Tour of Ponza

"S. Maria" area

Small fraction of the Island, only a 15 minute walk from the Port., where one can find : 
A small Church 
· The remains of the Roman Port
· The tank of the "Serpent" 
From the 27th of July until the 7th of August 1943 Benito Mussolini was kept as prisoner in a building on the beach what is today a small Pensione.

Ancient Roman Port, called the "Circe", during the Roman period it stretched considerably longer than it does today

The Turquoise Caves

One can visit them with small fishing boats, particularly interesting for their optical illusion. During particular hours of the day , bodies immersed in these waters become turquoise. At the end of the caves one can find small niches of beach.

The Rock of the "Caciocavallo"

Legend tells that the rock had a fallic shape, infertile women used to go here on pelgrimage during the night considering it a good luck charm. When a piece of the summit fell off this beleif and superstition disapperead.

The "Frontone" beach

This beach inherits its name from the shape of the white tuffaceous rock which is similar to the fronton of a Greek Temple. It is accessible only via land through a small path which is not usually used. (85 difficulty factor). 
There is a frequent guided tour from the Port. The distance is of 0.9 miles
It is an approx. a 9 minute walk. From around 5:00 pm. it remains in the shade.

The Bay of "Fortino"

It is a protected Bay, with fairly comfortable tuff rocks to sunbathe on. There is a guided tour from the Port. 
There is a provisional dock and a path that leads to the Fort built in 1813. Unfortunately at present it is not open to the pubblic.

The White plain

The colour of this type of rock is influenced by the climatic conditions. With clear skys and dry air the turf becomes of a particular white, when the sky is covered and the air is humid the turf resembles a dark greyish tint. 
It is an area which is not accessible via land, there is a guided tour from the Port. The distance is of approx. 1,1 miles and takes about 11 minutes. The area is in the shade form around 4:00 pm.

Cave of the "Smeraldi"

It is possible to enter this cave only with the use of small fisihing boats with their motors turned off. On the roof of the cave one can foresee a small hole of the ancient Greek - Roman aqueduct. It is advised to visit the cave during the morning hours

Beach of the "Core"

It is 1,5 miles from the Port and it takes 15 minutes to reach it. It remains in the shade from 2:30 pm. onwards.

The "Core"

A particularity of this beach is that it has taken its name from a rock in the shape of a bleeding wounded heart .

Arch of the "Parroco"

Split in half at its base it resembles the tunic of a priest, also known as the stack and the cave of the molluscs.

Cove of the "Inferno"

In this area one can easily see the tunnel of the Ancient Greek - Roman aqueduct that from the Cala dell'Acqua goes all the way into the inhabited centre of the Island of Ponza. In the second half of the XVIII century large steps where dug in the rock ( which are still in used today), to reach from the port the homes of the Torresi collonials which had established themselves in Le Forna. Next to these homes there is the path that leads to the fraction of Le Forna .
It is accessible only via land and is 1,8 miles from the Port. It is approx an 18 minute walk. This area remains in the shade from 4:30 pm. Onwards.

Natural Arch or "Spaccapurpo"

Part of the Ponzian placenames are in Napolitan dialect. This is due to the fact the in 1734 the Island of Ponza became re-inhabited by settlers from Ischia and Naples, donating to the island a variety of denominations. It is practicable with medium sized boats, and the depth varies between 6 to 3 metres. It is convenient to anchor near the Arch due to the frequent coming and going of boats.
In is not accessible via land, there are guided tours from the Port. The distance is of 1,9 miles and takes approx 19 minutes. It remains in the shade from approx 3:30 pm. Onwards.

