If you are in Ponza, you absolutely cannot miss visiting the other 5 Pontine islands that make up the Pontine archipelago. Gavi, Palmarola, Zannone, Ventotene and Santo Stefano are the perfect destinations for those who love seaside resorts, but also for those who wish to immerse themselves in wild places that still preserve the authenticity of nature and traditions.

Let’s find out about these islands in more detail, but we warn you: you’re sure to fall in love with them!

We begin with the islands under the Ponza municipality administration, which are Gavi, Palmarola, and Zannone.

Gavi Island, the perfect destination for diving enthusiasts

We have talked extensively about
what to do in Ponza
so we assume you know the island like the back of your hand by now. We start, then, from Gavi, a small island with rugged coastline where you can still breathe in the true wild charm of the Pontine islands. The beauty of Gavi is the fact that it is an almost completely uninhabited island; the only people who inhabit it in the summertime are the owners of the only house in the area.

The island has no beaches, but this lack is made up for by the presence of wonderful volcanic seabed that diving enthusiasts will not fail to appreciate. The flora is very reminiscent of that of Ponza with the vegetation featuring mainly blueberry, broom, lentisk and agaves, while the fauna is reigned in by the herring gull, the peregrine falcon, which also nests here, and the Gavi lizard, which lives only on this island.

Gavi Island is accessible on two sides: a northern slipway that is in disuse and a southern slipway that is the main landing also for private or charter boats coming from Ponza.

Palmarola and its inaccessible beauty

If you are in Ponza, you can’t fail to carve out a day to visit the wonderful Palmarola. It is the largest of the islands that make up Ponza and the third largest of all the Pontine islands. Palmarola also preserves a wild and unspoiled nature made up of cliffs and vibrant vegetation, let’s not forget that its name is supposedly derived from a dwarf palm tree that grows wild on the island.

The preservation of its original appearance is due to the fact that Palmarola has no restaurants or accommodations. The only place dedicated to tourists is a hotel with a restaurant called
O’ French
. A place that retains all its initial authenticity, although substantial improvements have been made such as the inclusion of solar panels.

If you are wondering how to get to the island of Palmarola, know that you can take advantage of our
rental with driver
. We take you to discover the wonders of the island, and its majestic stacks, on our goiters equipped with everything you need to spend hours of true relaxation and, of course, with an experienced guide operating in complete safety.

Zannone: the green island, jewel of the Circeo National Park

Zannone is the northernmost island in thePontine archipelago and the smallest after Santo Stefano and Gavi. Already from the boat you will notice the lush vegetation that stretches across the island. Zannone, in fact, is uninhabited and the hand of man has come only partially. Here once stood the villa of Marquis Casati Stampa, which rose to the headlines for the scandalous parties held there, which were followed by the killing of his wife and mistress by the marquis and even his suicide.

Zannone’s charm derives precisely from the fact that it belongs to no one and is therefore all of those who visit it at that precise moment. Hiking enthusiasts will find plenty to do here. It is possible, in fact, to take long walks in the woods, among paths and ruins such as those of the Cistercian monastery, and in the Mediterranean maquis among myrtles, broom, holm oaks, strawberry trees, and wild olive trees.

The only possible way to reach Zannone is to disembark at Varo; here it is not possible to moor the boat so it is necessary to be accompanied.

For those who only plan to take a tour around the island can book one of our tours during which to discover marvelous coves such as the Grottelle cove, the Monaco rock that seems to resume the physiognomy of a monk, the small Calcara beach overlooked by the dolomitic, limestone cliff, and the Mariuolo cave.

Ventotene, an island full of history

Ventotene is the most touristy island compared to those mentioned above, albeit more discreetly than Ponza. Despite being frequented during the summer period, Ventotene has also managed to preserve wild elements but more within human reach.

Although it is part of the Pontine Islands, geographically it is closer to the Phlegrean Islands from which it has absorbed both culture and some environmental features such as dark beaches and tuffaceous rocks. The Roman port is an example of this with its structure carved into the tuff where you can still see the berths where Roman ships were moored. Here the Romans also carved out a fishpond in the tuff equipped with special technology that allowed fresh and salt water to be mixed and only the water to come out without the fish that were raised there. It is also possible to swim in the Roman fishpond and then climb up the rocks where the ancient salt pans were.

Ventotene is a place worth visiting for the artifacts and architecture that speak of history. Such as the Roman cisterns including the Prisoners’ Cistern where you can still see murals made by prisoners of the Bourbon era and the monks who inhabited it before them, or the Bourbon ramps that connect the Roman port to the historic center, the Bourbon castle, and much more.

St. Stephen’s, the prison island

We end our virtual tour of the Pontine islands with the small island of Santo Stefano, which lies 2 km off the coast of Ventotene. Its rugged coastline has always made landing difficult-in fact, it is completely uninhabited, and the only structure present is the Bourbon prison in which President of the Republic Sandro Pertini was also imprisoned during Fascism.

If you want to make this tour a reality, book a boat tour from us at
Fat Black
! We will be happy to take you to discover the wonderful islands that make up the Pontine archipelago.

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