza overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea with its picturesque coastal landscapes, its mountains and the history is called the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
- Capalbio in the province of Grosseto, nicknamed the Little Athens, for its important Renaissance historic context. Management and accuracy in the organization and protection of both the beaches and the environment.
- Bosa in the province of Oristano, with its traditional and colorful houses, its beaches, where the colors of the crystal clear waters mix with the soft white sand.
- Melendugno in province of Lecce, where its beaches Roca, San Foca center and north, Torre Specchio, Torre Sant’Andrea and Torre dell’Orso, have been awarded the “Bandiera Blu” for the cleanliness of the water and the organization of the same beaches.
After seeing these wonders, I understand why Italy is much appreciated abroad for his landscapes, for the towns, charming villages, good food and hospitality.