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9.05.2016

Cala Fonte da U'Russulill - Ponza {Best Beach Clubs in Italy}


Cala Fonte da U'Russulill {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} Ponza

Cala Fonte da U'Russulill {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} Ponza

I have been to a lot of beach clubs in Italy. Some are fancy, some are famous, but most are pretty chill and laid back. We really like the whole rent a chair and umbrella, eat a long lunch and spend the entire day swimming, reading and napping thing. I consider myself something of an expert on the stabilimento scene. My visit to Cala Fonte da U'Russulill was full of surprises.

One morning in Ponza we decided to rent one of those beat up jalopies and drive all the roads on the island. So here's the thing. Ponza is seven and a half kilometers long and only has a few roads that are suitable for four wheels. After about thirty minutes we were done. It wasn't even close to lunchtime. We turned around at the end of the road and found a parking lot and took off on foot toward Cala Fonte, which I had a vague memory of hearing something about. We had a quick drink at Da Igino before taking the steps down. 

The water here is shades of emerald and cobalt and there are views of the island of Palmarola. The first stop was at the bar where we paid for our chairs and umbrellas but to get there we had to pay a coin take a small wooden boat alarmingly named Caronte was pulled across a small patch of water along ropes attached to either side. We chose a spot with a view and a breeze and settled in for a lazy afternoon.

After a few swims in the clear cool water I was reading and dozing in the summer sun when I looked up to find an enormous tray of bruschetta topped with fresh chopped tomatoes being offered. The snack made us realize we were hungry and soon an order for fresh tuna and tomato and mozzarella sandwiches was radioed to the bar and delivered right to our lettini. More swimming (after the requisite waiting for lunch to digest time), more reading and more dozing and this time I opened my eyes to an enormous tray of slices of watermelon on a bed of (rapidly melting) ice offered to me.

This is not a beach per se, but there is gorgeous clear water, good snorkeling and large rocks where chairs and umbrellas are perched. Water shoes make getting in and out of the water much easier. Stay for sunset. If you are looking for a very relaxed day with charming service (and snacks) in a beautiful place Cala Fonte da U'Russulill is for you.


Cala Fonte da U'Russulill {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} Ponza

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Cala Fonte da U'Russulill {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} Ponza

Cala Fonte da U'Russulill {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} Ponza

Cala Fonte da U'Russulill {Best Beach Clubs in Italy} Ponza

Cala Fonte da U'Russulill
Cala Fonte

There are two parking lots in Cala Fonte, one up at the top near the road and one smaller one much closer to the beach.

You can also take the bus which leaves from the parking lot near the port. 

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