Beach of the "Schiavone"

Part of the Ponzian placenames are in Napolitan dialect. This is due to the fact the in 1734 the Island of Ponza became re-inhabited by settlers from Ischia and Naples, donating to the island a variety of denominations. It is practicable with medium sized boats, and the depth varies between 6 to 3 metres. It is convenient to anchor near the Arch due to the frequent coming and going of boats.
In is not accessible via land, there are guided tours from the Port. The distance is of 1,9 miles and takes approx 19 minutes. It remains in the shade from approx 3:30 pm. onwards

Cove of "Gaetano" - The Point of the "Ebreo"

It is not accessible by land and is 2,3 miles from the Port. It is a 23 minute walk. It remains in the shade from 4:00 pm. Onwards.
From the Cala Gaetano, which is accessible via land, one can swim to the various beaches of the punta dell'ebreo.

Point and Plain of "Incenso"

It probably inherits its name from the presence of the Cisterncence Monastery. 
It is in the Northern point of the Island of Ponza, the canal which separates it from the island of Gayi is only navigable with medium sized boats. Beware of the rocks, double the copass point and go west. By passing through the rocks one reacheas the small island of Gavi. The depth here is of approx 4 metres.

Small Island of "Gavi"

This island is 2,8 miles from the Port and is not inhabited, its highest point is 96 metres and there are no beaches. It is separated from Ponza by a canal of approx 130 metres. One can only sail with medium sized boats.
In the seventeeth century they used to extract the china clay and bentonite from it, which were then elaborated and worked in Torre del Greco. Afterwhich the island was rented out for grazing.
Arriving from Ponza one can find the Parata, therefore the dock and path that lead to the only house of the island, going a bit further on one finds Punta Rossa and subsequently passes by the ancient quarry of china clay. This last part closes the walk around the island.

The "Felci"

It inherits its name from the plant, which extends itself all the way to the beach. The small beach is both sandy and pebbly, the seawater by the shore is particularly transparent due to the presence of the white rock. On the left hand side one can see specks of yellow due to the presence of sulphur mixed with betoninte and china clay. On the other hand, direcly ahead one can foresee the reamins of the cisetercense Monastery. On the right hand side there is a cave that can only be swum to.
It is not accessible by land and is 3,1 miles from the Port, and takes about 31 minutes. The sun hits this side at about 10:30 am until 3:00 pm. This area is practicaly protected from all the winds except the Northen and Northwestern ones.

Cove "Cala Fonte"

One can reach it via land via a paved road and steps that lead to the sea. It is 3,7 Miles from the Port and it is a 37 minute walk. The sun stays from 8:30 am until sunset.
It is a small port and shelter which is used by the local fishermen. The Rock of the Cove of the Fonte is perfect for sunbathing. There is a ferry service since one cannot reach this extremity by foot. From a distance one can make out the Island of Palmarola which is 53 miles from Cala Fonte. In the horrizon the Laziale Coast line appears with the distinct promontory of the Circeo.

The cave of the "Corallo"

One can reach it with a small boat ( there are 2 entrances ). It is in an L shape, in the centre there are some huge stones on which one can walk down from. The cave inherits its name from the bright red colour of the seaweed that lies near it.

Cove "Cala Cecata"

This area has recently been destructed in order to extract the bentonite from its rock, however little pleasant niches still exist.

Relic of "Punta Papa"

Near the Punta del Papa, at a depth of approx 21 metres there is the relic of an American merchant ship which crashed against the rocks on Feb. 23rd, 1944.

Fort of "Papa"

It is a Farnese Fort named so in tribute to Paolo III Farnese. The Fort is semi destructed due to the mining activity in the area.

Cove of "Cala dell'Acqua"

It inherits its name due to the presence of large sacs of water still present today and which still filter through the rocks. However, the supply of water to the Island is via Ship tanks. It is accessible via land and is situated 4,6 miles from the Port, taking a 46 minute walk. The sun is present in this area from 8:30 am. Until 30 minutes before dawn.
Cala dell'Acqua is the only area in the Le Forna fraction that can be reached by foot. It is also possible to hire a boat or to be guided until the stacks of Lucia Rosa.

