The Island of Ponza – Part 2


leaving Ponza port for a full day boat excursion, from 9 AM – 6 PM with six leisurely stops for swimming 


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on the private charter boat “Orca” with just 12 passengers


We circled the entire island of Ponza and the island of Palmarola, mesmerized by its turquoise, cobalt blue, and emerald green waters


and the few sandy beaches.


The warm sea was irresistible,  as was the beauty of the two islands’ small coves, grottos, jagged coastline, unusual rock formations, sheer cliffs…and, as above,  the few intimate sandy beaches.


We were enchanted by the ever-changing light, reflections, colors, numerous grottos, coves, inlets, colorful fish visible in the crystal clear waters.


The full summer day with 98° F. air temperatures and 84° F.  water temperatures made for the perfect all-day boat trip


and for taking full advantage of every swimming stop in gorgeous spots.


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A very happy me, fully in my “elements” of sun and water.


our comfy table for an unforgettable lunch cooked and served onboard


 starters of: bruschetta with tomatoes, garlic and basil; lemon-marinated fresh local anchovies with sautéed eggplant, garlic and oregano;  soutè of local mussels; served with local Ponza white wine and a  refreshing sangria

Orca boat trip

followed by an amazing spaghettata of cherry tomatoes, garlic, leeks, eggplant, zucchini…and loaded with clams, shrimp and mussels

Ponza Orca lunch

and rock shrimp with EVOO, fresh Italian parsley and garlic, sautéed ever-so briefly in the local island white wine – absolutely delicious

Ponza boat trip lunch

 before the sweet, festive watermelon…and strong espresso for all.  What a treat!


A perfect day in Ponza, an unforgettable experience…and the forging of the happiest memories.

STAY TUNED for Part 3:  Scenery and Food of Ponza



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