Portovenere. In 1997 Portovenere, together with the islands of Palmaria, Tino, Tinetto and the Cinque Terre was included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy.
The town of Portovenere rises at the southern end of a peninsula which, detaching itself from the jagged coastline of the eastern Ligurian Riviera, forms the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia, also known as the “Gulf of Poets”. At the end of this peninsula there are three small islands: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto; only the island of Palmaria, which rises right in front of the village of Porto Venere beyond a narrow stretch of sea, is partially inhabited.
The beaches of the area are very well known, thanks to the crystalline water and the strong current of the Ligurian Sea, which suddenly reaches moderate depths near the coast. The beaches on the northwestern side of Palmaria Island are worthy of note, mentioned in the Blue Guide of the Italian Touring Club and Legambiente.
The Portovenere regional natural park, managed by the municipal office of the same name, stands on the ancient village of the town, on the cliff and on the islands of the archipelago.
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