In the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Circeo, Pontine Islands are a natural heritage of extraordinary beauty that has always appealed to anyone who has visited. Ponza, the largest island, is considered by all naturalists, one of the most beautiful lands on the planet, deserving the name "Pearl of the Mediterranean". In a few tens of miles (7 km long, 7 square km, 41 km of coastline), Ponza collects the countless wonders that make it unique. The myth, history and legend are intertwined on this land in the middle of the Tyrrhenian and the popular imagination, which is its echo, gave colorful names to various places.
It was realized during the period Bourbon's colonization, with its harmonious architecture that makes it one of the worlds most 'beautiful landing in the Mediterranean Sea.
Very popular, the beach is easily accessible from the harbor with a continuous connection of boats.
A stretch of sandy yellow-gold on an emerald sea.
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E' la spiaggia piu' amata dell'isola anche se, come una divinità capricciosa, rende difficle la frequentazione per il sempre possibile distacco di pietre dalla alta falesia di tufo friabile.
Si raggiunge attraverso un mirabile tunnel antico di oltre 2000 anni. Fu porto romano dedicato alla dea Luna e era utilizzato quando il mare di levante impediva l'uso del porto principale.
Le grotte di Pilato sono un murenaio costruito dai Romani circa 2000 anni fa dove oggi è possibile visitare le vasche per la itticoltura ed esplorare i tunnel di collegamento fra i vari ambienti.
The broom and the broom Gasparrini, plants are more 'representative of the island's natural vegetation. They cover large areas of hills and at the time of flowering that occurs between May and June the island magically turn yellow. Among the other plants that best characterize the landscape, there are two giants: the agave, used by farmers as indicators of property lines and the prickly pear, windbreaks and powerful supplier of juicy fruits. The atlas of the flora of the Pontine Islands has recently been updated with b and 748 varieties by the brothers Giuseppe e Silverio Mazzella (Ed. Al Brigantino).
The mouflon is the biggest mammiferous of the group of islands. Imported from Sardinia in the '20s lives on Zannone, in a colony of about 30 animals. Nesting birds of prey include peregrine falcons, and between procellariformi the herring gull and magpie. Among the arthropods has differentiated the scorpion Carpathian. Interesting studies were carried out with regard insects and there were unexpected discoveries, such as the crustacean Niphargus Zannone discovered in '49, crustacean gammaride common in groundwaters of the central and southern Europe and northern Sardinia.
We thank Filippo Conte for some of the photos on top of the page and the "Ponza Proloco" for some of the text used.