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Italy - Orange Flag

Bandiera Arancione

Last modified: 2013-01-26 by rob raeside
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Bandiera Arancione

Orange flag, or at least a logo showing one at <www.touringclub.it/bandiere_arancioni> (site in Italian) . The idea is that an "Orange Flag" rewards a locality for its efforts in promoting quality tourism.  So in its own field it is an equivalent of the widely known "Blue Flag". The link "Scopri le località" leads to pages offering a short description of a municipality, coat of arms and photos.   What lacks (or what I have missed...) is evidence of the use of a real orange flag. So far, I've only found Italian examples but the idea has certainly international potential.
Jan Mertens, 5 November 2004

The site is still active and leads to a number of pages (in Italian) about the various aspects of this award including a clickable map of laureates.
Photo of a real flag is at <www.comune.casale-marittimo.pi.it>: White with narrow orange border, bearing the logo in the centre.  The logo itself consists of an orange swallowtail within an orange ring bearing the words ‘BANDIERA / ARANCIONE’ in purplish red. Large image of logo here.
Some (or all? details are not always clear) flags have a further orange rectangle placed centrally on the lower edge bearing the name ‘Touring Club Italiano’ in white beneath the TCI logo, in purplish red as seen at <www.comuneditoirano.it> and exemplified by <www.adidonato.it>, <www.bagnodiromagnaturismo.it> and <www.comune.santagatadipuglia.fg.it>.
A variant of the logo is used by the association of Orange Flag bearing places (Associazione del Paesi Bandiera Arancione): <www.barberinovaldelsa.net> and used on a white flag: <pic.viveresenigallia.it> with an explanation: ‘Marchio di qualità turistico ambientale per l'entroterra del Touring Club Italiano’ [Brand environmental quality tourist hinterland of the Italian Touring Club]. Site of this association, founded in 2002 (in Italian) at <www.paesiarancioni.it>.
Jan Mertens, 14 March 2008


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