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The Island

Ponza is the largest of the Pontine Islands (the archipelago includes the islands of Gavi, Zannone, Palmarola, Ventotene and Santo Stefano) and is located in the center of the Tyrrhenian Sea, opposite the promontory of San Felice Circeo, which is about 18 miles .It belongs to the province of Latina, in Lazio.
Ponza has an area of 7.5 km ² and is almost entirely mountainous: the center dominated by mountains Core (201 m), Twenty Three (177 m) and Pagliaro (177 m), reaches the maximum altitude of 280 m upstream of the Monte Guardia , located at the southern end of the island.
The beaches are mostly rocky and jagged, composed of kaolin and tufa, proving (along with numerous volcanic craters off but still recognizable) of the volcanic island. The presence of underwater caves and reefs annually attract thousands of  divers, swimmers and of course, who prefer the famous beach of Chiaia di Luna (south-west), surrounded by high cliffs overlooking the sea. Famous are also the Cliff and Faraglioni of Lucia Rosa, named after the protagonist of a tragedy really happened in the nineteenth century. Lucia Rose was a young woman of 19 years, in love with a poor farmer and therefore not entitled to marriage by the family, the girl, in despair, committed suicide by jumping from high cliffs, which was renamed in his name by the inhabitants of place.
The shape of the island is narrow and elongated, and extends from Faraglione La Guardia, south to Punta Incense, north-east, overlooking the nearby island of Gavi, the latter is separated from Ponza by an arm sea just 120 meters away. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean, with a prevalence of agaves, prickly pears and brooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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