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Palmarola and the Pontine Islands.
Location Tyrrhenian Sea
Archipelago Pontine Islands
Population 0

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.

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. A few small beaches exist.

The famous French explorer and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau appointed Palmarola as "The most Beautiful Island in the Mediterranean Sea"[1]

Pope Silverius was exiled to and died on Palmarola in 537.

Points of interest[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Palmarola, al di là delle terre abitate". Sito ufficiale del turismo in Italia (in Italian). 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 

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Coordinates: 40°56′13″N 12°51′29″E / 40.937°N 12.858°E / 40.937; 12.858