Highlights / General details
While the beaches near Rome are nothing to get excited about – Ponza Island, a tiny, hidden Mediterranean island paradise just a few hours from Rome is everything you imagined and more. Your day starts early, but you'll soon be rewarded for the effort. After checking in at our central office near the Colosseum, we'll board our comfortable air conditioned bus for a quick and easy transfer to our departure port where we'll catch the fast boat directly to Ponza Island.
After some free time on the island to explore and have breakfast, we'll board the boat we'll be calling home for the day. You'll be greeted warmly by the captain and crew who will be leading our exploration of the Pontine Islands of Ponza and, weather permitting - Palmarola. Depending on the wind and the sea, stops will differ from day to day but your boat tour is sure to include breathtakingly beautiful stops at the islands most important grottoes and swimming areas.
Ponza Island is famous for its sparkling, crystalline blue waters and stunning terrain of cliff sides and unique geological formations. Your captain will regale you with tales of the numerous legends the island has inspired. We'll visit the grotto of Circe, the seducing sorceress of Homer's The Odyssey who turned Odysseus' men into animals and learn the heartbreaking true story of Lucia Rosa, whose name now lives on in one of Ponza's most beautiful swimming areas. When it's time for lunch, our crew will prepare a simple pasta lunch directly on board in the boat's kitchen. Lunch is served on deck with wine and beverages. There are plenty of nice, shady spots on board where you can escape from the sun.
Love the sun? Grab your beach towel and laze about on the boats deck as you enjoy the sea breeze. There is plenty to do on board and in the water, and our Tour Assistant will be there to accommodate all of your needs. At the end of the day we'll trade in our sea legs at Ponza Island's port where you'll have some free time to shop, explore the typical alleyways or grab a glass of wine before our 5:00pm ferry departure to the mainland where we'll meet our transfer back to Rome. Our tour ends at our office just 400 meters from the Colosseum where you can catch the metro, bus or a taxi back home
English-Speaking Tour Assistant; Round Trip Transportation to/from Mainland Port; Round Trip Fast Ferry Ticket to/from Ponza Island Port; Island Boat Cruise with Swimming and Sightseeing Stops; Simple Pasta Lunch with Beverages Served Onboard; Optional snorkel set with mask if purchased.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Gratuities; Swimming Gear; Beach Towel; Sun Protection.
Hours of operation
Available Monday - Thursday at 6:45am from June - September 17.
Approximately 13 hours.
Departs from Via Celimontana 30/32 (just a 5 minute walk from the Colosseum).
We highly recommend you bring sun protection.
This tour is not appropriate for children under 4 years of age. All minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult.
To fully enjoy this tour, we recommend you are comfortable with boat transportation and are able to swim.
There is a minimum requirement of 2 passengers per booking.
Guests must reach meeting point 15 minutes prior departure.
For all tours cancelled due to traffic, strikes or weather an alternative will be offered or a free change of date.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**