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Then, starting from a depth from five to ten metres, close to the sandy seabed, there begins the kingdom of the Posidonia Oceanica. Its colonisation of the area is an important element not only for the scuba diver, but above all for the marine and geological world generally. This plant, with its leaves, tones down the force of the waves and, thus, has an important effect in defending the coasts from the phenomena of erosion. Its presence is also an important ecological indicator of the ideal level of saltiness of the water and of the state of health of the marine environment. The habitat of the Posidonia is a factory of life. The production of organic substances is continuous and constitutes a large attraction for thousands of fish. On the Portofino Promontory, this environment is, rightly, both protected and valued. The only form of hunting permitted is that of photographs. The walls of the cliffs are also of significant interest. This dimly lit environment provides a habitat where red coral flourishes, often sharing the rocky wall and the dark of the abysses with brilliantly coloured sponges, madrepores and other small invertebrates. It is not an exaggeration to say that here, nature has been particularly generous towards those who love underwater environments. It is a comfort to note that nature is repaying the efforts of preservation and recuperation with a significant repopulation of the sea.
The Slate - In the Tigullio, it is informally known as "lavagna", in fact, in past times, the stone of this name was transported from the town of the same name. Universally, however, it is known as ardesia (slate). An economy rotates around this gift of nature still today, but this slate has a history behind it as well as being linked to art. For Liguria, it is a symbol because it is only in this region, and more especially in the inland area of Tigullio, that the veins of black stone are to be found, concentrated in one valley, the Fontanabuona. From Orero to Cicagna, from Monleone to Lorsica and Verzi, there is a chain of mines of this "soft stone ", the moist and soft stone, sensitive to a breath of air which hardens it as it is being extracted. Slate has a history behind it: a history of "spacchin" which with mallet, chisel and a couple of well-placed blows would break the stone into slabs; a history of women who would descend the impraticable pathways bestrewn with black pebbles carrying enormous tiles on their heads; a history of medieval portals, churches decorated with strips of white marble and black slate, ancient vats for water and oil, the worn down steps and thresholds of houses.
Today, this history is told by the museum at Cicagna, the capital of the black stone. The stone is the result of a thousand year old sedimentation which has formed it into sheets and this is its important property. Slate has always been used for making "abbadini" the traditional tiles of Ligurian houses, as well as being used for floorings since it is dry and insulating, for billiard tables due to its elasticity and non-deformability and, nowadays, it is also used for making modern furnishings which are very popular abroad, particularly in the Far East. So today, the slate valley is the capital of the Tigullio in as far as technological and avant-garde enterprises are concerned which are strongly dedicated to exporting this Ligurian treasure to the rest of the world.
At Gulf of Tigullio, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.