Ponza is one of the most spectacular of all the Italian offshore islands, its busy harbour ringed with huge rock pinnacles and its shores dotted with impressive natural rock formations.
As you arrive with your boat, your eyes will be glued to the the green landscape, the fascinating rock incisions and the charming colors of the island’s characteristic port.
Ponza island was inhabited since the Neolithic era, but got its name during the Roman period, from the infamous governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. It lies along the West coast of Italy, almost exactly halfway between Rome and Naples, with connectivity to the mainland guaranteed by boat and ferry services.
Ancient colonizers of the island include the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, all of whom left their imprint on the landscape.
We had a fantastic apertivo and dinner with Anette and Mark, and a great view of the harbor! The best anchorage is on the west side of the bay. Anchor in 5.0 – 6.0 metres in mud. The anchorage is sheltered from all directions except NE to E.
With strong easterlies, Chiaia di Luna on the west side of the island offers better shelter. 40°53.620’N, 012°57.091’E
The island comes to life between June and September, when tourists flock from all over Italy to escape the Italian summer heat. Summer temperatures in Ponza usually hover around 25.5 C and rarely surpass 29 C. You can expect sunny weather with a side of sea breeze. In May Ponza has a relaxed, casual feel. Locals are known for being warm and welcoming.
During the reign of the Roman Empire, nobility built vacation villas on the island. When the Empire fell, the island was completely abandoned. It wasn’t repopulated until the 18th century, when the Bourbon Dynasty ruled over southern Italy.