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Monte di Portofino
Genoa
The huge block of pudding-stone in Portofino Promontory forms the northernmost coastal Protected Area in the Western Mediterranean Sea which lies among fresh Apennine woods and the warm Mediterranean maquis, among chestnut tree woods and olive groves, farming and sea traditions. The Park was established in 1935. It houses one of the largest floristic concentrations in the Mediterranean area, a considerable variety of birds and invertebrates, important architectonic elements, and the best-known scenario in the world. The seabed preserves the whole range of the sea biocenosis of the upper Tyrrhenian Sea.
Parco di Portofino offers a global view of the Ligurian coast both from a naturalistic and a historical-anthropological point of view. The present aspect of the territory is the result of an original coevolution between nature and human activity which has led to the creation of a surprising variety of biological systems and habitats but also to a specific "material" culture (the confluence of sea, olive, and chestnut civilization).
A very thick network of paths crosses wild habitats, rural settlements, and sea villages rich in art and history and offers landscapes which have become part of the Mediterranean visual legend.
The Protected Area (1200 ha) is surrounded by a frame-area of about 3400 hectares. The Park territory reaches the Municipalities of Recco, Camogli, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Zoagli, and Chiavari.

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