The Bandiere Blu or Blue Flag is an international award, established in 1987, that is awarded to beaches and marinas based on water quality, environmental management and certain other criteria. It currently operates in over 48 countries and is run by the non-profit organisation, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The award is much coveted because it is an indication that the water is clean and unpolluted, and the area is managed in a sustainable way.
There are a number of beaches that were awarded the Bandiere Blu in 2013 within easy reach of Lunigiana. They are:
- the beaches of Lerici and Fiumaretta, Ameglia, in Liguria
- Marina di Carrara
- the beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio in Versilia.
The Bandiere Blu is also awarded to marinas, of which the following are within easy reach of Lunigiana:
- Marina of Porto Venere
- Bocca di Magra
- Porto Lotti (La Spezia)
- Mirabello (La Spezia).
Bandiere Blu beaches and marinas closest to Lunigiana appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 26 July 2013.