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Ferries to Pontine Islands

Scattered along Italy’s west coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea lie the stunning Pontine Islands, consisting of two groups: Ponza, Gavi, Palmarola and Zannone in the northeast and Ventotene and Santo Stefano in the southwest.

There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a keen swimmer, food lover, sailor or history buff. You’ll find sparkly coves, sandy beaches, charming trattorias, fascinating Roman ruins and untouched areas waiting to be explored.

The most visited island, Ponza offers magnificent coastal walks and tiny harbours dotted along the shoreline. Inland, there are lively cafes and traditional restaurants serving locally caught seafood.

Ponza also has some superb beaches. The idyllic Lucia Rosa boasts romantic, colourful sunsets, while Feola Cove’s shallow pools are the perfect place to relax all afternoon.

Palmarola is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. The steep, craggy coastline opens up into an enormous cove with a pool of crystalline water and picturesque caves. There is even a superb restaurant on the beach serving up fresh pasta.

There's also plenty to be explored wherever you go. The peaceful island of Ventotene features the remains of the Roman Villia Giulia where Emperor Augustus exiled his daughter in 2 BC for treason.

There are more historical remains on Zannone, an untouched island and part of the Circeo National Park, featuring the remnants of a Cistercian monastery.

The Pontine’s underwater landscape is a dream for divers and snorkelers. On a dive, you’ll find a submerged isthmus connecting Ponza and Zannone, sunken World War II ships, colourful marine life and amazing grottoes.

There are frequent, high-speed crossings from Napoli, Terracina and the island of Ischia to Ponza and Ventotene.

You can also sail between Ponza and Ventotene, with a number of crossings provided each week.

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Pontine Islands reviews

  • "Split to Ancona"

    A brilliant crossing. The room was spacious and comfy. The staff were friendly and helpful. All in all a great crossing.

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  • "Excellent ferry journey from Croatia to Italy"

    Ferry check was open very early, easy to check in and fairly short queues. Boarding 1 hour and a half early meant ferry left on time. Easy to board. Staff very helpful on board, helped me to find my cabin. Cabin was comfortable and suited my needs at a very good price. Self service restaurant was used for breakfast - good varied menu and competative prices. Ferry arrived on time and disenbarking was easy. Would recommend to others

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  • "Great Journey"

    An enjoyable trip - nice crew. Slight seasick, but staff were very helpful.

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  • "Split to Ancona"

    We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of ship. The cabin was larger than we thought it would be. Although basic it had a toilet and shower and the bunks were comfortable with fresh clean sheets. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was a lovely way to get to Italy without any hassle.

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