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Ponza is the largest of the group of the five islands of Lazio, located off of Italy's west coast, half-way between Rome and Napoli. The island is small, only five miles from tip to tip, and only 650 feet across. Ponza, as well as its surrounding islands, was formed by volcanoes, giving its landscape a jagged and rough appearance with steep cliffs heading down into the sea. The island is also full of inlets, harbors, and rocky coves in spite of its small size.
Ponza has two main towns, the first, Ponza, which is built up around the island's main port, and Le Forna, five miles away. Ponza is also full of historic sites dating back to ancient Roman times including the Pilatus Caves where they once bred Muranea fish, a favorite Roman food source.
Ponza is a favorite summer destination for Italians as well as visitors to Italy because of its beautiful scenery, seaside location, and quaint towns. It can be reached by ferry from Napoli, and also makes a nice day trip for visitors to that city.