The Italian island reminding of Homer's masterpiece can be reached either by train or car from Formia, followed by a two hour ferry trip which will help you reach Ponza Harbor. If this combination is not suitable, there are ferries leaving from Naples or Anzio but you should check upon their schedules as most of them function only during summer. The famous caves of Ponza can also be visited by boat only.
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Presumed to be the island of Aeaea in Homer's legendary Odyssey, Italy's Isola Di Ponza is one spot of land where history has left preeminent traces and a name which has raised question marks. From the tragic event, the suicide of Lucia Rosa, Ponza has become a symbol of human rights associated with the woman martyr, who threw herself in the Tyrrhenian Sea instead of marrying against her wish.
Ponza is known to be inhabited ever since the Neolithic. Part of the Pontine Islands Archipelago, the much appreciated isola is located 33 kilometers South of Cape Ciceo in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is also part of the province of Latina in the Lazio region. Due to constant raids by Saracens and pirates, Ponza was abandoned during the Middle Ages but became a very disputed territory invaded throughout history by English, Spanish, Greeks, Moors, Carthagians, Libyans or Phoenicians.
Nowadays Ponza is famous for its Blue Grottos created by the Etruscans and for its rocky beaches which are known to attract celebrities from all over the world. The largest beach is Chiaia di Luna (Half Moon Beach) and the most frequented is Spiaggia delle felci (Fern Beach).
Land of Bridges
In ancient times this Italian name was baptized Tyrrhenia after the nearby sea. With the change of its name to Ponza, the etymology became quite confusing. Some historians believe the island has been named after the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate who tried Jesus. Others, argue that the name existed since Greek times before the Pilate and accept the Latin translation as the ''land of bridges'' since the isola has many natural connection pathways.
Circe's and Ulisse's Caves to Discover
Homer's Odyssey is one of the two main ancient Greek poems. Ponza resembles to the island described by Homer as the one inhabited by Circe the sorceress. Even if archeologists still investigate for evidence if Ponza was indeed Homer's inspiration, the caves found on the island are named after the Greek masterpiece. Both Grotta della Maga Circe (Grotto of Circe the sorceress) and the Grotta di Ulisse O Del Sangue (Cave of Ulisse of the Blood) are found on the West side of Ponza.
Observe the resemblance to one of the most preeminent works of art, visit the mysterious grottoes and cross the natural bridges Ponza is known for. Appreciate the rocky beaches with many odd rock formations or breathe in natural beauty in Ponza's Botanical Garden. Sail to discover an island which made a statement through its complex history, an alluring place which attracted curious travels to reveal its mystery, a highlight among other Italian destinations. Isola di Ponza- a remembrance of ancient Odyssey and a muse for the ones looking for their inspiration.