A “Blue Flag” means not only that the sea is clean in that area, but also that many other criteria have been met. These criteria include the presence of water treatment plants, the recycling of urban waste, the organisation of environmental initiatives such as limited traffic in urban areas, extensive pedestrian areas, cycling lanes, courses on environmental education for young people and care of the urban environment. In 2011 a total of 16 “Blue Flags” were assigned to the region of the Marche: Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Mondolfo (loc. Marotta), Senigallia, Ancona (loc. Portonovo), Sirolo, Numana, Porto Recanati, Potenza Picena (loc. Porto), Civitanova Marche, Porto Sant’Elpidio, Porto San Giorgio, Cupra Marittima, Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto. Among the tourist ports mentioned are the Marina dei Cesari in Fano, the tourist port of Numana, the marina of Porto San Giorgio, Tiziano, the tourist port of San Benedetto del Tronto and Marina Dorica of Ancona. www.bandierablu.org
The “Orange Flag” is a quality award for tourism and the environment conferred by the Italian Touring Club. It is awarded to small municipalities inland which offer outstanding services and hospitality. The towns with this award have fulfilled strict criteria for the evaluation of the protection of both the cultural and environmental heritage, hospitality, access to information, the availability and efficiency of public transport, accommodation, catering and the support of local operators, wine and food quality, cultural entertainment and street furniture. 17 “Orange Flags” fly in the region of the Marche: Acquaviva Picena, Camerino, Corinaldo, Gradara, Mondavio, Montecassiano, Montelupone, Monterubbiano, Ostra, Ripatransone, San Ginesio, Staffolo, Urbisaglia, Genga, Mercatello sul Metauro, Pievebovigliana and Sarnano.
To be part of the club of “The most beautiful villages of ItaIy” there are several structural requirements, such as the architectural harmony of the urban area, the quality of both private and public buildings and general standards with regard to the quality of life in the town in terms of activities and public services. In the Marche 18 villages have been admitted to this club: Cingoli, Corinaldo (European Destination of Excellence in 2008 and officially nominated “The most beautiful village of Italy” in 2007), Esanatoglia, Gradara, Grottammare, Matelica, Montecassiano, Montecosaro, Montefabbri, Montefiore dell’Aso, Montelupone, Moresco, Offagna, Offida, San Ginesio, Sarnano, Treia and Visso. www.borghitalia.it
Visiting the MARCHE region
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