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.

While on my 10-day excursion around Italy with a group of bloggers, we took a boat tour to see all of this uniqueness and history first-hand by Maurizio, a local and head of TuristCasa.

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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  1. Franca August 30, 2014 at 4:14 am

    What a great video Ryan and that water was so clear and beautiful. Ponza and its caves are now officially on my places to see in Italy, the list only gets longer 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt August 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Franca! Glad you dig it! Yes it was so clear, and even though it was salt water, I could open my eyes underwater. You need to visit, glad I could entice you!

  2. Maria Falvey August 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Would love to move through the labyrinth of underground spaces – Wow!

    1. JustChuckinIt October 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Yes I love doing that kind of stuff to which made it so cool, my imagination ran wild Maria!

    1. JustChuckinIt October 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Mary, so happy you enjoyed it!

  3. rebecca September 29, 2014 at 2:18 am

    those caves look awesome! love reading about them but this video is great

    1. JustChuckinIt October 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      So happy you enjoyed the video Rebecca!

  4. LuAdventure September 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thats an awesome video mate! Great underwater footage. I’m definitely convinced I would visit these kind of caves one day. Thanks!


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