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Make a holiday villa in Ponza your home away from home

Ponza’s charms lie in its scenic beauty. The largest of the Pontine Islands off the coast of central Italy, it has an attractive shoreline with some dramatic cliff faces, a lovely harbour, good beaches and a number of historic landmarks.  Ponza is also a big tourist draw for its grottos and archaeological sites. The island is believed by some to have been named after the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate.

HomeAway has a number of fantastic Ponza holiday villas to ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay on the island.  Many are backed by lush countryside and located close to the waterfront, enjoying gorgeous sea views.  Holiday apartments in Ponza also benefit from good locations, however, ensuring guests are equally close to the sea and historic centre.  Comfort is important, and so many of our Ponza holiday rentals feature coffeemakers, fridges, washing machines and televisions as standard.  Among the other Pontine Islands are Ventotene, where tourists can also secure a holiday rental.

Things to do

-Swimming: Swimming is a popular Ponza pastime, either on the sandy beaches or from secluded bays.  Some people seek out rocky ledges to sunbathe on and they dive into the water off the rocks.  The most popular beach is Chiaia di Luna which can be reached on foot from the port.

-Historic sites: There are numerous historic sites and ancient ruins to visit.  Along the shore is Grotte di Pilato, several caves where Romans dug fishpools to search for food.  Other Roman sites of interest are a necropolis and the remains of an ancient port at Santa Maria.

-Food and drink: As many visitors discover when they stay in Ponza holiday villas, the island has no shortage of lovely piazzas lined with cafés and restaurants. Some of the eateries specialize in regional fish cuisine based on shrimp and squid.  The food is also influenced by Ponza’s proximity to Rome and Naples.

-Family activities: From the port, families can hire boats to go on exploratory trips of the island’s coastline, or alternatively, enjoy a trip to the private botanical garden Giardino Botanico Ponziano and the museum at Cala Frontone beach. Housing curiosities covering the island’s history, they include statues, photographs, paintings, books, letters, furniture and more.

Weather in Ponza

The island has a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and moderate winters, making a stay in holiday apartments in Ponza possible all through the year. The mean temperature is 16.3°C. The average low during the winter months is 10°C.  October and November are Ponza’s wettest months.

Travel to Ponza

To get to Ponza holiday villas tourists can take a train or car from Rome to Formia.  From there it’s a two-hour ferry crossing to the island.  Alternatively, there are ferries from Anzio and Naples.  A bus service runs the length of Ponza, but guests can also take water taxis to various parts of the island.

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                                                                                                    Great location, fantastic views, value for money.

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                                                                                                    I was a little concerned after reading a previous review but I would highly recommend this property and in all honestly give it a five star rating. It was clean and tidy and everything inside had been thought about with love and care. There was a blue and white nautical theme throughout. The bedroom was spacious and comfortable with lots of storage and whilst the ceiling is low (clearly shown in the photograph) we did not find that a problem and we are both over 5' 7''. We loved the little reading area on this floor which contained a fold out bed. The terrace, which wrapped around three sides of the roof, gave wonderful views of the port and we spent many hours watching the boats come and go. There was plenty of seating and extra chairs if needed. The dining area was under cover and could be protected from the wind or rain by pull down screens. We did not need to use this facility as the weather was wonderful.The kitchen had most of what you needed for simple self catering with a selection of pots and pans, a coffee maker and enough china and cutlery. Washing up liquid, salt and pepper and a few basics were provided. We would have appreciated wine glasses and a tea towel and we bought a sharp knife and chopping board. The bathroom was spacious, clean and tidy. Alfredo was very friendly and helpful and gave us information about the town- places to eat and things to do and information about ferries and ports before our arrival. Ponza is well worth a visit, the town is full of interesting shops and it was very easy to self cater. There were three fish shops and a butchers selling fresh meat and lovely roasted meats. Several small food shops provided a wide range of cheeses and breads as well as fruit and vegetables and there was a specialist wine shop. There was a huge range of restaurants and bars from basic pizza places to a one star Michelin restaurant (rather overpriced in my opinion). We enjoyed an all day round island boat trip and followed the historical trail. It was easy to walk to a number of surrounding villages and swimming from the local town beaches was good. There was a good choice of boat hire. Ponza is a busy little island even in September and we enjoyed the "buzz" of walking around in the evenings trying out places to eat and drink and the calm of returning to the roof terrace to watch the lights on the water. I would highly recommend this island as part of a a two centre holiday. Thank you Alfredo, we would love to come back.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Perfect Italian escape

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                                                                                                    Villa Oleandro is a gem in a perfect location within a 5 minutes stroll from the main street in Ponza Porto. The property is a delight and we fell in love with it's charm instantly. It is designed and furnished in traditional Ponzese style with quirky touches everywhere and is surrounded by multiple stunning terraces and a lovely garden. The only problem is deciding which terrace to sit on! The owner Yona is amazing too and gave us lots of great advice before we came and was always available on the phone while we we there to answer any of our questions. The property is not modern/contemporary but if you want to live like a local in an ideal location then it's definitely worth considering. There is everything you need if you want to eat at the villa including a barbecue, but it is in very easy reach from all the restaurants. One of our favourites is just at the bottom of the street serving great pizza made in a forno a legna as well as great pastries and panini, ideal for breakfast or lunch.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

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                                                                                                    "The owner was very friendly and helpful and gave us a lift to and from the house. The island was beautiful. The house clean, in a very quiet location with lovely sunny terrace. Great pixxeria and shop nearby and short walk to port."
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2012
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Apr 2012