Tales from Ponza – Part 1
Since I met my husband back in late 2004, he always wanted to take me to Ponza. He used to tell me that if I went to this island, I would not believe that such an amazing place was just 70 miles away from Rome. I always thought that in order to see beautiful Italian islands, I had to go all the way down to Amalfi Coast, Sardinia or Sicily.
Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west coast of Italy, Ponza is the largest of the “Isole Pontine” (Pontine Islands) archipelago. The other islands in the archipelago are Palmarola, Zannone, Gavi, Ventotene, and Santo Stefano.
Ponza is within the Province of Latina- the southernmost area in the Lazio Region – that borders the Campania Region. This bordering position “in between” these two regions gives Ponza a beautiful mixture of both Roman and Neapolitan cultures: you can see this in the slang, gastronomy, and lifestyle.
Ponza is the Romans getaway to relaxation (and I just needed it after a stressful week at work), but it is also a place to have fun and hang out with friends; not to mention that Ponza is a very romantic island, famous for its breathtaking sunsets, and beautiful secluded coves.
So where do I start? What pictures should I take? When I arrived, I wanted to take all the pictures I could. My husband stared at me like if I was a nutty tourist who just came out of a cave. In fact, after the trip, when I downloaded all the pictures from the camera and saw their sequence, it seemed like an old slow movie made of a series of pictures!! He kept telling me: “Calm down, you’ll have enough time to walk around the island. The first thing I want to do is show you Ponza’s stunning coves!” So off I go: out of the caves, into the coves!
On our way to our Bed and Breakfast walking down Ponza’s main street.
As we headed to our B&B, we came across some charming sidewalk cafes and bars where tourists (mostly domestic) were just hanging out and having some coffee or just getting some drinks before dinner.
As you can see from these pictures, Ponza’s buildings are mostly painted in pastel colors. The picture on the bottom left is a portrait of San Silverio, the Patron of Ponza. No wonder why in this island every 2 out 0f 5 guys are named Silverio!!!
I was fascinated by the colors of Ponza. It reminded me of a less touristy Amalfi Coast.
After going up all the stairs of Ponza, we finally arrived at La Limonaia (meaning Lemonary), our Bed and Breakfast (I guess it was worthwhile).
After all, what is a Bed and Breakfast without it’s “breakfast area”?
…and a breathtaking view of Ponza?
Our tiny but cozy room.
…and then we took a taxi boat to visit the most famous beach of Ponza, “Il Frontone”.
I was amazed at the crystal clear waters of the beach.
Il Frontone Beach is the hottest spot in Ponza since this is where the Ponza “movida” takes place, specially in the evening, when happy hour begins with the coolest lounge music.
To better appreciate the marvelous nature of the island, we rented a boat – for 40 euros a day – at the harbour. The next series of pictures need no description for they speak for themselves.