Relax on a full-day excursion from Rome to Ponza Island with ample time to swim and shop. Swim in the azure sea, eat a fresh ‘mariner’s style pasta’ lunch, sip wine and then spend some spare time on the island. Learn about the history of the island and its connection to the Greek poet Homer. Upgrade your trip to include a snorkel and mask if you like.
In the early morning, make your way to the prearranged meeting point in central Rome to begin a fun-filled day at sea and on beautiful Ponza Island.After a trip to the dock in an air-conditioned vehicle board a ferry boat to Ponza Island and prepare to take in the beauty of the azure sea.On arrival, swap the ferry for a small boat. Meet your tour leader and captain, a native of Ponza, and listen to intriguing tales related to Ponza and its history as you set off on your cruise around the island.The boat makes several stops at the most beautiful bays and coves around the island where you'll have ample time to cool off and swim in the crystalline waters. Bob up and down in the sea, which turns a stunning transparent blue-green color near the island. Upgrade your tour to include snorkel equipment, or simply lay your towel down on the boat’s deck and enjoy the sun and the sea breeze. At lunchtime, the captain whips up a delicious marinara — literally ‘mariner’s style’ — pasta, served with bottled water and wine.At Ponza Island, 21 miles (34 km) off the coast, check out the many grottoes that dot the cliff sides. The most famous is the Grotto (sea cave) of Circe, named for the seducing sorceress of Homer’s Odyssey, who turned Odysseus’ men into animals. Spend some time exploring the island. Walk the narrow streets and pop into boutique shops around the port. The area might look familiar if you’ve seen Federico Fellini’s classic film Satyricon. At the end of the day, relax on the journey back to the mainland, where you’ll meet your air-conditioned vehicle for the ride back to central Rome.Your tour then concludes at the original start point.