Cove of "Feola" and "Piscine Naturali"

Like in other parts of th Island ( Scotti , Conti, Guarini ) the name of the Cove derives from the surname of the collonials who inhabited it. It was previously called Cala delle Fornelle, or I Forni.
It is accessible via land and is 5 miles from the Port, therefore, a 50 minute walk. The sun is present from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm approx.
Its western side has a more jagged coastline due to the continuous atmospheric and aeolian modifications; marine erosions, which have taken place throughout the centuries. Looking toward the sea from the left hand side of the beach of Cala Feola, there is the "Fontone" better known as Piscine Naturali

Rock of "Capo Bosco"

Before the period of Collonization of 1734, the islands were covered in thick vegetation , with high robust trees. Deforestation took place in order to allow for a major exploitation of the land. Other than Capo do Bosco there were other areas with a rich and luxurious vegetation ( holm-oak, savin etc)

Stacks of "Lucia Rosa"

The stacks of Lucia Rosa inherit their name from a real event which occured at the end of the eighteenth century. Lucia Rosa forbeeden to marry a poor farmer threw herself from the highest edge of the rock. The stacks, have naturally been dug by the sea, and represent real underground tunnels/passages beneath the sea level. On the other hand in some small caves there are some petit pebbly beaches ( have your mask and snorkel at hand ). In the direction of the faraglioni 700 m. more or less one can find the "Secca dei Mattoni", its name is inhereted from a shipwrecked sailor from the previous century, whose ship was transporting bricks. On the offshore of the Faraglioni di Lucia Rosa, in the proximity of the "Secca dei Mattoni" on September of 1985, 30 metres in depth, the relic of a Roman ship was found and amphoras and vases of the first half of the first century were discovered in its hold.

Beach of "Lucia Rosa"

A sandy beach which is not accessible via land. There is a guided tour from Cala Feola (1 mile, 10 minutes ), from Chiaia di Luna (1.7 miles ,17 minutes,) from the port (via Gavi) 5,7 miles , 57 minutes, (via Guardia) 4,7 miles, 47 minutes. The sun rises here at 10:00 am and stays until sunset.
Due to the considerable amount of small beaches, rocks and coves it allows, even when the island is at its bussiest, for everybody to find privacy.

Rock of the "Spumante"

It is called this way because there is a particular point where the water breaks that seems like the corking of a bottle of sparkling wine.

Stacks and rock of the "Orecchio Giallo"

In this area known as the Faraglione an excellent wine is produced. It is part of the 4 areas, whose name begin with the letter "F" : Fieno,Frontone, Forna, Faraglioni, all of which are well known due to their excellent wines.
This particular piece of coastland is not accessable via land. It has many beaches and niches, and is a wonderful area to visit by canoe. The sun reaches this part around 9:30 am until sundown.

Landscape of "Capo Bianco"

It is best practicable with small rowing boats , to see it in the best light it is advised to go between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. In this area the water is of a particular colour. In the higher part of this area lives the peregrine falcon, and it is possible to see it in flight.

"Capo Bianco"

Tuffaceous rock rich with caves and niches, it is best to visit it with a canoe. The pecularity and beauty of this rock ispired the Producer Federico Fellini to film certain scenes of his Film "Satyricon".

Bay of "Capo Bianco"

It is not accessible via land and is situated 2 miles from Cala Feola ( a 20 minute walk ), 0,7 miles from Chiai di Luna ( a 7 minute walk ) and is 3,5 miles from the Port Via Guardia ( a 35 minute walk ). The sun is present from around 8:30 am until 30 mins. Before the sunset.

Cave of the "Maga Circe"

Situated between Chiaia di Luna and Capo Bianco, known also as the secret cave or of the drop of blood. It is approx. 50 metres long and at both ends there are small beaches.

