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The Romans and Neapolitans who vacation on Ponza do not bother with hotels; they either own summer houses here or, more likely, book one of the many case vacanza (short-term apartments or houses) on the island, available for a minimum 1-week rental. If you can commit to that length of stay and don't come in peak-peak season (when prices across the board increase by 50%), this is a very economical option, particularly if you're traveling with a family or group. A four-bedroom villa (sleeps 10) costs from 800€ to 1,200€ per week outside of August and the last week of July, while a two-person flat costs from 200€ to 350€ outside those peak periods. A good agency is Turistcasa (Via Roma 2; Ponza 04027 Italy; tel. 0771/809886; www.turistcasa.it).

Note that the highest hotel rates we've listed are only valid in August. For mid-week stays in other months, you'll often find that hotels are willing to sell you rooms for even less than the lowest rack rate.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.