Ferries from Ventotene connect the scenic Pontine Islands with Italy's Amalfi coast and the Bay of Naples. The island lies between Rome and Naples and is a popular destination for Italian vacationers. The easiest way for tourists to travel from Ventotene is by ferry to the mainland port of Naples Mergellina or to the neighbouring islands of Ponza and Ischia. To Naples hydrofoils run only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with approximately 5 ferries each week.
The Formia to Ventotene route is by far the most popular and offers travelers the most extensive range of options throughout the year with more crossings available between May and late September. During summer, it is also possible to take ferries to Ventotene from nearby Ponza or the beautiful island of Ischia and Naples Mergellina. There are up to 2 ferries from Ventotene to all destinations each day. Passengers should check schedules on the day for other destinations like Ischia and Ponza.
It's easy to travel from Ventotene to Naples on one of the daily ferries. The fast ferry is available 2 times on Saturday and Sunday during summer at 12:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. On Friday the only boat available leaves at 7:15 p.m. To Casamicciola (Ischia) 2 daily ferries depart at 12:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m, while to Ponza they leave at 10:05 p.m. and 5:50 p.m
The port of Ventotene was dug from the island's volcanic rock by the Ancient Romans. It is just a short walk from the port to the town center. Visitors may be interested to know that, in 2009, the wrecks of 5 Roman ships were found in the harbor with their cargo of olive oil and precious metals still mostly intact. Also good to know is that although cars are permitted on the island, they can only be driven for one hour prior to and one hour after the arrival of ferries. It is far easier to park at the port of Naples in the mainland. Everything on Ventotene is within walking distance, so it is easy to explore the port and town on foot.