Italian environmental association Legambiente presented its annual ranking of ecological cities in Italy. This year the largest mega-cities of Italy, as expected, proved to be the outsiders. First places went to old towns predominantly in northern Italy, said Italian business weekly edition Il Sole 24 Ore.
Among the cleanest cities in Italy specialists of Legambiente called this year such well-known areas of tourism, as Bologna and Siena. Ancient Italian cities neighbor in the list with the settlements located in the region of the Dolomites. Dolomites mountain range due to its scenery is included into UNESCO World Heritage list. Two Italian cities that are located in the region of the Dolomites are honored to be represented in the top ten of the most environmentally friendly centers of Italy. It is Trento and Bolzano.
The cleanest cities in Italy in 2010 became Parma, Verbania resort on Lake Maggiore and Belluno.
The solemn ceremony, where were named the best of the best cities in Italy in terms of ecology was held in the famous Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Ecologists’ association of Legambiente, founded in 1980, has developed its own system of classification of cities on the basis of ecology. Annual ceremony of announcing of the best cities is held with the assistance of one of the largest business newspapers in Italy - Il Sole 24 Ore. In the rankings Legambiente uses such parameters as quality of public transport, quality of pedestrian areas, quality of sewage treatment, waste collection, etc.
It is worth noting that if on the top of the Legambiente rating stand mostly cities from the north of Italy, among the outsiders are the cities located in southern Italy. Most polluted in this year's version of Legambiente became the largest cities in Sicily - Palermo and Catania, as well as located in the Calabria the town of Crotone.
As for the Italian cities, they all failed to show decent results. Thus, the Italian fashion capital Milan in the ranking of environmentally friendly cities is on the 63th place, Rome - 75, Naples - 96. In all these cities was an increase in the level of pollution and decline of air quality.