There is just something about an island. Italy is full of them. Sicily and Sardegna are the biggest, Procida is the Instagram darling, and you already know how I feel about Ponza. Ventotene is rarely mentioned in the roll call. Located off the coast south of Rome, midway between Ischia and Ponza, Ventotene was where emperors banished troublesome women and dictators imprisoned their political enemies. Windswept and isolated and once known as Pandateria, today it is the perfect escape from city life. Completely absent is the frantic buzz that you find on Capri or even the Roman chic vibe of Ponza.