Ponza is the place to go if you are looking for amazing beaches in a quite and very relaxing environment, away from the most touristy spots.
Ponza is the largest of the Pontine Islands, an attractive archipelago off the Italian coast between Rome and Naples. With blue waters and a striking hilly landscape, the island is loved by regular visitors who attempt to keep its charms a secret.
Flying to Rome, Ponza is only a couple of hours from the Eternal City: you can catch a train to Anzio and then a 70 minute ferry ride on the high-speed boat.
And this island has quite a rich history; Nero Caeser was deported to the island back in AD 29 along with his sisters, and ruins of their homes are still visible there. Some scholars even suspect that Ponza is the island of Aeaea in Homer's Odyssey, where Circe, the sorceress, lived in winter months.
Boat trips enable visitors to explore the other Pontine Islands, including the nature reserve of Zannone. Along the shore you can see the Grotte di Pilato, three caves where the Romans dug fishpools to raise their seafood supper. Underwater there are wrecks to discover, while ashore there are mule-tracks to wander, and ruins to visit, including the remains of a Roman port at Santa Maria, and a Roman necropolis.
Ponza's most popular beach is Chiaia di Luna, a long crescent of sand under high cliffs accessible by foot from the port. Towards the other end of the island, near Le Forna, are the Piscine Naturali, lovely natural pools ideal for bathing and enjoying the sunshine.
A bus service runs the length of the island, connecting the port and Le Forna. Water taxis will also take you around the island to coves and beaches
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