enjoy a day journey from rome to ponza island for a restful experience on the tyrrhenian sea. you’ll have plenty of time to swim as you take a boat cruise at the island, which includes pasta with wine for meal. then spend some free time exploring at your leisure. admire the scenery of sea cliffs and caves, and learn about the island’s history, dating back to its connection to the greek poet homer. when booking, you have the option to include a mask and snorkel, if you wish.
your day journey from rome starts as you leave the city by air-conditioned car for the drive to the coast, where you’ll hop aboard a ferry for the ride across the tyrrhenian sea to ponza island, located 21 miles (34 km) offshore. when you arrive, trade the ferry boat for a converted fishing boat, on which you’ll enjoy a cruise at the island with your captain, an island native, as well as other italians visiting ponza.
hear interesting stories about the italian island and its history between stops at some of its most beautiful coves and bays, where you’ll have lots of time to jump in the water for refreshing dips. a swimmer’s paradise, ponza offers idyllic locations where you can swim and admire the way the water’s color varies between shades of blue and light green. go snorkeling, if you wish (you may include equipment rental when booking), or just lay your towel on the boat deck to work on your tan.
you’ll enjoy meal on the boat whipped up by your captain, who prepares a fresh pasta marinara (mariner’s style), served with wine and bottled water. check out some of the many grottos (sea caves) sprinkled along the cliffs, the best known of which is circe, named after the sorceress from homer’s odyssey. (the specific grottos you visit depend on the daily sea conditions.)
after the boat cruise, enjoy free time on the island to search its narrow streets on your own, maybe shopping for gifts in one of the boutiques near the port, if you wish. when your time on ponza ends, return to the mainland, and then hop in your trip car for the drive back to rome, where your day journey concludes.
total travel time between boat and bus is 2.5 to 3 hours going, and the same for coming back.