Island of Palmarola
Palmarola is the westernmost of the archipelago and third by size.
Folco Quilici, famous Italian documentarist and writer, active in the naturalistic disclosure, fell in love with this corner of paradise and he used to consider it among the most beautiful islands in the world.
Arriving from the island of Ponza, the first stop is Cala Brigantina, so called because over the centuries, mainly in the eighteenth century, it was used by boats that sailed these waters as a strategic point to ambush, hiding right behind the rock of Suace that this bay predominates.
This rock of a whitish and elongated shape takes its name from a fish belonging to the sole family.
The eastern side of the island is characterized by a passage of considerable geological interest where it is possible to notice the stratification of the rock and the lava flows. The spike of rock that dominates the area is called Forcina because it is similar to a tool used in fishing to set sail nets.
The northernmost part, called Punta Tramontana, is the richest area of dwarf palms, a plant from which the island takes its name, and which the ancient Romans used to call Palmaria.
The dwarf palm is a plant native to northern Africa and has arrived in this area due to the migration of birds to northern Europe.
Here there is a small pebble beach called “Vricci”, important because it is a further point of access to the upper part of the island
Not too far from the beach there is “Lo Spalmaturo”, a rock that owes its name to its shape similar to a brush that was used to cover the bottom of the boats with tar in the construction phase in order to make them waterproof
The northern part of the island of Palmarola, called Cathedrals, is a place that stands out for its grandeur and is characterized by a coastline that juts out from the sea into the sky just like Gothic spiers.
In this area there are seven half-hidden caves that can be partially visited with small boats. The rest of the dark body of the mysterious crypts, a night bird hotel, can be explored by swimming, with the help of torches.
Along the western coast of the island of Palmarola, after Punta Tramontana, we find “i Piatti”, a group of rocks that takes its name from the flattened shape.
On the west side, in front of Cala del Porto, there are some very particular rocks, spotted with obsidian, and called “le galere” or “nassone” rocks. The particular inlets of these stacks were used by fishermen as a place of lobster preservation.
Cala del Porto is the only safe harbor on the island. On this side there are the cave dwellings carved into the rock by the first settlers who, at certain times of the year, used to inhabit the island to devote themselves to cultivation and fishing.
To the left of the beach, on the coast, there is a vein of black rock, obsidian, a particular volcanic rock, also called volcanic glass, present only on the island of Palmarola and the Aeolian islands.
Ancient populations used this material for the construction of tools and weapons.
In Palmarola Pope Silverio was exiled and died, patron saint of the island of Ponza. On its summit the rock of San Silverio hosts a small chapel built in honor of the martyr pope.
The first Sunday of June is customary to celebrate a mass just on these rocks as an introduction to the patron saint’s day of June 20th
The large rocks that emerge in the southern waters of the island of Palmarola are called mid-sea Faraglioni because of their position. The largest stack has a cove about 20 meters high, a passage called “midday cave”, which can be crossed with small boats. Undoubtedly one of the most suggestive points of the island.