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Secret Italy: Under the Tyrrhenian sun

By Natascha Mirosch
Updated December 9 2022 - 6:18pm, first published October 7 2022 - 12:20pm

It's early morning on the isle of Ponza. The sea looks like an artist has dipped a brush with the remnants of turquoise paint into a glass of water. From our terrace we watch a bagnino (lifeguard), setting out sun lounges and unfurling bright yellow umbrellas on water-smoothed black rocks surrounding a natural pool. From somewhere between the cliffs and sea, where pink, lavender and primrose-hued houses hide among unruly greenery, a rooster crows. In Cala Feola, the next cove along, fishermen unfasten their boats and putter across the bay and out to sea.

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