Tino (island)

Coordinates: 44°01′38″N 9°51′02″E / 44.02722°N 9.85056°E / 44.02722; 9.85056
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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameIsola del Tino
LocationPorto Venere, Province of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Part ofPortovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
CriteriaCultural: (ii)(iv)(v)
Inscription1997 (21st Session)
Area13.31 ha (32.9 acres)
Coordinates44°01′38″N 9°51′02″E / 44.02722°N 9.85056°E / 44.02722; 9.85056
Tino (island) is located in Liguria
Tino (island)
Location of Tino in Liguria
Tino (island) is located in Italy
Tino (island)
Tino (island) (Italy)
Location of the province of La Spezia

Tino is an Italian island situated in the Ligurian Sea, at the westernmost end of the Gulf of La Spezia. It is part of an archipelago of three closely spaced islands jutting out south from the mainland at Portovenere. The largest of the three, Palmaria, lies to the north and the tiny Tinetto to the south.

In 1997, the archipelago, together with Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


The patron saint of the Gulf of La Spezia, Saint Venerius (Italian: San Venerio), is said to have lived on the island as a hermit, and later as abbot, until his death in 630.[1] His feast is celebrated here annually on 13 September. It is thought that a sanctuary was constructed at the place of Venerio's death to contain his remains and that this was extended to form a monastery in eleventh century. The remains of the monastery can be seen on the northern coast of the island.

Today the island, which is part of a military zone, is surmounted by the San Venerio Lighthouse.

In popular culture[edit]

The Isola del Mare in the 2021 animated film Luca was inspired by Tino.[2]

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  1. ^ No reliable account exists of Venerius’ life. Some place it in the ninth century.
  2. ^ Casarosa, Enrico [@sketchcrawl] (June 26, 2021). "The Carta Marina inspired our map … We called the island in our movie Isola del Mare. It's inspired by Isola del Tino in front of Portovenere. #LucaWatchParty" (Tweet). Retrieved July 24, 2021 – via Twitter.


  • Much of this article is based its equivalent in the Italian Wikipedia, Tino, as retrieved on 29 April 2006.
  • Further information on Saint Venerius from The Book of Saints, London: A & C Black, 1989.