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A plunge in the Protected Marine Area of Portovenere

The Regional Nature Park of Portovenere features a Protected Marine Area that includes the southwestern side of Palmaria Island, the small islands of Tino and Tinetto, and the Posidonia seabed in the “Bocche” channel that separates the largest island from the mainland.   Underwater paradise Sheer rocky cliffs, shoals and caves characterize the area, offering […]

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Portovenere lights up for the White Madonna, image by italianpix

Portovenere’s “White Madonna” torchlight procession

Every year, on the 17th of August, Portovenere celebrates its local Patron Saint called White Madonna (Madonna Bianca). During the festival, the entire fishing village is lit up with over 2000 roman torches, including Byron’s Grotto and the rocky spur of Punta San Pietro. A traditional procession carrying the icon of the Virgin Mary takes […]

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