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“interesting boat tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Grotte di Pilato

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Rome, Italy
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“interesting boat tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

Travelling with a small baby, we didn't want too long an excursion. This was perfect to sample the beautiful sights along one side of the island and get back to port after an hour or so.
The Pilato caves were excavated in Roman times (Pilato was the architect - no relation to the infamous Pontius) and the feat is impressive even for someone like me with zero interest in engineering.
There are remains of a Roman villa and Roman fortifications, a beach that was used for prisoners in exile to clean up after their working day - evenin freezing February, a lighthouse, a botanical garden, a hiking trail with wild goats scampering around, various rock formations and caves, chunks taken out of the cliffs to build houses, driftwood, a local artist's house on its own tiny island...
Our knowledgeable guide described the various items of interest and their history, which made the tour so much more interesting, although we would also have had a lovely time just looking at the scenery.
There are many boats for hire; our hotel had advised us to go to the Ponza cooperative, and although I can't compare with others whose services I haven't used, I'd definitely book with them again as I had full confidence in the safety of the boat and the professionalism of the crew, and the guide was great. The price was EUR12 per adult.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Do visit but make sure you know the story behind it...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2012

We hired a boat and skipper to take us on a tour of some of the sights of Ponza from the water, first stop out of Porto was the Grotte di Pilato, amazing caves and tunnel system carved out of the rock by slaves in the Etruscan (i think) times, apparently for Roman women to bath in so their skin did not get burnt by the sun. If we had visited without a skipper we would have found it interesting but less so as we were told the story and taken around the coastline to see where the tunnel system ended, which was quite some distance up the cliff face and around the corner...apparently also good to swim in but we did not.

Visited August 2012
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

Take your togs rent a boat and go on your own swim and explore these amazing caves.

been coming here for years and it never fails to amaze me

Visited August 2012
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“Well worth a worth a one hour (E30) excursion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

Terrific colours and seascapes. There are several boats round the port to be hiored (with a guide). Take a small one which will allow access actually in to the smaller caves (such as the Lion's Cave).

Visited June 2012
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