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The Pontine Islands, an archipelago located just off the coast of southern Lazio, has the brilliant and transparent turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
The picturesque towns of Ponza and Ventotene, situated on rocks that make contrast with the blue sky, lush vegetation fed by the fertile volcanic soil, have more than a reason to be visited.
The’main island, Ponza, just an hour by hydrofoil from Anzio is a short distance from Rome, it is an excellent destination for a day trip full, even better for a couple of nights.
The best times to visit the Pontine islands are every weekend from May to September, but the ideal is to go mid-week during the month of June, where you will find yourself in a paradise
without the crowds and confusion.
Ponza: It’s the main island where the town was built by the Bourbons in the 18th century, characterized by a maze of alleys to explore. There aren’t many sandy beaches, the ideal is to
take noleggo a gozzo (a small motor boat) and go in the many picturesque bays of the island where to do a swim in the cool blue waters surrounding the island.
Ventotene: The second island of the archipelago, Vetotene has had a long history as a place of exile; The island is small but very characteristic and well worth exploring.
Characteristic is the port that has remained largely untouched since Roman times.
How to get there:
Ponza – Take the train from Roma Termini to Anzio. Trains run twice an hour, take about an hour, and cost €3.20. From Anzio port, take the hydrofoil (aliscafo) to Ponza. www.vetor.it. The
journey takes 1 hour 10 minutes and it costs €27 one way.
Ventotene – Take the train from Roma Termini to Formia. Trains run two or three times an hour, take between 1 hour 10 mins, and 1 hour 30 mins and cost either €7.40 or €13.50. From Formia
port take either the fast ferry or the hydrofoil. Journey time is c.1 hour and it costs c. €18