Beach of "Chiaia di Luna"

One can reach it via land via a tunnel that leads to a provincial road, built by the Romans and used as a port-refuge known as "diva-luna". It is 3,4 miles from the Port Via Guardia ( a 34 mins. Walk ).The sun is present from 10:00 am until the sunset. The crest of the rock reaches a maximum hight of 10 metres. On the peak there is a necropolis (Guarini area) of the Roman era with graves ( 5 ) dug in the rock, unfortunately most of them have been destroyed. 
In the Napoletan dialect "chiaia" means beach. The name Chiaia di Luna is suggested by the half moon shape of the beach and by the white rock that lies at its 2 extremeties.

The "Fieno"

One can reach it by land, and is 3 miles from the Port Via Guardia, a 30 minute walk. The sun shines from 8:00 am until sunset.
There is a wreck of a an ancient guard core and a path that leads to the Fieno via sea (80% difficulty factor). It is 10 minutes form the Chiaia di Luna Beach. It is one of the few and rare agriculture lands which still exist on the Island. Here one of the finest wines of the Island are produced. Pulses are cultivcated here, especially lentils and broad beans. 
During the second half of the last century, two German researchers, father and son, Schneider, discovered at the Fieno, the remains of a Centre for the workmanship of obsidian, a material which was transported from the nearby island of Palmarola.

Lighthouse and "Punta della Guardia"

One can reach it by land, and is 2,1 miles from the Port, therefore a 21 minute walk. The sun sets here at 8:00 am until 3:00 pm approx. Once doubled the coast, on the left hand side one can see the "Scarrupata" with the mulesack that leads to the lighthouse right infront, the Faraglioni del Calzone Muto. The entrance which leads to the lighthouse is closed.
To the South of Punta della Guardia, approx. 13 miles, begins the deepest trench of the meditteranean (3,730 metres). In 1952 Jacques Picard reached for the first time, in the sea of Ponza, 3150 metres in 2 hours and 15 minutes with the bathyscaph "Trieste", assisted by the corvet "Fenice".

"Bagno vecchio"

One can reach it via land, at it is 1,2 miles from the Port ( 21 Minute walk), the sun sets here at 8:00 am until 15:00 approx. There is a necroplolis with 4 tombs dug in the rock. Most of them are destroyed due to the collapse of the rock and agriculture.
During the Borbonic period at the"Bagno Vecchio degli Scotti" there were prisoners whch had to extract the rocks for building purposes.
From the rocky beach there is a path with large steps that leads to the necropolis and to the "gli Scotti" site ( 90% difficulty factor ).

Stacks of the"Calzone Muto"

They inherited their name in the '800 due to the rocky surface in the shape of a pants.

"La Parata"

It inherits its name after the collonials who used to set up nets to catch the numerous quayles that passed by, "L'apparata".

Stacks of the "Madonna"

Punta e Faraglioni della Madonna inherit their name from a small chappel on the "Madonna della Salvazione" dug in the rock in what is today the cemetary . During the Roman period these stacks were connected to the present cemetary area, and were part of the "Summer Home of Augustus" ("villa estiva di Augusto"). One can still admire the mansory.
One cannot reach it by foot, it is 0,6 miles from the port a 6 minute journey. From 3:00 pm onwards the rocks are in the shade.

Caves of "Pilato"

Also known as "Grotte di Pilato" it belonged to a rich Roman Villa of which numerous remains from the first century are still visible from the Promontory. Its name derives from the the famous Pilato of Giudia. They became known as" baths of Pilato" due to an old legend.
The complex can still be admired today for the perfection in its technique of digging and cutting the rock even beneath the sea level. 
The complex is made up of 5 baths, four covered and one in the open air, in them there was the breeding and reproduction of fish, especially eels. For the twofold use of haruspicy and culinary art.
In the main bath/pool five openings like shutters, guaranteed the change of water and the trasffering of the fish to the other baths/pools. There was also, a niche dug in the centre of the bottom of the wall, in the shape of an alter, which contained small statues of marine deities and of good luck charms for fishing. 
It is best to visit it between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm when the light is at its best. ( It is good to have an underwater torch).

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