Ponza Island Tours
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This island, sandwiched between Rome and Naples off Italy’s western coast, was long considered one of the Tyrrhenian Sea’s best-kept secrets. These days, however, the secret’s out: Visitors can’t stay away from Ponza’s dramatic coastal cliffs, crystal-clear water, and sea grottoes.
Part of of the Pontine Islands Archipelago, Ponza is famous for its blue grottoes, as well as its swimming- and snorkeling-friendly beaches (Chiaia di Luna, Cala Feola, and Frontone) and Piscine Naturali (saltwater pools formed by ancient volcanic activity). Cobblestone roads wind through a pretty town center that’s filled with charming shops and excellent restaurants, and colorful homes and villas dot the hills overlooking the sea.
The best way to see Ponza is from the Mediterranean; daylong boat tours usually include a cruise along the coastline to admire jagged cliffs, the Arco Naturale stone arch, and sea grottoes, plus free time to explore on land. Your excursion may also stop at Palmarola, a picturesque island nearby.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Boat tours may include beach towels and water-sports gear, but bring your own hat and sunblock.
- Some boats may be wheelchair accessible—always confirm ahead of time.
- Boat tours are family friendly; they’re a perfect way to spend the day with kids.
- Other popular island destinations along Italy's southern coast are Capri, Ischia, and Ventotene.
How to Get There
Ponza is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, 21 miles (34 kilometers) off the Italian coast. Ferries bound for the island leave from Naples, Terracina, Formia, and Anzio; you can also book a private boat tour.
When to Get There
Due to choppy seas and inclement weather, ferry and boat crossings are often suspended in winter. The best time to visit Ponza is between April and October.
Ponza is fabled to be the island home of the sorceress Circe, who makes an appearance in Homer’s The Odyssey.
Address: Ponza Island, Italy
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Ponza Island
Discover the stunning, secluded Mediterranean islands of Ponza and Palmarola during this full-day excursion from Rome. Highlights include a relaxing boat trip around the island with swimming and snorkeling stops (equipment provided), a tasty, onboard pasta lunch paired with white wine, and a visit to ancient, hand-carved Roman cisterns. Tours include comfortable, air-conditioned transportation from central Rome.
Enjoy a day trip from Rome to Ponza Island for a relaxing experience on the Tyrrhenian Sea. You’ll have plenty of time to swim as you take a boat cruise around the island, which includes lunch with pasta and wine. Then spend some free time exploring at your leisure. Admire the scenery of sea cliffs and caves, and learn about the island’s history, dating back to its connection to the Greek poet Homer. When booking, you have the option to include a mask and snorkel, if you wish.
Discover one of Italy’s off-the-beaten-track islands on a full-day cruise trip to Ponza from Anzio. Ride a ferry to Ponza, and enjoy a 5-hour shared round-island boat trip. Sail by rugged cliffs and bays, swim and snorkel around grottoes, relax on deck, and enjoy an onboard pasta lunch. Choose a round-trip tour including return to Anzio, or an open return to extend your stay in Ponza. Lunch, drinks, and ferry and boat trips included.
Frequently Asked Questions
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