These 5 Islands Are Italy’s Best-Kept Secret
When Romans go on holiday, the island of Ponza is one their favorite picks. Just a short train and ferry ride from the Eternal City, Ponza is one of the Pontine islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is set within easy reach of both Rome and Naples. But despite its proximity to some of Italy’s busiest cities, don’t expect any cosmopolitan glitz or glamour. It’s all about low-key and laid-back simplicity here. With fantastically blue-green water and charming pastel-hued harbors, summer days are spent al fresco, bobbing away on a rented boat or enjoying long lunches in the shade of colorful buildings. In terms of accommodations in Ponza, the best option is to book a private villa. The four-bedroom Casa Fontana sits above the main town of Ponza and has the most magical views over the island’s theatrical cliffs and boat-studded waters.