Take a break from Rome's ruins, Museums and monuments to set off an an exploration of Rome's secret island: Ponza. This tiny pearl of the mediterranean has been the hideaway of Roman vacationers and celebrities for thousands of years - and its finally possibile to visit on an adventurous day trip from Rome. While the beaches near Rome are overcrowded and have poor water quality due to the nearby commercial and cruise port of Civitavecchia - Ponza benefits from it's isolated location in the south of the Lazio region and 30 nautical miles from the closest point on shore. Crystal clear, sparkling blue and turquoise waters await you, with incredible visibility that makes Ponza a swimmer, boater and snorkeler's paradise.
This day trip from Rome kicks off from our central Colosseum office with a 7:00AM start. Here you'll meet your expert English-speaking tour leader. You'll also have the opportunity to purchase towels and snorkel equipment if you have not brought you own or reserved them in advance. Once we're all checked in, we'll board an air conditioned transfer to Rome's nearest port, just an hour ride away in a seaside town called Anzio. Here, we'll board a comfortable fast ferry to Ponza Island. The ride lasts about 1.5 hours, and is a great moment to catch a brief snooze in preparation for the adventurous and activity-filled day ahead.
We'll arrive in Ponza at approximately 10:15AM and have a brief break to eat breakfast (own expense) or pick up any last minute items or snacks to bring on the next leg of our journey. At 11AM we'll board an excursion boat with other travellers - for the most part Italian vacationers - and begin our circumnavigation of the entire island. Our expert captain, a local Ponzan, will adjust our itinerary according to the wind and waves to get the most out of our day and stick to the calmest waters where we'll be most comfortable.
Our 5 hour boat excursion will cover Ponza's most important sights -- hidden coves, spectacular rock formations and a plethora of blue grottoes which, if we're lucky -- we'll even swim inside! You Tour leader is an expert in Ponza's fascinating history and geology and will translate all commentary make by your Ponzan captain who only speaks Italian. Sights might include the Arco Naturale (Natural Arch), Lucia Rosa's cove & beach, the Guard's Light House (one of the oldest and most important in Italy) and Moon Rock Beach - the spectacular and famous "Chiaia di Luna". We'll stop 4-5 times for about 25 minutes to swim and snorkel at the best stops.
During the trip, our captain and his first mate will prepare a simple and delicious pasta lunch which will be served picnic-style on deck, with water, wine and even a traditional Italian espresso. Pasta not your thing? Make sure you pick up a sandwich or snack in the morning at Ponza's port.
The boat excursion will conclude at approximately 4PM after which we'll have an hour of free time to explore Ponza's bustling and colorful port with its many shops and cafe's. It's a great time to grab a gelato or even a flute of prosecco to celebrate a day well spent.
Sad to leave, we'll board the same fast ferry we took to Ponza back to the port of Anzio where our transfer back to Rome will be waiting for us. We will reach our Colosseum office around 8:00-8:30PM.
Don't fret about train times, ferry departures or sold out tickets - this all-inclusive Ponza Island tour takes care of everything for you so all you need to worry about is showing up! If you love the sea, or want to visit a place in Italy where you won't be surrounded by tourists - this trip is for you.
Looking to upgrade to a small group experience? Upgrade to our small group option and enjoy a group of 12 people or less on transport and boat excursion -- we'll provide the snorkel gear!
Please note: This schedule is indicative and timings and stops may vary according to traffic and weather.
7:00 AM Departure from our Central Rome office to Port
08:45 AM Departure time of fast boat transfer to Ponza Port
10:15 AM Arrival in Ponza Island Port
10:30 AM Breakfast in Ponza Island (May be moved to Port of Departure if time permits)
11:00 AM Departure for Boat Tour of the Island with Swim Stops
04:00 PM Return to Ponza Port + Free Time in Ponza Island Port
05:30 PM Departure for Port with fast boat transfer
06:30 PM Arrival in Port, Pick up for return to Rome center
08:00 PM Estimated arrival time in our central Rome Office
Via Celimontana 30/32
Our office is a few blocks walk from the Colosseum on Via Celimontana 30/32.
From the exit of the Coliseum (Colosseo) Subway (Metro B line ) go left on Via dei Fori Imperiali. Reach the traffic light and make a right turn, crossing the street, then turn to your left and cross the street again. The street you see on your right side (Restaurants) is Via San Giovanni in Laterano. Take it, walk straight ahead and turn right at the second street onto Via Celimontana. Two blocks up the hill on the left hand side you will find us at n.30/32
Via Celimontana 30/32
- To fully enjoy this tour, we recommend you are comfortable with boat trasportation and are able to swim.
- At the time of your booking, please alert the staff to any particular food preferences or allergies so that we can accomodate you.
- All minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult.
- If you are travelling with a young child (0-12), please alert the staff at the time of your booking so that we can better accomodate you.
- We highly recommend you bring sun protection.
- Due to the unique nature of this tour, last minute cancellations due to traffic, strikes, weather and other force majeure events are not uncommon. Please call +39 334 960 9137 within 24 hours of your scheduled departure to confirm the tour will be going forward. For cancellations before departure, a free change of date or full refund will be offered. In rare cases, it may not be possible to foresee a cancellation before departure. In cases where cancellations interrupt the tour after it has already departed from Rome, the tour itinerary, locations and timings may be adjusted as needed to offer an alternative of equal value. In such cases, guests may not be entitled to a refund.
What to Bring
- Sun Protection
- Bathing Suit / Towel
- Light Jacket
Need a hotel pick-up or drop-off for your tour?
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Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat (Group Tour)
Daily (Small Group Tour)
In order to be eligible for a full refund your tour must be modified/cancelled by no less than 72 hours before your scheduled departure time. Due to the unique nature of this tour, last minute cancellations due to traffic, strikes, weather and other force majeure events are not uncommon. Please call +39 334 960 9137 within 24 hours of your scheduled departure to confirm the tour will be going forward. For cancellations before departure, a free change of date or full refund will be offered. In rare cases, it may not be possible to foresee a cancellation before departure. In cases where cancellations interrupt the tour after it has already departed from Rome, the tour itinerary, locations and timings may be adjusted as needed to offer an alternative of equal value. In such cases, guests may not be entitled to a refund.
Where is your office?
We are just a 5 minute walk from the Coliseum subway stop.