We are in the Tyrrhenian Sea at the intersection of winds and tides that embraces two Italian regions and has been in the centuries of ships, battles, but also the home of illustrious poets and thinkers. Welcome to the Archipelago of the Pontine Islands.The archipelago consists of 6 islands: Ponza, Palmarola, Ventotene, Gavi, Zannone and Santo Stefano. The last three are composed of very few square kilometers and totally uninhabited. In the islands the passage of Roman domination is clear: from the enchanting excavations of Villa Giulia to Punta Eolo to Ventotene, to the Pilate Caves in Ponza. Absolutely unmissable!

Begin your holiday exploring the small Porto Borbonico of Ponza, the horseshoe shape will welcome you as a smiling hug, swarming with life, local craft shops and small fishermen’s shops, largely used today as to enjoy the best of local cuisine and excellent fresh fish.

Take the sea and start by going through the many coves and beaches of the island, which can only be reached by sea. One of the most affluent is Cala Gaetano, who with a few arms reaches the Punta dell’Ebreo. If you love romance, stop in front of Cala Core, a beach that is named after magma intrusion that has given the rock a heart-shaped design. Do not miss the equally amazing Emerald Grotto, the name is clearly due to the color of the sea that fills the bay, so beautiful to look like the earthly paradise. The most popular beach is the Chiaia di Luna which takes its name from the brightness of the cliff from which it is protected.

We have mentioned the Pilates Caves: this is a complex of tunnels dug in the rock along the coast, consisting of a central pool that seems to be a Roman murinaio, that is, a fish tank. Always at Ponza, if you love diving, you can very easily discover the submerged Isthmus of the Roman era that connected the center of Ponza with the nearby Zannone. A unique experience!

Other notable beaches are: The Old Bagno Bay, Cala Feola, The Fronton Beach, Cala Felce where lush vegetation reaches the sea. For a bit of magic visit the Cave of Maga Circe and, near the bow, in the middle of the sea, some rocks called the Ants, natural pools where to snorkel will be a fantastic discovery.

Move now to just 3 kms of Ventotene, the island that gave birth to the concept of Europe United. It is on this island that between 1941 and 1943 an anti-fascist intellectual group was confined to writing the “Free and united Europe Document” now known as the “Ventotene Manifesto”. Only by visiting it you can understand why this place has inspired so great ideals. It is an island that with its glimpses and immensity of colors, leads to contemplation.

But Ventotene is obviously a sea too! Circumnavigating the coast moored in the coves of Cala Battaglia: black sand on one side and emerald sea on the other. Then you arrive at Parata, which is great along the northwest coast of the island. There are steep cliffs overlooking the sea surrounded by ever-clear waters. Stop in the Saline area, near the old harbor, in fact, the remains of ancient Roman salt pans. Curiosa is the cove of La Parata della Postina composed of pebbles and tufa arches. Finally do not miss the experience of having a bath near the Lighthouse. It will complete the experience of this trip.

These islands, despite fame and tourism, still retain the charm of a small fishing village as Eugenio Montale described it. The impression is almost as if they are in the eyes of the distracted tourist, but if you know how to taste its magic, the whole echo of its history will be a journey you will not forget anymore.

N.B: Red names are names of places or specific places and should not be translated. The words in blue are for future links.

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