Ponza

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Ponza
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Ponza anchorage

Ponza, the largest of the so-called Pontine islands, lies 18 miles off the Italian mainland and around 35 miles south of the harbours of Anzio and Marina di Nettuno. Ponza today is a very popular tourist destination as well as a magnet for cruising yachts. In spite of the installation of a number of pontoons for visiting yachts, it is often necessary to anchor off during July and August.

Charts

British Admiralty
1911 - I. del Giglio to I. d’Ischia
Italian
914

Weather

Prevailing winds during summer are from NW round to SW. In very settled weather, the island often experiences light SE breezes.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)

Passages

See Mediterranean.

Islands

  • I. di Palmarola
  • I. di Zannone

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Care needs to be taken of the numerous above water rocks and shoals extending along the coasts of Ponza, especially to the NE and SE. A night approach is not recommended.

Berthing

Ports

Porto di Ponza

Porto di Ponza/wiki/Ponza#Porto_di_Ponza
Harbour icon Porto di Ponza [[Ponza#Porto di Ponza|Porto di Ponza]] 40°53.720'N, 012°57.772'E
Space in Ponza harbour is at a premium, especially in July and August, when prices soar to giddying heights. The total of eight pontoons in the harbour (May to September) can, in theory accommodate a total of 200 vessels, maximum length 25 metres, in depths ranging from 2.0 - 6.0 metres. Water and electricity are available on several of the pontoons (although water is scarce in summer). In practice, however, they are frequently overflowing with local yachts during the season and it is more peaceful to anchor off unless you have reserved a berth.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Ponza Mare

Ponza Mare/wiki/Ponza#Ponza_Mare
Berth icon Ponza Mare [[Ponza#Ponza Mare|Ponza Mare]] 40°53.708'N, 012°57.748'E

Ponza Mare' (first pontoon west of the ferry terminal) can accommodate up to 40 yachts in 6.0 metres (maximum length 25 metres). Operates 15 April to 30 September only. Water & electricity.

ponzamare@ponzamare.it; Tel: +39 (0771) 80 679; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel 09

Anchorages

West Bay

West Bay/wiki/Ponza#West_Bay
Anchorage icon West Bay [[Ponza#West Bay|West Bay]] 40°54.068'N, 012°57.859'E
The best anchorage is on the west side of the bay, well clear of the turning circle for the ferries. Anchor in 5.0 - 6.0 metres in mud. The anchorage is sheltered from all directions except NE to E.

Cala Chiaia di Luna

Cala Chiaia di Luna/wiki/Ponza#Cala_Chiaia_di_Luna
Anchorage icon Cala Chiaia di Luna [[Ponza#Cala Chiaia di Luna|Cala Chiaia di Luna]] 40°53.620'N, 012°57.091'E
With strong easterlies, Chiaia di Luna on the west side of the island offers better shelter.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Water available on most of the pontoons
Electricity Electricity available on most of the pontoons
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry At Ponza Mare
Garbage Bins around the harbour
Supplies
Fuel Fuel berth on the quay, but in very shallow water
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers Very limited
Services
Repairs Very limited. A small yard in the bay can haul out small yachts on a slipway
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Scooter hire outlets in the town. Cars are banned from Ponza during the peak summer season

Provisioning

Good provisioning in the town.

Eating out

Plenty of bars and trattorias around the bay, many of which are only open for the season.

Transportation

Ferries to Naples, Anzio, Terracina and Formia on the mainland.

Tourism

History

Ponza is one of the most spectacular of all the Italian offshore islands, its busy harbour ringed with huge rock pinnacles and its shores dotted with impressive natural rock formations. Ancient colonizers of the island include the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, all of whom left their imprint on the landscape. Ponza was a popular resort of the Roman emperors, who built or extended magnificent villas on the island, and later a place of exile for those who offended the imperial regime.

Places to Visit

Ponza town is very appealing – all low, rectangular houses painted in pastel colours and whitewashed walls and pavements. The fishing fleet is very colourful and photogenic. The walk round to the lighthouse affords wonderful views of the bay. An ancient Roman tunnel connects the town of Ponza to a large sandy beach called Chiaia di Luna on the west side of the island.

The town of Ponza
The picturesque waterfront of Ponza
Mooring pontoons in Ponza

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

Links to relevant websites.

References

See Italy.

Comments

We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • We anchored on the west side of Ponza bay and, on snorkeling down to check the anchor, discovered we had hooked it on the thwart of an ancient (possibly Roman) vessel, now buried deep in the mud. It may be wise to buoy your anchor, but only if the anchorage is not too full --Athene of Lymington 17:24, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

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