San Venerio Festival 2018 on Tino Island

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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.

Tino Island lighthouse, San Venerio Festival
The picturesque Lighthouse on Tino Island [photo from “Visita al faro del Tino e al museo dei Fari” – Stefano Gilli del Monte Event on Facebook]

San Venerio 2018 Dates

San Venerio is celebrated on 13 September of every year. In 2018, the Festival will honor the patron saint by allowing public visits on the island on 16 and 17 September.

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:

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September
Departures from La Spezia:
9.30 – 10.40 – 11.50 – 14.15 – 15.30
Returns from Tino Island to La Spezia:
11.10 – 12.20 – 14.45 – 16.10 – 18.00
[roundtrip Adults euro 12,00 – Children 6-11 years old euro 8,00]

Saturday 15 e Sunday 16 September 
Departures from Portovenere:
9.45 – 11.15 – 12.30 – 14.15 – 15.30
Returns from Tino Island to Portovenere
10.00 – 11.30 – 12.45 – 14.30 – 15.45 – 17.45
[roundtrip Adults euro euro 8,00 – Children 6-11 years old euro 5,00]

Sunday 16 September
Departures from Lerici:
9.40 – 10.50 – 12.00 – 14.30
Returns from Tino Island to Lerici:
11.20 – 12.30 – 15.00 – 16.20 – 17.30
[roundtrip Adults euro 12,00 – Children 6-11 years old euro 8,00]

For more information visit www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it

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