From Porto di Ponza, you can take a boat out to the tiny island of Palmarola, and swim or snorkel into vaulted grottoes set back into high cliffs. Rising sharply from the topaz surface of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Italian island of Ponza has never lost its primeval aura. Though its port towns today have tight clusters of confetti-colored houses, Ponza’s beaches are backed by embankments of raw lava petrified into striking shapes—a natural monument to the earth in its formative years, and a reminder of how this outpost looked to the Etruscans and Greeks who arrived here on early explorations of the area. “We’re out here in the middle of the sea, following in the footsteps of Ulysses and reconnecting with the philosophy of the ancient Greeks, ” says eminent Roman artist (and protégé of Cy Twombly’s) Alberto Di Fabio, who purchased a remote property on Ponza a decade ago, transforming the white stucco home over long summers into a refuge from urban life. “This place is where I go to dream of more analog times, ” he says with a smile. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Travel Kinfolk Travel Slower ways to see the world. Travel A Cruise Along England’s Canals England’s Grand Union Canal will lead you from West London to central Birmingham, past all that is green and pleasant about this isle. Travel The Ferry to Orcas Island Arrive to Orcas Island via ferry and you’ll disembark feeling calm, curious and ready to embrace the slow drift into island time. Travel A Swiss Cable Car Safari Sail up into the sky on one of Switzerland's tiny rope trains, and discover the heady pleasures of higher pastures. Travel City Guide Wythe Hotel A Williamsburg pioneer of industrial chic. Travel City Guide The Moore Hotel For business or pleasure: A former poet’s house in Chelsea.