In front of Porto Venere, separated by a strait called "Le Bocche", shows up the Island Palmaria which today is a natural regional park.
It can easily be reached with the ferry boats which are in departure from the main docking of the Gulf, and it offers the tourist the possibility of wonderful walks in the middle of the evidences of the military's presence on the island (old prisons, the tower school, bunkers), rests from the Paleolithic, and panoramic parts from where you can see "the Tino", Lerici, Tellaro, Montemarcello and the Apuan Alps.
The main reason for the island's visit are the excursions, but in addition to this you have the possibility of swimming in a clear and clean sea.
Certainly interesting for tourists are: the rock of the "Tinetto" and the island of the "Tino", separated from the Island Palmaria by a narrow channel.
On the top stands the lighthouse which indicates to the navigators that they are close to the Gulf. You can put your feet on the ground of this island only on the day of S. Venerio, who stayed here during the last years of his life, as an hermit until his death in 630.