2015-08-14 Isola Ventotene to Cala Inferno, Ponza Island, Italy

Early morning sun on Ventotene town
Early morning sun on Ventotene town
 A few of the armarda of vessels moored overnight have already left the port
A few of the armarda of vessels moored overnight have already left the port
Tangaroa and another yacht still in the bay
Tangaroa and another yacht still in the bay
We take the dinghy ashore to explore the old town of Ventotene
We take the dinghy ashore to explore the old town of Ventotene
In ancient Roman times Ventotene was an old galley port
In ancient Roman times Ventotene was an old galley port
The entrance to Porto Vecchio
The entrance to Porto Vecchio
 Porto Vecchio is an amazing small harbour excavated in ancient times by the Romans with galley sheds literally carved out of rock
Porto Vecchio is an amazing small harbour excavated in ancient times by the Romans with galley sheds literally carved out of rock
The small port is rectangular in shape  and only takes vessels of less than 10 metres at the busy time of year
The small port is rectangular in shape and only takes vessels of less than 10 metres at the busy time of year
It is very hard to secure a spot in Porto Vecchio
It is very hard to secure a spot in Porto Vecchio
It is hard to imagine how in ancient times huge sections were carved out of the rock
It is hard to imagine how in ancient times huge sections were carved out of the rock
 The breakwater of the new port by Cala Rossano
The breakwater of the new port by Cala Rossano
Areas along the coast in Porto Nuova also have had major sections carved out of the rock
Areas along the coast in Porto Nuova also have had major sections carved out of the rock
This large port has a number of different groups hiring out marina berths in the busy summer months
This large port has a number of different groups hiring out marina berths in the busy summer months
 The sheltered Porto Vecchio
We tie up the dinghy and walk to the sheltered Porto Vecchio
The carved openings by the port are now used as bars and shops
The carved openings by the port are now used as bars and shops
We take one of the walkways to the higher part of the town
We take one of the walkways to the higher part of the town
 Overlooking the amazing Porto Vecchio
Overlooking the amazing Porto Vecchio
The main square of the town called Piazza Castello
The main square of the town called Piazza Castello
The Castello in the piazza
The Castello in the piazza
Great views to San Stefano
Great views to San Stefano
The Tangaoa moored in the bay
The Tangaoa moored in the bay
The beach has amost totally been taken over by umbrellas and sun lounges
The beach has amost totally been taken over by umbrellas and sun lounges

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Da Verde is a great place to have a coffee during the day
Da Verde is a great place to have a coffee during the day in the main piazza
By the piazza are small streets, one with a fabulous bakery and nearby a handy supermarket
By the piazza are small streets, one with a fabulous bakery and nearby a handy supermarket

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The zigzag walkway to and from the Porto Vecchio harbour
The zigzag walkway to and from the Porto Vecchio harbour
In olden Roman times the rock chambers were used for storing goods however today a bar operates out of one
In olden Roman times the rock chambers were used for storing goods however today a bar operates out of one
In a couple of other carved rock chambers there is a small eatery and also a diving business in the other
In a couple of other carved rock chambers there is a small eatery and also a diving business 
Colourful fishing boats are always close by
Colourful fishing boats are always close by
By Porto Ramano in the large harbour the seawall is covered in interesting murals
By Porto Ramano in the large harbour the seawall is covered in interesting murals and grafitti
A sophisticated network of underground cisterns from the ingenuity of the Romans still can be seen today on the island
A sophisticated network of underground cisterns from the ingenuity of the Romans still can be seen today on the island
We head back to the Tangaroa with a few groceries, plenty of photos and an urge to move on
We head back to the Tangaroa with a few groceries, plenty of photos and an urge to move on
During our 2.5 hour trip from Ventotene to the Pontine Islands we had some playful visitors join us
During our 2.5 hour trip from Ventotene to the Pontine Islands we had some playful visitors join us
A small group of dolphins played at our bow for a few minutes as they crossed our path
A small group of dolphins played at our bow for a few minutes as they crossed our path
We near the Pontine Islands west of Ventotene
We near the Pontine Islands west of Ventotene
Approaching Ponza Island, the largest of the Pontine Islands
Approaching Ponza Island, the largest of the Pontine Islands
The rugged cliffs of the Ponza coastline
The rugged cliffs of the Ponza coastline
There are several bays on the east coast where boats are anchored
There are several bays on the east coast where boats are anchored
There are also a number of much larger motor vessels also anchored in the lovely bays
There are also a number of much larger motor vessels also anchored in the lovely bays
We take a quick tour around the main harbour area of Ponza Town
We take a quick tour around the main harbour area of Ponza Town
The multicoloured houses and buildings around the port look amazing
The multicoloured houses and buildings around the port look amazing
 Ponza certainly is a very attractive old town
Ponza certainly is a very attractive old town
Ponza  port
Ponza port
 Pretty pastel houses creep up the hills around the Ponza harbour
Pretty pastel houses creep up the hills around the Ponza harbour
Many unusual rock statues appear to rise out of the water around Ponza
Many unusual rock statues appear to rise out of the water around Ponza
So many day tripper boats taking visitors out to the bays around the island
So many day tripper boats taking visitors out to the bays around the island
The small private island called Scoglio Ravia which fringes the port has a house with many stairs to get to the front door from the water
The small private island called Scoglio Ravia which fringes the port has a house with many stairs to get to the front door from the water
The white cliffs of Cala Inferno look amazing
The white cliffs of Cala Inferno look amazing
Spicy chicken and vegetable curry tonight
Spicy chicken and vegetable curry tonight

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