Venerio hermit soon becomes a reference for men seeking advice on sailing, aid in the stormy sea and their daily lives.
There are numerous stories not always easy to tell from the legend, which tell about the extraordinary generosity of Venerio, devoted to prayer and renunciation, a good hermit, but also to the hard-working maritime service, aimed at sailors. On nights of “black moon” Venerio lighted fires to light up the sea. And there are those who claim that the saint was the inventor of the Latin sail, that is, of the triangular sail that replaced the rectangular one because it allows the “wind up”. Indeed, it seems that the invention is much older, and it happened in Greece around the year 150 BC, but it is very likely that Venerio would promote it, perhaps because he had observed it by passing ships, such as a sail that allowed minor effort to “cling” when the wind is not in the stern.
Venerio worked was used to help men, cultivating where few managed, always looking for new ways to make sailing safer, and demonstrating it to sailors. In Portovenere he was venerated as a saint already in his lifetime, fame that Venerio refused, along with the gifts offered to him: the Saint was asking quite charity towards others, contributing to spread Christianity in the region.
The cult of San Venerio is closely linked to the maritime tradition of the boroughs of the Gulf of La Spezia, inhabited by experienced sailors and refined craftsmen.
San Venerio Monastery on the Tino Island
Saint Venerio died around the year 630 d. C. and was on his Tino. From his experience was then born a monastery of monks who continued his work, especially evangelical, towards the hinterland. The cult of the saint spread widely in the Middle Ages, so that the inhabitants of the Cinque Terre addressed the saint to protect them from the invaders of the sea, the Saracens.
In the sixties of the last century on the island of Tino, some excavation works revealed the “Tomb of the sail” which would witness the “discovery” of the modern sail by Venerio, the entire archaeological site is truly fascinating for beauty and historical importance.
San Venerio 2018, the day programme on Island of Tino and Portovenere
DEPARTURES FROM LA SPEZIA:
09:30 – 10:40 – 11:50 – 14:15 – 15:30
RETURN FROM ISLAND OF TINO TO LA SPEZIA:
11:10 – 12:20 – 14:45 – 16:10 – 18:00
Adults return ticket € 12,00 – Kids (6-11 ys) return € 8,00
DEPARTURES FROM PORTO VENERE
09:45 – 11:15 – 12:30 – 14:15 – 15:30
RETURN FROM ISLAND OF TINO TO PORTOVENERE
10:00 – 11:30 – 12:45 – 14:30 – 15:45 – 17:45
Adults return ticket € 8,00 – kids (6-11 ys) return € 5,00
DEPARTURES FROM LERICI
9:40 – 10:50 – 12:00 – 14:30
RETURN FROM ISLAND OF TINO TO LERICI
11:20 – 12:30 – 15:00 – 16:20 – 17:30
Adults return ticket € 13,00 – Kids (6-11 ys) return € 8,00