In June, I was cruising around Italy on the crystal blue Mediterranean exploring one of the Pontine islands, the salty breeze whipping through my hair, and the bright beaming sun above. Shades on, smile on. Need I say more? Yes, because those aren’t the best parts of boating around Isola di Ponza (Ponza Island) in Italy.
The best part was discovering secret ancient caves written about in Homer’s Odyssey!
This island, which is made of hardened volcanic rock and once was connected by a land-bridge to mainland Italy ages ago, now holds geological formations in an array of colors and shapes. The island was settled long before the Romans by the Etruscans, but both found the island perfect for carving out caves and tunnels, creating a labyrinth of passageways and underground grottos. Some of which have sunken along with the island, leaving them submerged.
Though we cruised around for nearly a full day, we spent most of our time in the Grotto Azura, or Blue Grotto, and the underwater network of caves — as well as ancient Roman caves carved out to house marine life being farmed or kept, and other animals.
It’s even rumored that Ponza, and the sea caves, were a location in Homer’s Odyssey and a witch’s cave told in the book. Pretty nifty I’d say.
Come explore the caves with me as we go into the underworld of Isola di Ponza.
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