Take a break from Rome's ruins 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 port of Civitavecchia - Ponza benefits from it's isolated location 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 near the Piramide metro stop with a 7:00AM start. Here you'll meet your expert English-speaking tour leader. After check-in, 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 cost of the ferry is 50 euro per person and is not included in the tour price. The ferry tickets must be paid at check in. The ride lasts about 1.5 hours, and is a great moment to catch a brief snooze in preparation for the adventurous 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. Looking for a more exclusive experience? Upgrade to a private tour to include hotel pick up and drop off and a typical Ponzan "Gozzo" boat just for you. Please note lunch is not included in the Private option.
The 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 make 4-5 stops for about 30 minutes each time to swim and snorkel at the best spots.
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 favorie? 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 busy, 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 the Piramide metro stop 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.
Need snorkel gear? Choose the option "with snorkel" and we will provide a set with a snorkel and mask for you to keep.
Looking to upgrade to a private experience? The private experience includes hotel pick up and drop off, a guide, a skipper, and a typical Ponzan "Gozzo" boat just for you. Lunch is not included in the option and is at your own experience. It may be purchased in advance and brought on board. Ferry tickets are an additional 50 euro per person and must be paid at check in.
Please note: This schedule is indicative and timings and stops may vary according to traffic and weather.
7:00 AM Departure from meeting point 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
06:30-7 PM Arrival in Port, Pick up for return to Rome center
08:00 PM Estimated arrival time in Rome
We meet at Cafè du Parc, located at Piazza di Porta S. Paolo, Rome. The cafè is open in the early mornings. The closest metro stop is the Line B - Piramide station.
Please consult a map before departing for the meeting point.
Piramide Metro Stop.
- Please note that during the ferry transfer to and from Anzio, you are required to wear an FFP2 mask and you must provide your own. Surgical masks are not accepted and you may be denied boarding.
- 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 we can best advise 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 the day before 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
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat (Group Tour)
Daily (Private 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 the day before 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.