Pontine Islands.The Pontine Islands are also known as the Ponziane. The archipel is located south of Roma to the west of Napels. The archipel consist from two groups of islands. Ponza, Palmarola, Zannone and Gavi to the north-west and Ventotene and Santo Stefano to the south-east. These two groups are separated by about 22 nautical miles. Ventotene could be described as the centre of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is also the halfway point between Ponza and Ischia, each 20 miles away. Ponza and Ventotene are populated, the smaller islands are not. Ponza and Ventotene have delightful ports and attractive villages with colourful houses and plenty of places to eat out and enjoy the fresh fish and seafood.
It is possible to sail to the Pontine Islands from Napels or from Roma. From here u can sail to these islands within a few hours. You can sail to the port in Ponza and sail to Ventotene the next day.
When the springs starts it’s worth it to get a yacht in the water and make the crossing to the Pontine islands. The islands will be turned green and when you get close to the island you can smell the fragrance of these special islands. Some people call Palmarola the pearl of the archipel, on this uninhabited island solitude, silence and emptiness come together, a complete wonder.
Ponza, one of the two inhabited island became one of the large circle of mediterranean tourism and became one of the big attraction. Where many places lose the character and identity in this proces, Ponza didn’t. The islands have a mild climate and beautiful nature and they are renowned for the variety of their coastlines. People who love to walk will enjoy the wonderful scenery of wild flowers, herbs, vines and prickly pear cactuses.
Great diving experience
Diving at Palmarola, the crystal waters reflect the shadows and lights of extraordinary rock formations, like those all around the island. As it is above the water so it is below, the caves, passageways and magical plays of light. Zannone it is the same, the underwater world reflects the reality on the surface. The Pontine islands are on of best locations for a magnificent diving experience in the mediterranean.
And still there is more to explore, in 1981 a wreck of a Roman Ceremonial vessel with it’s cargo was found under a cover of sand. Who knows, maybe you can find something special on the bottom of this special piece of ocean.