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Palmarola and the Pontine Islands
LocationTyrrhenian Sea
Coordinates40°56′13″N 12°51′29″E / 40.937°N 12.858°E / 40.937; 12.858Coordinates: 40°56′13″N 12°51′29″E / 40.937°N 12.858°E / 40.937; 12.858
ArchipelagoPontine Islands

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. In antiquity it was known as Palmaria.[1]

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. Palmarola has a few small beaches.

The famous French explorer and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau appointed Palmarola as "The most Beautiful Island in the Mediterranean Sea"[2]

Pope Silverius was exiled to and died on Palmarola in 538.[3]

Points of interest

See also


  1. ^ Purcell, N. "Places: 433008 (Palmaria (island))". Pleiades. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Palmarola, al di là delle terre abitate". Sito ufficiale del turismo in Italia (in Italian). 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  3. ^ Richards 1979, p. 130.