The rock cathedral in Palmarola

Palmarola, Isole Pontine, Latina

In Palmarola, there is a cathedral made of rocks jutting out from the sea to the sky, like gothic spires. A majestic building that hides mysterious grottos in the shadow of ogival stone arches.

Palmarola is the smallest of the six Pontine Islands, the Tyrrhenian archipelago in the province of Latina (the other five are Ponza, Zannone, Gavi, Ventotene and Santo Stefano).

It is named after the wild “palmettos” that grow on the island. The loneliness that long inhabited it has created a magic, enchanted land, with white cliffs and beaches reminiscent of Polynesia.

It is almost completely bare of human buildings, except for a small chapel on a rock right in front of it, dedicated to Pope Silverius, who according to tradition died in exile on the island.

Some of the seven beautiful, half-hidden caves in the rock cathedral can be visited by boat. The rest of these mysterious dark crypts are home to night birds, and you can explore them by swimming into them with torches.

©roberto, ©Gianluca Giunta, ©MarcoTesta, ©Zoltan Bartalis

July 7, 2016

The rock cathedral in Palmarola