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The Blue Flag Beaches in Emilia-Romagna

by /// May 13, 2022
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From the seaside resorts of Ferrara up to the border of the Marche Region, 9 beaches in Emilia-Romagna have been awarded with the 2022 BLUE FLAG certification, this according to Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), the foundation headquartered in Denmark, which works for Environmental Education. Every year the FEE qualifies seaside resorts from as many as 49 States – European and International – for this prestigious award.

More than thirty are the strict parametres, updated regularly, must be met in order to be awarded – and contrary to popular belief – the beauty of the seaside resorts and and their strands are of minor importance. In order to be part of the 2022 Blue Flag’s list, other aspects are considered: some of them have to do with respect for the environment and with sustainability principles.

Moreover, water quality, environmental and waste management, promotion of sustainable alternative means of transportation (including the presence of cycle tracks), quality of tourist services and facilities, presence of green areas, public safety control measures and comfort of each seaside resort are all criteria that are taken into account for the accreditation. There are so many parameters for the accreditation of a beach.

Emilia Romagna is well-known for its beaches: we are talking about 110 km of coast made of wide beaches, the majority of which are sandy; for this reason, and thanks to all its facilities, they are the ideal seaside destination where to spend your summer holidays.



Lido di Volano, Lido Delle Nazioni, Lido di Pomposa, Lido Degli Scacchi, Porto GaribaldiLido Degli Estensi, Lido di Spina

Lidi di Comacchio (Ferrara)
The Lidi di Comacchio (Ferrara) | Photo ©

It’s an oasis of wellness, a perfect mix of comfort and adventure, amusement and relax, the desire of sea and the essence of unblemished nature.

Here we are at COMACCHIO, halfway between Ferrara and Ravenna, in the balance between the blue of the sky and the green of the Po Delta Park.



Casal Borsetti, Marina Romea, Porto Corsini, Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina Terme, Lido Adriano, Lido di Dante, Lido di Classe, Lido di Savio

Casalborsetti (Spiagge di Ravenna )
Casalborsetti (Beaches of Ravenna) | Photo © Fabrizio Zani ((Archive RavennaTourism images)

RAVENNA is a city of unparalleled beauty and it boasts no less than 8 UNESCO Monuments. But there’s even more: the blue of the Adriatic sea is a few kilometres from the city centre and counts nine seaside resorts stretching along almost 35 km of coast.

Each beach has its own peculiarity and they diversify from one another according to the type of stay they offer: sun and relax, games, sports activities and fitness, excursions and themed parks (first of all Mirabilandia).

Don’t forget the excellent cuisine of the Romagna tradition and the green itineraries across its historical pine forests (San Vitale and Classe) and coastal areas.


Milano Marittima, Pinarella

Spiaggia di Cervia (Ravenna)
Beaches of Cervia | Photo © Fantini (Archive Apt)

On the one side is MILANO MARITTIMA with its haute-couture fashion shops, its crowded clubs, and its parties until late night, on the other is CERVIA, an ancient sea village grown among saltpans and nets.

Today it is populated by hotels full of tourists who came in Romagna to enjoy a holiday of relax.



Zadina-Ponente, Valverde-Villamarina

Spiagge di Cesenatico (Forlì/Cesena)
Beaches of Cesenatico (Forlì/Cesena) | Photo ©

Every year, many tourists from all over Italy and Europe arrive on these beaches of the finest sand. They are chasing the excellence of services and – most of all – the tastiness of local food which is strictly linked to the maritime identity of CESENATICO.

Welcoming, quiet and safe resorts, large tree-lined avenues and big green areas are what you should choose if you want to enjoy a relaxing and perfect holiday.

SAN MAURO MARE (San Mauro Pascoli)

San Mauro Mare (Forlì/Cesena)
San Mauro Mare (Forlì/Cesena) | Photo ©

The best time to visit SAN MAURO MARE? Well, summer is the best one! During this season, this small seaside resort on the Adriatic coast proves to be an ideal place for a safe and relaxing stay.

The clean sea and shallow waters, modern facilities and qualified bathing establishments make this place suitable for families… and you immediately feel at home!



Bellaria Igea Marina (Rimini)
Bellaria Igea Marina (Rimini) | Photo © Maurizio Polverelli

The old sea village of BELLARIA IGEA MARINA, right halfway through the Riviera Adriatica, is a modern and fascinating little city today.

The golden sand and the wide tourist offer is very attractive, especially during the period from May to September.

At its back, the countryside of wheat fields and orchards drags in visitors by bike or on foot along the paths of the river Uso: unique itineraries make your stay unforgettable.


Punto Dieci, Portoverde, Rio Alberello

Misano Adriatico (Rimini)
Misano Adriatico (Rimini) | Photo ©

It’s true: tourism was born not far from the coasts of MISANO ADRIATICO.

Surrounded by green hills, with a wide 3km-long beach and a crowded city dock in Portoverde, it has always been the ideal destination for the traditional family holidays, enriched with welcoming seaside resorts and high-quality accommodation facilities.

Not far away from the beach, the rumble of the motor at the Misano World Circuit does the rest, alluring numerous speed freaks car enthusiasts from all over the world.


La spiaggia di Riccione (Rimini)
La spiaggia di Riccione (Rimini) | Foto ©

RICCIONE, the so-called Green Pearl of the Adriatic, is famous throughout Europe for its hospitality, its sea and fully equipped beaches, but even more so for its attractions and electrifying nightlife.

Along the renowned Viale Ceccarini, you find shops, luxury boutiques, restaurants and outdoor cafés.

The beach, wide and with fine sand, offers state-of-the-art facilities and its bathing establishments – full of comforts – are able to provide special and sophisticated atmospheres.

Riccione is also famous for hosting two of the large theme parks situated along the Adriatic Coast: Aquafan and Oltremare Park. Last but not least, the best discos and clubs of Emilia-Romagna are here.


Cattolica (Rimini)
Cattolica (Rimini) | Foto ©

Bestowed in an amazing inlet and protected by the last slopes of the Apennine, CATTOLICA is the last city of Romagna, bordering the region Marche. It is an elegant refined city with more than one century of tradition linked to the art of hospitality behind it.

Any tourist in this land is sacred and any service that is offered is the best anyone could wish.


Davide Marino

Davide Marino was born archaeologist but ended up doing other things. Rational – but not methodic, slow – but passionate. A young enthusiast with grey hair

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