after a really good lunch, we set off for a boat tour round the island – which is essentially THE WAY to travel around these mediterranean islands. i mean, a day in ponza essentially constitutes of waking up, heading off in your private boat/yacht, docking at some incredible sight/beach for some sun tanning, grapes-eating, late morning snoozing. and if it gets too hot, just jump in for a swim in the crystal clear waters before continuing.
wowza. i could get used to that.
what was really awesome was the chance to swim in the grottoes at the cliffs. grottoes are these sort of stone formations carved by the churning water into the cliffs – some of them form some sort of passageway/channel daring you to swim across. and it’s kinda intimidating initially – there’s not too many people around (well, none) and the channel is pretty narrow and long, the rocks seem kinda menacing and the waters are frothing, but oh boy.. there’s the inherent thrill factor which makes for the memorable experience. it’s like famous five’s demon’s cove all over again. i’m giving enid blyton lesser and lesser credit for thinking of such adventures.
ponza can be reached via hydrofoil from terracina or anzio (which is closer to rome). it can be done in sort of a daytrip like what i did, but methinks you should spend at least a weekend there, in order to experience the beauty of palmarola as well (which we sadly missed). but honestly, i was super satisfied already.
bucket list #1, complete!