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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 11:31

Ponza Island

Visiting the typical touristic hubs in the Regions of Lazio or Campania and want to make a quick getaway to an island paradise? You may be surprised to know that not far from Rome and Naples lie six tiny, yet beautiful islands known as the Pontines. 
Those in the know (and near the Tyrrhenian) make these Islands their spring/summer weekend destination, and who could blame them? 
The transparent waters, the gracious little ports, and the easy ferry connections make these “fishermen’s isles” an attainable Mediterranean dream: within just a couple hours from the coast, the Pontine Islands will be welcoming you with all their warmth and hospitality.
PonzaThe Pontines make up an archipelago: individually they are Gavi, Zannone, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano and, the first among equals, Ponza, from which the island chain takes its name. Of course these magnificent isles boast a well-developed touristic structure, but it is really the sea, the nature, and the landscape that attract visitors most.

Ponza is the most frequented of the islands – a mere 3.1 square miles of terrain, it is a concentration of both rocky and sandy beaches, natural arches, faraglioni or sea-stacks, pristine waters, romantic coves and landfalls for mooring, and magnificent, hilly scenery. 
But it is also concentrations of tiny, rambling streets, artisan workshops and typical restaurants and cafes buzzing with tourists each evening. Some houses sport slightly-barrel vaulted roofs and some sit right on the port and shine like the sun with their bright, pastel colors. 
Upon coming here, any sea lover immediately understands that the Pontine Islands are the ideal vacation setting. Numerous beaches and tiny harbors define the coast of Ponza alone: the most famous is Chiaia di Luna, marked by abundant sand and rocky bluffs in ethereal tones of white, yellow and, almost as if reflecting the sea, a rare blue-green. Not to be forgotten is the beach of Lucia Rosa, where seaside revelers and romantics flock to watch the sunset; Fèola Cove, with its natural shallow pools; and Frontone Beach, happening spot that many reach in the smallest of boats to enjoy early-evening aperitivo. 
With not only beaches to offer, the Pontine Islands hold much more under the surface: marine landscapes at which scuba divers and snorkelers will absolutely marvel. They will find an underwater isthmus connecting Ponza to its neighboring isle of Zannone, and deep and variegated seabeds bearing such relics as ancient Roman ships and sunken World War II steamship remnants.

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