Ponza is the main island of a group called the “Pontine Islands,” which includes Ponza, Palmarola, Zannone, Ventotene and Santo Stefano. Palmarola and Zannone are very close to Ponza and can be reached by small rented boats or by using the many tourist services on the island.
Ponza is an island with a very beautiful sea, the water is crystal clear and the seabed is wonderful. A mask for snorkeling is a must, and there are also many diving services for scuba diving. There are few beaches in Ponza, so visiting the island is preferable by sea. On land, there are three main inhabited areas:
- Ponza porto ( in figure): this is where the conference is located. It is the most inhabited area of the island, where walking among boutiques, cafés and restaurants is very pleasant.
- S. Maria: a small seaside village that can be reached on walking distance from Ponza porto in 15 min. There are not many stores and cafés, but the environment is very relaxing.
- Le Forna: is a small village on the other side of the island, not directly on the sea and a 20 min bus ride from Ponza porto. For those who like views from the top it is interesting, but beware that reaching the conference from Le Forna is not so easy.
Ponza’s characteristic dishes are mainly seafood. Don’t miss the lobster, crab (spider crab), tuna, grouper, snapper, amberjack, and swordfish.