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Enjoy a day trip from Rome to Ponza Island for a relaxing experience on the Tyrrhenian Sea. You’ll have plenty of time to swim as you take a boat cruise around the island, which includes pasta with wine for lunch. Then spend some free time exploring at your leisure. Admire the scenery of sea cliffs and caves, and learn about the island’s history, dating back to its connection to the Greek poet Homer. When booking, you have the option to include a mask and snorkel, if you wish.


  • Day trip to Ponza Island, including swimming and lunch
  • Go for a dip in the azure sea
  • Eat a delicious pasta lunch on board the boat
  • Check out sea caves in the cliffs of Ponza
  • Learn about the history of the island, where Federico Fellini’s film Satyricon was shot
  • Transportation from central Rome included

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What You Can Expect

Ponza Island Day Trip from Rome


Your day trip from Rome starts as you leave the city by air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to the coast, where you’ll hop aboard a ferry for the ride across the Tyrrhenian Sea to Ponza Island, located 21 miles (34 km) offshore. When you arrive, trade the ferry boat for a converted fishing boat, on which you’ll enjoy a cruise around the island with your captain, an island native, as well as other Italians visiting Ponza.

Hear interesting stories about the Italian island and its history between stops at some of its most beautiful coves and bays, where you’ll have lots of time to jump in the water for refreshing dips. A swimmer’s paradise, Ponza offers idyllic locations where you can swim and admire the way the water’s color varies between shades of blue and light green. Go snorkeling, if you wish (you may include equipment rental when booking), or just lay your towel on the boat deck to work on your tan.

You’ll enjoy lunch on the boat whipped up by your captain, who prepares a fresh pasta marinara (mariner’s style), served with wine and bottled water. Check out some of the many grottos (sea caves) sprinkled along the cliffs, the best known of which is Circe, named after the sorceress from Homer’s Odyssey. (The specific grottos you visit depend on the daily sea conditions.)

After the boat cruise, enjoy free time on the island to explore its narrow streets on your own, maybe shopping for gifts in one of the boutiques near the port, if you wish. When your time on Ponza ends, return to the mainland, and then hop in your tour vehicle for the drive back to Rome, where your day trip concludes.

Total travel time between boat and bus is 2.5 to 3 hours going, and the same for coming back.

Customer Reviews

Robyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour, beautiful scenery, and great guide! I'm so glad I found/booked this day trip! Our guide, Christina, was personable, informative, and attentive to everyone in attendance. She made sure we were all having a good time. The trip was well organized, and the island is beyond beautiful. It's a must if traveling to Italy!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Christina was outstanding! The group of people attending were also really great. This was the best part of my trip to Rome.
The only thing is the pasta on the boat was meh. My advice is to grab a freshly made sandwich when you first arrive in Ponza at one of the many little market stores on the main street overlooking the harbor. The wine on the boat was very tasty though!
I purchased the snorkel just in case but have to say, not needed at all, the place is just so beautiful above the water not many colorful fish from my experience and swim through the grotto - so lovely!
Perfect day, great guide and the most perfect day!

Julie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely best tour we went on. Our guide I believe her name was Kimberly, was organized and informative. The island is beautiful and the waters were amazing. Just can't say enough about it. Hope we can go again someday

sherri i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

THIS IS A MUST!!!! If you are in Rome and looking to do something outside of the city, I HIGHLY recommend the Ponza Island tour. Kimberly was knowledgeable and fun and very helpful. The island itself is breathtakingly beautiful, so much so that the pics will never do it justice. The swims were wonderful and refreshing. We added the snorkeling gear option to the tour, which I thought was way overpriced, so I strongly suggest taking your own....and goggles alone are enough for what you'll use them for. The pasta lunch was yummy. This is an all day trip so I would definitely encourage you to take your own snacks or stop in and buy some fruit at the docks because lunch will not be enough. Again, wonderful tour with an awesome host!!

James E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Highlight of our 2-week vacation in Ireland and Italy which included 5 other tours through Viator. A full day led by our fantastic guide Kimberly. Definitely off the beaten track for typical American tourists- a nice change from crowded city and tourist places. Beautiful island, efficient and comfortable transportation and the time spent on the boat going around the island complete with 5 swimming excursions, grottos, and lunch served by the captain was perfecto! Worth it! If you're debating between Amalfi/Capri and this, choose Ponza!

Aya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If you like snorkeling in crystal clear waters, if you like off the beaten path destinations, and if you want bragging rights to the most amazing and unique experience in Italy, this is THE excursion for you. I did this Ponza trip on the very last day of my 20-day European tour and it was the best day of my entire trip because this place is truly heaven on earth. Our host, Kimberly, who studied in New York, was absolutely wonderful. Take a break from the overcrowded streets of Rome or Florence and have a chill time cruising around this marvelous little island.

Andres S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beautiful and relaxing. Family had a great time. This trip is worth every penny. Our host was friendly and made sure this was an enjoyable experience for everyone in the group. Thanks a million Kimberly!!

Stephen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour. The experience alone was worth the trip to Italy


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What am amazing trip. It was well worth the full day. Our guide Kimberly was awesome. She had plenty of insight on the locale, culture, and history. Her passion and love for the area was evident. We had a wonderful time swimming and exploring the island. We would love to do this again in the future

Allison E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Worth every penny! Our guide, Kimberly, was excellent. She has a fantastic knowledge of the island and it and #39;s history and was extremely attentive and made sure everyone was comfortable. The island itself is absolutely breathtaking and the swimming is amazing. We would do it again in a heartbeat!

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