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How to get here

To reach Ponza Island, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, you can follow different routes depending on your starting location and travel preferences.

Ferry from Formia
The most common way to reach Ponza is to take a ferry from Formia, a coastal town located south of Rome. The locations offers direct ferry services to Ponza Island. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the type of ferry chosen and marine conditions.

From Roma Termini train station, IC trains and regional trains depart about every hour; ICs take about 70 minutes, regional trains about 90 minutes.
From Naples Central train station IC trains and regional trains depart about every hour, ICs take about 50 minutes instead regional trains take about 75 minutes.

Local public transportation:
Once you arrive in Ponza, you can travel around the island using public transportation services such as buses and cabs. However, the island is quite small and many people prefer to explore it on foot or rent a scooter or car.

Before planning your trip, it is always advisable to check ferry schedules and availability, these vary from season to season:

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About Ponza

A laboratory of geologic activity that began 200 million years ago (Jurassic) with submarine eruptions that caused a large platform to emerge. This activity lasted until 1.2 million years ago (Quaternary). Since then the phase of erosion and slow decomposition under the action of glaciations, earthquakes, sea, winds, and rains began. This is the geological activity that still puts on a spectacle there and manifests itself with full force. It is a spectacle made of friable and variegated rocks, veins of lava flows, and intersecting deposits of various kinds, but also made of deep sand deposits composed of obsidian granules, perlite, and quartz, moved by the winds between 80,000 and 50,000 years ago.

The coasts are made up of cliffs of various kinds: very steep walls 50 to 100 meters high, and uneven rocks consisting of various, poorly amalgamated, colorful inserts of different, disuniform materials in danger of collapse. The most spectacular are the white limestone walls with splashes of brown tuff forming small terraces carved by the wind. Other parts dark and uniform separated by dykes and veins. It is a continuous alternation of caves, stacks, rocks and islets, natural arches and pools, all created by the erosion of tuffaceous coverings on the tortuous paths of harder lava rocks below. The colors range from white to brown to black, seemingly without a pattern traceable to any logic. The white is limestone rock, the light brown and gray is tuff, the dark brown is lava rock, the shiny black one is obsidian. It is like watching a movie in reverse, where instead of the flows and skyward launches of ancient eruptions, we see the dismemberments and erosions. It is the surrender to the gravitational field that would like everything well leveled. Everything here is in danger of collapse.

The greatest intensity of erosion and collapse occurred during an ice age around 180,000 years ago, but even today we can see clear signs of continued reshaping. 

The deep blue sea creates a contrast that amazes us, as in the case of White Point, which is a large white Ignimbrite boulder that has a characteristic protrusion out of the water, or like the natural Arch of brown trachytic rock that has survived millennia of erosion.

The municipality of Ponza is located on the island of the same name, which belongs to the Pontine (or Ponziane) archipelago along with the smaller islands of Gavi, Zannone, Palmarola, Ventotene and Santo Stefano. The island of Ponza is located in the Gulf of Gaeta in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 18 miles south of Capo Circeo, and stretches from Faraglione La Guardia in the south to Punta dell’Incenso in the northeast, which overlooks the neighboring island of Gavi, separated from Ponza by an arm of sea only 120 meters.

The municipality has about 3,000 inhabitants and includes the hamlets of Guarini, Giancos, I Conti, Santa Maria, Campo Inglese and Le Forna.

The island is almost completely mountainous, and its coastline is rugged and rocky.

The island’s main activities are fishing and tourism, since Ponza is a particularly popular tourist destination in the summer months. Ponza is visited by many divers because of its beautiful seabed.

To See: “Chiaia di Luna” is a small beach facing west and surrounded by a very high white tufa wall overlooking the sea. In ancient times a Greek port was located on this beach.

Also worth seeing are the Cliffs and the Faraglioni of Lucia Rosa. 

Gastronomy and Wines: The characteristic cuisine of Ponza is mainly based on fish: lobster, spider crab, grouper, dentex, amberjack, swordfish. A typical recipe includes calamari ripieni alla ponzese: squid, eggs, pine nuts, raisins, parmesan cheese, garlic clove and chopped parsley.