It's official! Liguria, awarded 20 Blue Flags, boasts Italy's cleanest beaches

Holidaymakers looking to spend their summer days in Italy will now be able to enjoy an impressive 269 blue flag beaches along all its coasts.

And the International Foundation for Environmental Education revealed that Liguria, based in northwest Italy, has the country’s cleanest beaches, with 20 Blue Flag statuses awarded across the region.

Meanwhile, Tuscany and central Marche both enjoy 17 Blue Flag beaches.

Visitors to Le Marche are spoilt, with 180km of Adriatic coastline to enjoy, lined with a stretch of spectacular Blue Flag beaches.

The region is also bordered by the Apennine mountain range, which boasts numerous ski resorts and hiking trails.

There are also plenty of picturesque hilltop villages, fields of gold, sparkling rivers and lakes, castles, fortresses and medieval walled towns to be explored.

Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, owner of family-run fractional property Appassionata – based in Le Marche – said:

“Italy has so much to offer. My family and I have settled in Le Marche since 2007, nestled between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, and have never looked back.

“The landscape of this region is so varied; we have the benefits of world class skiing one day to sun worshipping on gorgeous beaches the next.

“The beaches near us are incredible – within just 10 km we have Pedaso, Cupra Marittima and Grottamare, all of which are Blue Flag beaches, absolutely perfect for soaking up the Italian sunshine.

“Here at Appassionata we have built this traditional Italian lifestyle into the design of our properties, enabling our owners to get the most out of their holidays here.”

Holidaymakers looking to soak up the delights of Le Marche are able to enjoy a one tenth share of Casa Leopardi for just £195,000.

For this, buyers are entitled to exclusive use of the property for five weeks per year, including the estate’s landscaped gardens, swimming pool, all-weather tennis court and spectacular panoramic views.

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