Portovenere Things to see, islands and caves in the natural park

What to see in Portovenere, visit the village and the nearby islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto caves in the natural park of Liguria.

Where is Portovenere

This ancient Ligurian village is located at the tip of the southern Pensisola representing the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia. At the end of this peninsula there are three islands fall within the park portovenere namely the Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.

The Regional Natural Park of Porto Venere is a natural park in the province of La Spezia in Liguria, which covers the historic center of Porto Venere, the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto and the coastal strip which extends from the village of Porto Venere to Albana Valley, including the stretch of sea that stretches from Porto Venere channel, along the southwest coast of the island of Palmaria and the sea surrounding the islands of Tino and Tinetto. This area, along with the natural park of the Cinque Terre, is part of the World Heritage of Humanity ‘by UNESCO. Portovenere is a colorful village houses, built in the first half ‘of the twelfth century by the Genoese.

What to see in Portovenere

At this time the construction of the first castle, the Church of San Lorenzo and the new village, together with the walls that starting from the Church of San Pietro enclosed the old village and the new one. In the fifteenth century, the old village, which was located in the space now occupied by the square Spallanzani, was destroyed. On the rocky promontory you can admire the Church of San Pietro, built between 1256 and 1277, out of gratitude for the victory over the Pisani, on the ruins of a paleo-Christian church, itself built on a pagan temple dedicated to Venus , from which the village takes its name.

Isola Palmaria
From this charming village is easy to reach the island of Palmaria, whose historical events are linked to it. The island offers the opportunity ‘to cross paths surrounded by variety’ of Mediterranean vegetation present on its eastern side, while the western side is characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea. A network of paths leading to the culmination of the island from where you can ‘enjoy the unique panorama. The island has the prized black marble from yellow veins, whose extractions were decommissioned, as well as numerous caves and karst cavities. La Grotta dei Colombi is the most popular, is located on a vertical cliff about 30 meters above sea level, frequented in prehistoric times. Very nice is also the Blue Grotto, visited with a small boat. Palmaria The name probably originates from the term Balma which means cave.

Islands of Tino and Tinetto
The islands Tino and Tinetto are under the jurisdiction of the Navy therefore are not always accessible. On the island of Tino, characterized by high walls of white rock overhanging the sea and lush vegetation, are the remains of ‘Abbey of San Venerio, of the eleventh century, abandoned by the monks in the fifteenth century, because of the frequent incursions Saracens. The island is separated from the island of Tino Tinetto by some semi submerged rocks, is almost devoid of vegetation, except for some Mediterranean shrub. Even on this island there are the ruins of ancient monastic settlements.