What to see near the port of Ventotene
Those arriving by ferry or hydrofoil on the port of Ventotene can immediately start their visit. The very first thing to see is Porto Romano, an extremely valuable engineering work that continues to amaze after more than a thousand years. In fact, the Romans excavated thousands of cubic meters of tuff to make the landing. The caves we see walking - now used as bars, diving centers, etc. - are still those built in the 1st century A.D.
From that time also the fishpond at the foot of the lighthouse. Here too we are in the presence of an absolutely state-of-the-art fish farming system by the standards of the time, further demonstrating the level of technological development reached by Roman civilization.
Still on the subject of Roman traces, the Archaeological Museum on the ground floor of the Bourbon fort where the town hall is located is absolutely worth a visit. While, with reference to the Bourbons, if it can be visited, it is worth stopping on the island of Santo Stefano where the rulers of the Kingdom of Naples had a prison built for Risorgimento political opponents. As it is sadly known, the fascist regime also used the prison of Santo Stefano, and the island of Ventotene, to imprison or exile those who opposed Mussolini's dictatorship. Cala Nave beach and the church of Santa Candida, patron saint of the island, are not far from the port.