Ponza Island, Italy: Volcanic Hideaway From The Crowds

Ponza is one of the most unique summertime destinations in the entire Mediterranean with its dramatic volcanic scenery; the craggy, vividly colored coastline punctuated by private coves and isolated beaches. This is a crescent-shaped island in the Tyrrhenian Sea and it is the largest of the Italian Pontine Islands Archipelago. It is a part of the Province of Latina in the Lazio region.

The best vantage point to appreciate its beauty is from the sea, and it looks both alluring and inviting.

It is a vista of serene blue water, sheer tuff cliffs that are bleached white by the sun and eroded by wind and water, and craggy brown rocks surrounded by stalagmites that rise from the sea.

The terraced slopes are carpeted with vineyards and bushes with yellow flowers. The largest settlement on the island is the sheltered port of the same name, which is called Porto by the locals.

Cala Fonte Beach, Ponza Island, Italy - It is a lovely rocky bay perfect to relax in the sun and enjoy the cristal clear water.Cala Fonte Beach, Ponza Island

The boxy pastel houses form a mosaic that traces around the two volcanic peaks and they rise steeply from the waterfront forming an amphitheater around the bay.

The Romans journey two hours to arrive at Porto of Ponza island, to escape the oppressive heat of the capital and to dine on fresh seafood. Even though it is a popular destination with people from the mainland, Porto retains its beauty as a simple fishing village.

A Little Bit Of History

Port of Ponza, Italy - Ponza is a beautiful island in the Tyrrhenian Sea and a popular tourist destination. Its port is in the city center and it is overlooked by the terraced slopes with colorful houses and vineyards.Port of Ponza

Legends have it that this island was named after Pontius Pilate.

The Etruscans were the first settlers here. During the Roman times it was used as a place of deportation and after the fall of the empire, during the Middle Ages the port was raided by Saracens and pirates. As the port could not be protected the inhabitants abandoned it.

It was reoccupied in 1734 when Porto was founded by Charles III of Spain. Le Forna, the island’s second village, was founded a few decades later and the inhabitants of Torre del Greco settled in it.

The island became a part of the Kingdom of Italy during the 19th century. Mussolini was held here for a few weeks after his arrest in 1943. This unique island is a popular location among filmmakers. Federico Fellini’s famous film Satyricon was filmed here in 1969.

Chiaia di Luna beach (Half Moon Beach), Ponza island, Italy - It is the beach surrounded by cliffs and accessible only by going through a Roman tunnel. It is one of the most popular beaches on the island.Chiaia di Luna beach (Half Moon Beach), Ponza island

The Feast of San Silverio, the patron saint of Ponza, is celebrated with processions and marching bands. The festival lights in the harbor add to the natural beauty of the town.

Where is Ponza?

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  • 83.2 miles/ 134 km from Rome, Italy
  • 109.3 miles/ 176 km from Naples, Italy
  • 130.4 miles/ 210 km from Capri, Italy
  • 132.3 miles/ 213 km from Sorrento, Italy
  • 252.2 miles/ 406 km from Bari, Italy
  • 88.8 miles/ 143 km from Rome Fiumicino Airport, Italy
  • 73.3 miles/ 118 km from Rome Ciampino Airport, Italy
  • 98.7 miles/ 159 km from Naples International Airport, Italy

Things to See

  • Archeological Remains
  • Pilates Grottoes
  • Faraglioni della Madonna
  • Chiaia di Luna
  • Giardino Botanico Ponziano
  • Grotta di Serpent

Beaches

  • Spiaggia di Sant’ Antonio
  • Chiaia di Luna
  • Spiaggia di Frontone

Excursions

  • Boat Tour
  • Palmarola
  • Piscine Naturali
  • La Punta di Capo Bianco
  • Arco Naturale O Spaccapolpi
  • Monte Guardia

Ponza is a unique and interesting island in the Tyrrhenian, and it gives you the real taste of Italy.

Visitors are enthralled by its laid-back atmosphere, lack of pretension and the raw, natural beauty.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!