The Island of Ponza – Part 2

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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

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

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and the few sandy beaches.

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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.


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

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

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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.

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our comfy table for an unforgettable lunch cooked and served onboard

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 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

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

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

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

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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

-Mary