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Do you know Ponza? Where is it?
Ponza is the largest of the Pontine Islands, the string of tiny islands located off the coast of the Lazio region in Italy.
Ponza is a popular summer vacation destination for Italians, especially Romans, and Neapolitans, as Rome and Naples are only a short drive and ferry ride away. Known by some as "Capri without the tourists," Ponza is a worthy vacation destination for travelers who want to experience summer the Italian way, basking in the beauty of the Mediterranean.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF PONZA?
Ponza is a beautiful island located off the coast of Italy. Its history is rich and diverse, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Neolithic era. The island has been inhabited by various groups throughout history, including the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans. In the Middle Ages, it was a target for numerous invasions and pirate attacks but eventually became part of the Kingdom of Naples.
Today, Ponza is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and charming architecture. Visitors can explore the island's numerous archaeological sites, sample delicious local cuisine, and soak up the Mediterranean sun.
WHAT IS PONZA LIKE?
Ponza sounds like a lovely place to visit! I appreciate that it has a rich history and that tourists do not overrun it. It's always lovely to see a home with a small-town atmosphere. The cliffs and clear water sound stunning, and I would love to explore the island's archaeological sites and try some of the local cuisines. It sounds like an excellent destination for a relaxing getaway.
Ponza is the perfect place to visit during the summer months! With temperatures in the mid-20s and a refreshing sea breeze, it's no wonder that tourists from all over Italy flock to this charming island.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN PONZA?
Italian vacationers travel to Ponza to relax by the Tyrrhenian seaside, enjoying the countless beautiful beaches perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and boating. The Cala Feola beach can be reached on foot from the island and features many “Piscine Naturali,” natural seawater pools for swimming and sunbathing.
Spiaggia Di Frontone is another popular swimming location and is usually one of the island's most crowded, lively beaches. In the evening, a hired DJ transforms Frontone into an open-air disco. Prepare for a steep walk to the beach if you aren’t arriving by boat. One of the most popular beaches in Ponza, Chiaia di Luna, has been closed for a few years due to safety hazards. However, visitors can still enjoy the beach from a distance--the area above the beach offers breathtaking views of the sea and the island coast.
There are numerous other beaches to explore in Ponza, but many require boat access. Tourists can pay for a boat tour of the island or rent a boat from one of the various rental services at the Ponza port. For boat visitors, explore the other Pontine Islands, such as Palmarola and Santo Stefano. Sail around the Arco Naturale, an arch-shaped geological formation close to the Ponza coast. Adventurous history buffs will enjoy exploring the Grotte di Pilato, the complex network of tunnels dug into Ponza’s cliffs that dates back to Roman times. When you need a break from basking in the sun, wander through the picturesque streets of the Centro Storico (historic center)—the sunrise-colored buildings in the Centro Storico house fresh markets, artisan boutiques, and traditional seafood restaurants. Stop at La Chiesa dei Santi Silverio e Domitilla, the most celebrated church on the island, or explore the Roman Cisterns on Via Dragonara. Grab a bite at Monte Guardia Trattoria on the island’s highest summit.
HOW CAN I GET TO PONZA?
To get to Ponza from Rome, take a train from the Roma Termini station to the Anzio Colonia station. The train ride lasts an hour and costs less than 5 euro one way. From the station, walk a short distance to the Anzio port, where you can take a ferry or hydrofoil to Ponza. Another option is to drive or hire a private car to go directly to the Anzio port. The ferry ride From the port is around an hour and a half, costing roughly 50 euro. To get to Ponza from Naples, a direct ferry leaves from the Naples port. It operates only a few times per week, so be sure to arrive on time. The trip lasts three hours and costs around 50 euro. Alternatively, take a one-hour train from the Napoli Centrale station to the Formia-Gaeta station and catch a ferry from the Formia port. The ferry ride lasts between an hour and a half to two hours and costs between 80 and 100 euro.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.