The number of ‘blue flag beaches’ or resorts with great water and facilities rose to 183 this year from 175 last year, the Danish-based Foundation for Environmental Education announced.
Liguria led the way with three new entries for a total of 30, followed by Tuscany with 19, Campania with 18, Marche with 15, Sardinia with 14, Puglia with 13, Calabria with 11, Abruzzo with 10, Lazio with nine and Veneto with eight.
Loire Valley is preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.
From January to December 2019, over 500 cultural events have been scheduled, including exhibits, performances, concerts and debates in the Centre-Val de Loire region, the second most-visited in France, after Paris.
It was in this green valley on the rivers of the Loire, a UNESCO world heritage site, that the Renaissance master moved in 1516.
Tuscan genius was invited by King Francis I and took with him masterworks like Mona Lisa and St John the Baptist, which are today part of the Louvre collection.
Leonardo died at the chateau du Clos-Lucé in Amboise on May 2, 1519, where he is buried.
Venice Governor Luca Zaia reports billion euro damages the storms and floods have caused to one of the most famous touristic sites in the world.
The similar problems accrued in Liguria region, where hundreds of yachts were smashed into pieces at Rapallo marina harbor. However today the majority of museums reopened.
A several times during winter strong winds move water from the Adriatic Sea into the Venetian Lagoon, causing high tides and minor but widespread flooding across the historic site, however this time the water levels were extraordinary high.
So far half a million euro was dispatched as relief fund in Tuscany.
The experts of the Ministry of culture started to assess the presumed damage to the mosaic 12th century flooring of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, submerged by an unusually high ‘acqua alta’ – the floods were the most damaging in a decade.