We just returned from a beautiful, but way too short, holiday on Ponza Island. My husband and I were desperate to take a break from being parents, so when my mother in Law offered to stay with the baby, we packed our bags pretty quickly!
Ponza Island is located west of Terracina (between Rome & Naples). There are regular fast boats from Terracina, or for those that want to take their cars or scooters, it is possible to take the less expensive, slow ferry boat as well. Upon arriving on the island, you enter on the port side of the island. There is a small beachfront here along a boardwalk that is filled with tourist shops, restaurants and cafes. One street over from the boardwalk is Via Nuova that runs parallel to the boardwalk where you can find some beautiful boutique stores with speciality items that are made there on the island.
To navigate around the island is best by scooter or by rental car. There are also frequent bus and taxi boat service to the other areas of the island, but we found these to be a little less exciting. We really wanted to be free from schedules so we rented a scooter for our time there. After getting settled in, we took a long ride around the island on the only major road that will take you to the nothern side of the island where there are several "Piscine Naturali", natural swimming pools. Our favorite was in Le Forna. You have a steep walk up & down the side of the cliff, along partial stairways, and partial rockways to arrive to the pools. The water and views are absolutely breathtaking once you do it though!
We found the people, service and food to be wonderful. Every meal we had was delicious and fresh from that day. For anyone that enjoys small fishing villages.....Ponza is for you. For us, the getaway was extremely theraputic because the weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny & warm during the day with cool breezes in the evening. There is a true sense of tranquility here for anyone that is looking for a taste of R&R. We went in early June, but it's our understanding that from the mid- June to mid-August the island is jam-packed with Italian tourists.
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