Within the geopark there are some municipalities that have obtained the so-called " Bandiere arancioni (Orange Flag)" award. The idea of the “Bandiere arancioni” award was born in Liguria in 1998, with the intention of the Region to enhance the hinterland. The brand was then promoted throughout Italy and currently (data updated to January 2021) 227 localities have the award, nine of which lie within the geopark: Alagna, Cannero Riviera, Cannobio, Fobello, Malesco, Mergozzo, Santa Maria Maggiore, and Varallo e Vogogna.
As stated in the website www.bandierearancioni.it Bandiere arancioni is the quality mark for environmental tourism of the Italian Touring Club for small towns in the hinterland that stand out for their excellent offer and high quality hospitality.
Achieving the mark is based on different criteria, among which are enhancement of cultural heritage, protection of the environment, the culture of hospitality, access and usability of the resources, and the quality of accommodation, catering and typical products.
Recognition is time-limited and subject to maintenance of the requirements over time; verification takes place every three years with a timing set by TCI (Italian Touring Club) at national level, valid for all the Municipalities regardless of the year of recognition.
The Orange Flag is one of the tools with which the Italian Touring Club guarantees quality and hospitality for tourists and is an instrument of valorisation of the localities.
The Bandiere arancioni territorial program, consistent with the principles on which the TCI is founded, promotes the knowledge of little-known places of great value and stimulates the traveller to visit these places while savouring them, but at the same time taking care of them because they are precious.
Bandiere arancioni aims to stimulate social and economic growth through sustainable development of tourism
Parco Nazionale Val Grande
Ass. Sesia Valgrande Geopark