If you are traveling to Italy this summer and are looking for inspiration for a visit, you will find interesting content here: the 2021 edition of “Il mare più bello”, the annual travel guide of the Legambiente environmental organization and the Touring Club Italiano award for the most beautiful and sustainable beaches in the country.
Since 2000, the two organizations have worked together to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the Italian coastal ecosystem by giving the so-called “Cinque Vele” (Five Sails) Prize to the most virtuous travel destinations in terms of care Environment and the development of quality hospitality services.
In the 2021 edition of the travel guide, Legambiente and Touring Club Italiano selected the 45 most outstanding coastal areas in the country from a total of 98 travel destinations. The award-winning beaches meet a range of sustainability and environmental criteria, ranging from energy and land use to waste management, water treatment systems and various sustainability initiatives.
With 6 selected travel destinations, the island of Sardinia is the most awarded region, followed by Tuscany, Puglia, Campania and Sicily. Specifically, the highest-ranking coasts in Sardinia are in Baronia di Posada and Gallura, in the northeast of the island, Baunei on the east coast, the Chia coast in the south and the protected marine area of the Sinis Peninsula and Planargia on the west coast.
In Tuscany, the Maremma, Costa d’Argento and the islands of Giglio and Capraia are the destinations for the most beautiful beaches. While Puglia is one of its most outstanding areas, it offers the Tremiti Islands, the Alto Salento on the Adriatic Sea and the Alto Salento on the Ionian Sea. The top travel destinations in Sicily are the islands of Pantelleria and Salina, while in Campania the Cilento Antico and the Costa del Mito are the places not to be missed. The Cinque Terre Park is at the top of Liguria’s list and the Costa di Maratea is the main tourist destination in Basilicata.
As for the lakes, the Trentino-Alto Adige region is the most awarded region that offers three Five Sails destinations: the lakes of Molveno, Fiè and Montiggler. In Tuscany too, Lago dell’Accesa received the main prize, as did Lake Avigliana Grande in Piedmont, Lago del Mis in Veneto and the west coast of Lake Garda.
Franco Iseppi, President of Touring Club Italiano, commented: “The 21st. We emerge from this test with the possibility and in many ways with the need to rethink our relationship with the environment and apply it to more urgent standards of sustainability, responsibility, respect to the earth and to future generations. A paradigm with which the detailed analysis of the coastal environment and the associated tourist areas proposed here has been associated since its inception. The result is not a ranking, but a geographical map that depicts the exceptional resources of the Italian seas and lakes and provides information on the good environmental, administrative and tourism practices that help to preserve and promote them. “
Sebastiano Venneri, Tourism Manager of Legambiente, said: “The places at the top of our ranking are those who have the greatest chance of winning the challenges of the future, d being able to emerge from the National Relaunch Plan (PNRR) To take advantage of opportunities and to convert them into an opportunity for rebirth and for strengthening the economic and social fabric. It is clear that the challenges we face, starting with climate, the toughest of all, cannot be confronted and won with current practices alone; It is clear that the financial plan drawn up by the European Union must primarily be based on environmental criteria ”.