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A lot of blue flags for Italy

The number of Italian beaches to be awarded a prestigious Blue Flag for clean water and pristine sands has risen once again this year.

Tuscany and Marche topped the league for the second straight year, with each region boasting 16 awards, one more than last year.

They were joined by Liguria which added two Flags to last year's 14.

Abruzzo was steady with 13 while Campania earned one more Flag to claim 12.

Emilia Romagna had 8, like last year, while Puglia earned seven, up two, and Veneto earned one more to boast 6.

Sicily, Calabria and Lazio all gained one to stand on 4 while Friuli and Sardinia claimed two as in 2008.

Molise dropped from two to one, joining Basilicata at the bottom of the pile.

Both regions have small stretches of coastline, on the Adriatic and Ionian seas respectively.

Only two Italian lakes earned a Blue Flag: one in Piedmont and one, the Lago di Scanno, in Abruzzo.

by S. C.
08 may 2009, World News > Italy