Five Sails, these are the must-see places if you want to sail clean waters


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Castiglione-della-pescaiaSome time ago we reminded you of the best seaside places of 2013 according to Legambiente and Touring Club Italiano: now the two bodies have published the 2014 rankings. All in the new Blue Guide, titled “The Most Beautiful Sea,” where the best of Italy’s marine (and lake) resorts that have successfully combined tourism and sustainability are recounted : 21 places that have been awarded the coveted “Five Sails.”

In first place is Castiglione della Pescaia: the municipality in the province of Grosseto took the lead in the eco-sustainable ranking, followed by Pollica-Acciaroli in the province of Salerno and Posada, in Sardinia. Fourth place for Ostuni, Puglia, fifth for San Vito Lo Capo (TP). Santa Marina Salina (Me) represents the only small island at the top. In addition to the top five and the small island of Messina, the eight seaside resorts that can boast the Five Sails this year are: Vernazza (Sp), Otranto (Le), Melendugno (Le), Baunei (Og), Bosa (Or), Maratea (Pz); and new entries Domus De Maria (Ca) and Roccella Jonica (Rc). So this summer, you know where to sail in clean waters and breathtaking scenery. And to do so informed, you can choose from our 37 digital guides where you’ll find ports and marinas, bays, landings, what to see ashore, and must-see restaurants.

But it doesn’t end there: are you…freshwater sailors? The guide also honored 7 lake resorts: winning 5-sails Molveno (Tn), Appiano sulla strada del vino (Bz) and Fiè allo Sciliar (Bz); to which must be added new entries Avigliana (To) on Lake Avigliana Grande in Piedmont, Tuoro del Trasimeno (Pg), Massa Marittima (Gr) in Tuscany on Lake Accesa, and Bellagio (Co) on Lake Como.




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