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Ponza or Pontia (Isola Di Ponza) is the largest of the Italian Pontine Islands archipelago, located 33 km south of Cape Circeo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It also the name of the commune of the island, a part of the province of Latina in the Lazio.Ponza is the largest in the Pontine Islands, which are the remains of extinct volcanos, with a surface area is 7.3 square kilometers. It is a crescent shaped island with one large beach called Spiaggia di Chiaia di Luna (Half Moon Beach) and a few small beaches and has a mostly rocky coast made of kaolin and tufa rock. It has many odd natural rock formations, one looks like a monk, another looks like a giant pair of pants (Arco Naturale O Spaccapolpi), another looks like a patch of flowers and another one looks like mushrooms. It also has Faraglione's or giant stacks made of solid rock.The island is famed for its Blue Grottos, which were created by the Etruscans. It has the Serpents Grotto and the Roman Gallery which is a Roman tunnel that connects the town of Ponza to the large sandy beach called Chiaia di Luna on its west side. There are Egyptian, Canaanite, Greek, and Phoenician Necropoli ruins at the middle of the island. It has several small villages,among them are Commune di Ponza, Santa Maria and Le Forna. Ponza is often confused with nearby islands like Ischia and Capri, except Ponza has no active volcanism.

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