Italy’s boasts 269 Blue Flag beaches but it’s not just the golden sand and turquoise waters that keep visitors coming back for more

The number of Italian beaches to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag accolade for clean water and pristine sands has increased again this year, according to the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).


Italy now boasts 269 Blue Flag beaches in a total of 140 municipalities nationwide, compared to the 248 beaches in 135 municipalities recorded last year.

Liguria in northwest Italy retained its title as the region with the cleanest beaches (20) closely followed by Tuscany and the central Marche region (17).

Indeed, Le Marche boasts 180km of Adriatic coastline, lined with a stretch of spectacular Blue Flag beaches however it’s not just beaches that attract the intrepid explorer to this hidden gem of Italy.

The region is also bordered in the west by the Apennine mountain range with ski resorts and hiking trails. Between the Apennines and the Adriatic coast is a glorious hilly landscape with traditional farmland, vineyards, olive groves and sunflowers. Every few kilometres you come across pretty hilltop villages, fields of gold, sparkling rivers and lakes, castles, fortresses and medieval walled towns.

Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, owner of family-run fractional property company Appassionata based in Le Marche, comments,

“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.”


Dawn continues,

“With a location as truly beautiful as Le Marche, we wanted to ensure that the homes were on par with their environment with traditional architectural features and indulgent décor. We offer people from all over the world the chance to own a luxury property and share in the wonderful lifestyle ventures made possible by the breadth of the estate.”

A one tenth share of Casa Leopardi is currently available for just £195,000. For this, buyers can enjoy 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. Within the house, spacious, light-filled rooms combine with outside terraces and unique touches to create an elegant, relaxed vibe.

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The continual rise of Italy as a luxury holiday destination combined with the benefits of fractional ownership make Appassionata’s Casa Leopardi an exceptional lifestyle investment for buyers seeking to indulge their passion for Italy and possess their own slice of ‘La Dolce Vita’. For more information contact Appassionata today on 0039 073 465 8775 or visit

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