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The Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag in Italian) is a recognition of quality awarded by the Touring Club Italiano to small towns (population 15,000 or less) in Italy for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment.
This recognition was established in 1998 in Liguria, in response to a regional institution's demand to foster and promote the Italian hinterland. The Touring Club Italiano (TCI) developed an analytical model to identify the first towns recognized with the 'Bandiera Arancione'. Later the recognition was adopted on nationwide scale to identify sites of excellence in all regions of Italy.
This is the only Italian project of its kind to be listed by the World Tourism Organization among successful programs for the sustainable development of tourism around the world.
The main assessment criteria evaluated by the TCI for the award of the Bandiera Arancione are:
- use of local resources;
- culture of hospitality;
- fostering crafts and local products;
- encouraging local entrepreneurship;
- strengthening territorial identity.
- official website flags of the Italian Touring Club
- official website of the Association of Orange Flag Countries
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