Trade along the shores of Ligurian Sea fostered growth of port cities. Three of them, Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi became medieval super powers fighting with Venice and among themselves for dominance of the Mediterranean. But wealth attracted pirates and people along the Ligurian coast had to find refuge in remote settlements, such as picturesque Cinque Terre
Alex J. Potocnik has completed a degree in Architecture at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and a graduate diploma of Animation and Interactive Multimedia at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Before returning to Melbourne in 2016, he was Associate Partner at the Ad Pirum Institute in Ljubljana where he was mainly involved in the protection of architectural heritage. During that period, he wrote a number of books and articles covering mostly history and heritage protection in Central Europe. He is currently completing post-graduate history studies at Monash University.