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Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 1997
Location: Europe, Italy, Liguria Region, Province of La Spezia
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Description: The Ligurian coast, sandwiched between Cinque Terre and Portovenere, is a cultural vista of great aesthetic and cultural significance. The layout and character of the small towns together with the molding of the surrounding landscape - representative of the residents overcoming the disadvantages of a vertical, uneven terrain - condense the region’s history of continuous human settlement over the past millennium. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Portovenere (sometimes, in English, Porto Venere) is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Portovenere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Cinque Terre are five coastal villages in the province of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Italy. They have come to be among the most popular areas of Italy among tourists. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all encapsulated in a national park by the same name. The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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