Palmarola is a craggy, mostly uninhabited island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west coast of Italy. It is the second-largest of the Pontine Islands and located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west from Ponza. In antiquity it was known as Palmaria.[1]

Palmarola
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Palmarola and the Pontine Islands
Geography
LocationTyrrhenian Sea
Coordinates40°56′13″N 12°51′29″E / 40.937°N 12.858°E / 40.937; 12.858Coordinates: 40°56′13″N 12°51′29″E / 40.937°N 12.858°E / 40.937; 12.858
ArchipelagoPontine Islands
Administration
Italy
Demographics
Population0


Palmarola has an extremely rocky coast dotted with natural grottos, bays, cliffs, and crags. The island is primarily a nature reserve, but there are a handful of ports where boats can land and several restaurants that cater to tourists during the summer season. Palmarola has a few small beaches.

The famous French explorer and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau appointed Palmarola as "The most Beautiful Island in the Mediterranean Sea"[2]

Pope Silverius was exiled to and died on Palmarola in 538.[3]

Points of interestEdit

  • San Silverio Shrine, a site where miracles have been confirmed, access to the site is somewhat difficult.
  • Cava Mazzella, a natural cave

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Purcell, N. "Places: 433008 (Palmaria (island))". Pleiades. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Palmarola, al di là delle terre abitate". Sito ufficiale del turismo in Italia (in Italian). 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  3. ^ Richards 1979, p. 130.

BibliographyEdit

  • Richards, Jeffrey (1979). The Popes and the Papacy in the Early Middle Ages, 476–752. London; Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul. ASIN B01FIZI4RW.

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