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High awards for Tuscan Beaches!

tuscan cooking vacationsIf you are one of the growing number of people who treasure our natural world and want to support the places who also work hard every day to protect our precious home, you will be glad to know that Tuscany is one of those places!

The Foundation for Environmental Education has designated eighteen beaches in Tuscany as Blue Flag beaches. The FEE is an organization headquartered in Denmark that recognizes areas and institutions who have shown that they are highly sustainable and most importantly environmentally friendly ways of maintaining their operations.

Tuscany garnered the second highest number of Blue Flag beaches, second only to Liguria who had 20. This was due to adding from the previous year of Marcianan Marina on Elba Island.

The other beaches are Monte Argentario, Marina di Grosseto and Principina a Mare, Castiglione della Pescaia and Follonica (Grosseto); Marina Le Gorette, Antignano and Quercianella, San Vincenzo, Sterpaia Park, Castiglioncello and Vada, Marina di Bibbona and Castagneto Carducci (Livorno); Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio and Camaiore (Lucca); Marina di Carrara Centro (Massa-Carrara) and Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia, Calambrone (Pisa).

Other towns along the Tuscan Coast:

Bolgheri A charming seaside town overlooking the vineyards of some of Italy’s most prized grapes has enotecas where you can try out the best vintages and restaurants whose menus include both seafood and wild game.

Populonia Archaeological buffs come for the Etruscan ruins (some of the best preserved in Tuscany), while beachgoers head below to the wide bay beaches of Baratti. Don’t miss: the 15th-century fortress with its ramparts facing a large emerald expanse of the sea.

Castiglione della Pescaia This ancient settlement was once home to Etruscans and Romans.

Talamone Sitting on the cliffs overlooking the Maremma Regional Park, Talamone is a tangle of medieval streets with a 13th-century castle as its centerpiece.

Capalbio This city close to the border of Lazio has become a bastion for Romans looking for a weekend escape.