The Island of Tino is a military space that is usually closed to visitors. But every year in September, in occasion of San Venerio Festival, it opens its frontiers to the public. San Venerio was a hermit monk in the monastery that once existed on Tino Island. On dark nights, he used to light up a bonfire to help traveling ships to orientate themselves in the Gulf of Poets. He was born on Palmaria Island in 560 circa, and died on Isola del Tino in 630. Today, he is Patron Saint of the Bay of La Spezia and Protector of marine lighthouses.
Tino Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Portovenere, the islands of Palmaria and Tinetto, and Cinque Terre.
San Venerio 2017 Dates
San Venerio is celebrated on 13 September of every year. In 2017, the Festival will honor the patron saint on three different days: 13, 16 and 17 September.
On 13 September, at 11:00 there will be a solemn mass, followed at 12:15 by the Angelus and the blessing of the boats. You will be able to visit the island, but not its lighthouse and the Museo dei Fari (Lighthouse Museum).
On 16 and 17 September, you can visit the island as well as the museum and the lighthouse from 9:30 to 17:30.
Access to Tino Island and the visit to the lighthouse are free of charge, and no reservation is required.
How to reach Tino Island
Boats for Tino Island will depart at the following times:
- From Portovenere at 10.00 – 11.00- 12.00 – 14.00 – 15.00 with returns at 11.15- 12.15 – 14.15 – 15.15 – 16.20 – 17.00 [roundtrip costs 8euro for adults and 5euro for children between 6 and 11 years old].
- From La Spezia (embark on Viale Italia) 9.10 – 10.20 – 11.30 – 14.00 – 15.15 with returns at 10.50 – 12.00 – 14.30 – 16.00 – 17.30 [roundtrip costs 12euro for adults and 8euro for children between 6 and 11 years old].
If you are traveling with a large group of at least 20 people, you can book the boat ride by calling 0187 732987 and 0187 777727.
Celebrate San Venerio with a special Tasting Menu
In occasion of San Venerio Festival, Palmaria Restaurant in Portovenere proposes a special tasting menu valid on 15 – 16 – 17 September 2017.
SAN VENERIO MENU
15-16-17 September 2017
Raw Bass with taggiasche olives and tomatoes
Trofie pasta with pesto and clams
Cod with squid ink and polenta
For information and reservations, please contact Palmaria Restaurant:
Tel +39 0187 777 751